The clean version of “Lie to Me”, the Czech entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has been released. This is the version that will be performed at the contest.
Mikolas Josef recorded the new version of his song in Austria. The song needed to be changed because it contained a number of expletives which cannot be performed on the Eurovision stage. In recent years a number of songs competing in Eurovision selections have featured swearing, including in Sweden and Norway.
The original lyrics also included a reference to Prada. Commercial messages are also not allowed under the rules of the contest. Several entries have featured brand names which had to be removed, such as “Cheesecake”, the Belarusian entry in 2014, in which the reference to Google Maps had to be replaced with “all the maps”.
Mikolas Josef was selected to represent the Czech Republic after winning Eurovision Song CZ, the first Czech national selection since the country’s return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015. The 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, the Czech Republic were not present in the final in Kyiv.
Czech Republic in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 Gunčíková finished 25th in the final with the song “I Stand”.