This evening the Czech Republic’s national broadcaster announced that the 22 y.o singer, Mikolas Josef, will be the country’s representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest next May in Lisbon. Mikolas will represent the country with his song Lie To Me .

The young singer was born in Prague and comes from a family of musicians. He has studied and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. At the age of 17 he started working professionally as a model, a job he gave up later. In 2015 he began his career in the music industry making his debut with the single  Hands Bloody.

Τhe entry Lie To Me is the country’s 7th participation in the contest. It’s a rather uptempo song that was inspired by a past relationship Mikolas experienced and didn’t have the end he expected. However, the song sends the message that despite the unfortunate break up life goes on and nothing has finished.

 The artists that attempted to represent the country in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and took part in the national selection were:

The winner was determined by a combination of online voting through a Eurovision application for mobile phones and an international 10 member jury voting. Each voting had a 50% share each. Although the online voting was open to all people, only the votes coming from the country’s residents were taken into account. The online voting closed on January 22.

A day after the national broadcaster announced that the winner of the international jury voting was Mikolas Josef who topped the scoreboard with a total of 68 points.

The national jury consisted of the following members:

  • Dami Im ( Australia 2016)
  • Iveta Mukuchyan ( Armenia 2016)
  • Nathan Trent ( Austria 2017)
  • Jalisse ( Italia 1997)
  • Liora ( Israel 1995)
  • Robin Bengtsson ( Sweden 2017)
  • Naviband ( Belarus 2017)
  • Sanja Vucic ( Serbia 2016)
  • SunStroke Project ( Moldova 2010, 2017)
  • Norma John ( Finland 2017)

The Story So Far

The Czech Republic counts a total of 6 participations in the Contest.  The country debuted back in 2007 without qualifying to the final. The same result came for the country in the next two year. After these negative results the country withdrew from the contest for 5 successive years (2010-2014) and make a comeback in the year 2015. In 2016 Gabriela Gunčíková with her song I Stand achieved for the first time to bring Czech Republic in the Grand final. Last year the country was represented by Martina Bárta with her song My Turn, which didn’t manage to qualify to the final despite being in the juries’ top ten.