Mikolas Josef has been selected to represent the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
It has been announced that Mikolas Josef will sing for the Czech Republic on the Eurovision stage this May with his song “Lie To Me”. The singer was the winner of the international jury vote, but it’s unknown how well he did in the public vote. The members of the jury included Eurovision stars such as Dami Im, Robin Bengtsson, Sunstroke Project, and Norma John, to name a few.
The six songs that were competing for the chance to represent the Czech Republic are:
- Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me
- Pavel Callta – Never Forget
- Eva Burešová – Fly
- Eddie Stoilow – We Rule This World
- Doctor Victor – StandUP
- Debbi – High on Love
More than four hundred songs were submitted to the national selection this year. Among the six competing entries in the national selection, three of them have been written by their respective artists. One of these entries will have to be rewritten should it win the selection and compete in the Eurovision Song Contest. This is due to the fact that the lyrics contain expletive language. This does not comply with the rules set by EBU for all songs chosen to be in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Czech Republic are hoping that 2018 will see their fortunes reversed. After finally qualifying for the final for the first time ever in 2016, last year Martina Bárta could only manage 13th Place in the semi-final with her entry ‘My Turn’. This meant that once more, Czech Republic were not present in the final in Kyiv.
The Czech Republic debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 with the band Kabát and the song “Malá dáma”, they finished last in the semi-final scoring just 1 point from Estonia. The country went on to participate for a further two years before withdrawing from the contest after the 2009 edition in Moscow where Gipsy.cz scored nul points. In 2016 the Czech Republic qualified for their first final, Gabriela Guncikova finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.