His song “Lie to Me” has been making waves in the fandom ever since it was released last fall. And on Monday Mikolas Josef saw the buzz move up a notch as Czech broadcaster CZ released the final line-up of songs for Eurovision Song CZ  — its national selection for Eurovision.

On Wednesday, as hype continued to build, the 22-year-old star sat down with wiwibloggs for his first English-language interview. Among other things, he discussed the songwriting process behind his hit, his saucy lyrics, what it was like working with THAT camel in his music video and the fact he was offered Martina Barta’s Eurovision 2017 song “My Turn”.

“I’m really happy that the nationals are going on,” he says. “The last time the nationals went on was in 2008. You can feel the vibe. You can feel that people think differently about Eurovision now here in the country because there is a lot of competition going on. You can switch the radio on and hear people talking about it. It pushes the standard higher and motivates people to do better.”

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Both of his parents were English teachers in the past and he attended an English school. And it really shows as he glides through his answers in perfect English.

He’s the runaway favourite in our poll and has enjoyed a wave of support on social media. But he doesn’t want to think of this as a matter of winners and losers.

“I’m trying not to look at Eurovision as a competition, because honestly I think it’s more about people and nations getting together and trying to push each other further…I’m trying to really take it easy on the competition. I’m just here to have fun and see what happens.”

“Most of the people I know from the nationals are my friends. We’re just there hanging out. We’re not trying to take it seriously or go against each other somehow. This is music. You cannot be so competitive about it or it ruins it.”

His song was a long time coming.

“I remember having the first demo version last year on October the 8th. I remember sending it to some friends of mine. It’s been a year that I had it in my pocket and I just waited to release it. Honestly, I enjoyed working on ‘Lie to Me’ the most so far. You never know what’s going to end up on the radio, but I know I enjoyed every second that I worked on it. It was good to finally do something dance-y and really positive.”

Support for the song grew organically.

“There was a huge wave on social media where famous models and famous bloggers started to share this song without me asking for it or knowing them. I was really surprised. Just the fact that it got to the national final makes sense because a lot of people stood up for the song and said it sounded international. The one year wait was worth it.”

His lyrics have raised many eyebrows — they’re cheeky, sassy and at times ambiguous. So we had to ask what he meant with this gem: “By the way she moves, got me making a puddle…”

“I was thinking about sweat. I think making a puddle would be about peeing yourself from excitement, like a little dog. You can interpret it any way you want.”

“Genuinely this song is about a young man having a hard time finding the right woman — or a relationship — and being after a breakup that didn’t end the best way and trying to get things off your chest, but in a positive way. This is about hard times that you’re going through and not getting swallowed by the negativity. I try to take the negativity, transform it in myself somehow and spit it out in a positive way so it’s dance-y and people can be happy when listening to the song.”

Initially he wanted to include a bear in his music video rather than a camel, “but then I learned that it’s not legal to be shooting with such animals, and I went for a camel. The lady was really fun. She said, ‘he really loves music. he’s really friendly.'”

“He took about three rides with me around the studio and I kind of panicked. But it was fun….sometimes he moved. Some people asked me, ‘is this CGI?’ but the camel was actually there. Sometimes he did the moves.”

Mikolas Josef was offered “My Turn”

He also opened up about last year’s internal selection, which saw the Czech broadcaster approach him to compete. How far did those talks go?

“They went really far. The thing is last year they chose a song, which ended up being the song Martina sang at Eurovision [“My Turn”]. I didn’t really connect with the song. When they contacted me and asked me to put some vocals on the song I said, ‘I don’t think I would be comfortable with this because it’s not really a reflection of myself.’ To be an artist and try to put yourself into something you don’t feel and trying to share it with the people wouldn’t really make sense. So I said let’s see next year. That’s how far it went.”

Are you loving Mikolas’ personality? Do you think his song could make an impact at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Jo
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I like him more now. Hopefully he will get a spot in the Top 10.

esc freak
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Umm… that’s so not what the song is about.

Oisín T
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It’s not about getting swallowed by negativity, it’s about getting swallowed by your girlfriend who was actually cheating on you earlier.

Briekimchi
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He is definitely talking out of his backside when it comes to his explanation about the lyrics. Geez…just admit that it is a piece of throwaway, commercial songwriting and let us enjoy it.

Kaz
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I have to say that I think this song is the one that gives The Czech Republic their best chance at qualifying. For me I really like Debbi’s song High On Love. It’s funky and uptempo, vintage yet still fresh. I tried to like Fly but the lyrics and boring (sorry) music put me off. If I had to rank the songs I’d give 8/10 to both Lie To Me and High On Love. One of those two give CZ the best chance of qualifying.

M_K
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Mikolas Josef is everything what Robin Bengtsson desperately tried to be last year. It’s an obvious choice for the Czech Republic and I think they might do well if the juries are not scared off by the explicit lyrics (which will probably and sadly be reworked anyway).

Purple Mask
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I find this interview interesting, because of its timing. Pride in male sexuality is fast becoming a taboo in some Western countries because of the applied abuse of such actions by men in powerful positions. So my take on this interview is that Mikolas and his team are aware of this, and they are trying to spin the song in a slightly more innocent direction in order to manage it. If only I had the opportunity to throw some of it back at them. The song directly references going down on his body and making a puddle. It also contains… Read more »
Colin
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I like the song and it grabs the attention, but I am also on the edge with some of the lyrics. I would soften them a bit. Interestingly, as you say, male sexual freedom has started becoming a taboo more and more in the media. While real life and down-to-Earth problems are still very much hurting women, media portrayals are sometimes quite the opposite. Take an example: Remember when in 2007 Germany had a little sarcastic number called “Women Rule the World” and Russia had it’s own rock satire “Song Number One”. Both songs were really self-aware of the sexist… Read more »
Purple Mask
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Thanks Colin. All agreed.
Actually, if Mikolas would be willing to address the issue of consent when giving media interviews, then interest in this song could really take-off. There’s an opportunity here to have that discussion, if he and his team wish to take it.

dolu
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Good guy good personality good song BUT I really prefer Fly, sorry.
Lyrics of lie to me for esc….I’m not sure…..

West
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I think he will win the fan vote. Jury however is different story – I hope they’ll give him enough points.

James
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Now I’m curious as to how he would’ve sound had he sang “My Turn”.

Polegend Godgarina
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I thought it was about how she should have thought of him before she phucced another guy in the club.

It’s cute that he’s trying to sell this story, but the meaning of the lyrics (if there’s any) goes in another direction.

MESCZ
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He has to win, Czech Republic needs him, cause he would be very succesful and make the best result for them ever!! Fingers crossed 🙂