Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
It just lacks the power and accessibility of last year's entry from Mikolas Josef.
Česká Televize has today published the results of the Czech national final vote, which saw Lake Malawi’s Friend of a Friend selected to represent the nation in Tel Aviv.
I was quite keen on Lake Malawi’s inclusion in the national final, though my interest cooled when I listened to their song. Friend of a Friend has a certain early The 1975 influence, albeit a rather under-developed B-side – it just lacks the power and accessibility of last year’s entry from Mikolas Josef.
Therefore, it’s hard to see where the support will come from for Czech Republic. They are in the right semi-final to cause an upset. However, for that to happen they will need to be bold with the staging. I would be tempted to reinvent Georgia’s 2016 kaleidoscopic colour block concept and aim to turn their Eurovision performance into a vibrant 80s music video rather than a run-of-the-mill arena performance. Being visually memorable might just work in semi-1 subject to the quality of the songs yet to be chosen.
If the Czech Republic do somehow sneak into the final they’ll be in contention for last place.