Mikolas Josef, the Czech representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, has injured himself during his first rehearsal in the Altice Arena today.
Mikolas injured himself while doing a front flip on stage at the end of his performance. An onsite doctor recommended that he visit a local hospital as a precaution. As such, the meet and greet with the Czech delegation has been cancelled. Mikolas’ second rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday May 3.
Earlier this evening, Mikolas posted to Instagram to provide an update on the situation:
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I can confirm that I got injured during the rehearsal and the situation got worse after several hours. I cant even walk now. Got back from the first hospital and I am now heading to another one. Thanks for all your messages and prayers we are all doing our best to get me up on my feet soon. 🙏🏻❤️ I will perform no matter what.
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.
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”.
This is a developing story. We will provide any updates as we receive them.
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”.