From more than 400 entries, the Czech Republic has chosen just six finalists for Eurovision Song CZ — its national selection for Eurovision 2018. The acts span the musical spectrum from old school rock to mysterious pop balladry to R&B funk.

Czech broadcaster CT is keeping it simple and conducting the contest entirely online, with no live television broadcast. But the public will definitely play a part, as the voting results will be determined by a 50-50 televote-jury split.

Voting has been open since January 8. It’s taking place on the Eurovision app and is free of charge. And while everyone can vote from anywhere in the world, only votes from users within the Czech Republic will count toward the result. The international jury will submit their scores on January 22.  Just one week later — on January 29 — CT will reveal the winner.

As you wait for the official results, why not have a listen and let us know your favourites? You can watch the lyric videos below. Then vote in our poll. As always, you can vote for as many acts as you like, but you can only vote once, so make it count. Be sure to click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

Doctor Victor – “Stand Up”

Debbi — “High On Love”

Eddie Stoilow — “We Rule This World”

Eva Buresova — “Fly”

Mikolas Josef — “Lie To Me”

Pavel Callta — “Never Forget”

Who is your favourite in Eurovision Song CZ?

Which songs are your favourites? Who would you like to see representing the Czech Republic in Lisbon? Let us know in the comments box down below. 

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Rita
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Rita

A disappointing selection. Kind of like Malta, most of the songs didn’t stand out except for one. For the Czech Republic its Lie to Me. It’s different in this selection and, even though, it has that same feel as Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo, I think this is Czech’s best chance of making the final. It has that slight jazz element that I love.

Zebb
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Zebb

Overall it’s fine here. It’s between Eddie, Debbie and Mikolas for me.

I mostly tend to Eddie’s WRTW, but I also see how it oozes too calmness which may not be right feature to win selection. Debbie is fine but her song doesn’t leave much after it’s gone. Mikolas, having big chances here, has got a bop with choreo and sass, but I sense lack of better bridge before final part.
I would add Fly as well if I wouldn’t be little tired of vocal in the end.

AngieP
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AngieP

For now, I’m routing for “High on love”, “Fly” and “Lie to me”.

Franky
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Franky

Fly has all the atmosphere and production but sounds very much like Katy Perry’s “Rise”. Also I was let down by it; it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. It builds to nothing.

I’m still going for “Lie to Me”. It’s instantly catchy and the lyrics will change of course for that second crass verse. Helps he’s very attractive

Emma
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Emma

High on Love is the best song by far. I would love to see this kind of track at Eurovision.

Lie to Me reminds me very much of Talk Dirty to Me by Jason Derulo. It’s catchy but the lyrics are too crass for my liking.

Mark
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Mark

Boo

Colin
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Colin

Lie To Me is clearly a very divisive song. However, it draws attention, which is ultimately a good thing for ESC. Some will love it and will passionately vote for it. Others will passionately hate it, but there are no negative points televote-wise. I would expect it to do great in televote and rock-bottom with juries, finally scoring a borderline qualification and subsequently, around 15th place at GF. That would be a Czech record, though, so a good thing.

Scher
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Scher

I agree with you 🙂

Roddie Santos
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Roddie Santos

High On Love all the way! This is the kind of song Czechia needs to stand out in ESC, not the most overrated song of the season, Lie To Me! Something happy with great lyrics, and with some What’s The Pressure and Jess Glynne vibes that could definitely be a Top 10 contender like the other song was. Let’s be honest, no matter how appealing Lie To Me might be as a modern pop song, we already have plenty of better examples in other national finals like Serena’s Safari (Romania) and Alejandro Reyes’ Compass (Switzerland). If Czech Republic wants to… Read more »

Azaad
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Azaad

Lie to Me is my guilty pleasure and could be a more modern Euroclub classic in 5 years but it will tank in Lisbon. It won’t translate well live. Czechia struggles with the televote and unless it’s both fun and professional this would tank with the jury. Still it’s a good song to groove to.

Mark
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Mark

What are you talking about? 2015 they would have qualified for the final if it were televote only.

Azaad
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Azaad

True but that was an anomaly. I was referring to 2016 and 2017.

Mark
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Mark

Two examples don’t make a rule.

Kameron
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Kameron

I went on the Eurovision app to vote for Mikolas, but Eurovision Song CZ section had the German selection from 2017s pictures and still had vote already marked and I couldn’t change it. 🙁
The videos and names are right, but the pictures are wrong and my vote from last year is stuck!

AB
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AB

I would try either updating or uninstalling/reinstalling the application.

Jo
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Jo

Mikolas will win and qualify at ESC. But he won’t be in my top 10. I’m saying by to Czech Republic just like I did to Malta, Estonia and Switzerland. Nothing for me here.
BYE!

Mark
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Mark

It’s a bit early, considering the vast majority of countries haven’t released any songs.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Eva Buresova’s “Fly” for me.

gav
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gav

Do you not think Nicolas Josef’s song is a bit sexist and dated in the lyric department. Nice sound by total turn off with what comes out of his mouth lyrically. Its like a leaching old man “By the way she moves she got me making a puddle” , “Her skirt goes up like Marilyn Monroe”

Robyn Gallagher
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I hadn’t paid much attention to the lyrics, but yeah, they are pretty sleazy. I’m also disappointed by the two truncated uses of the F-word (could he not think of any other way to rephrase the lyric?). And then there’s the mention of “Prada” which is specifically against Eurovision rules. The version fans are being asked to vote on is not going to be the version heard if it goes to Lisbon.

Mark
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Mark

This happens all the time. Lisa Ajax dropped the F Bomb many times at last years Melodifestivalen…

And if were complaining about voting on songs that wouldn’t be the same at Eurovision then we’d have to complain about every song that is over 3 minutes when selected. That means nearly every song from Italy and Albania, including ‘Mall’. Also songs that introduce English language at some point, so Alma from last year is also guilty.

A lot of this topic is just semantics.

Matthew ESC
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Matthew ESC

I honestly thought this was a very weak selection

2 awful horrific songs and 4 meh songs.

Mikolas josef is my fav but the lyrics are awful.

Matt
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Matt

1) Lie to Me is a really fun track, someone drew a comparison to Liam Payne which I agree with, but I think it’s a great thing, it really works on this track. This would be a great one to stage 2) Fly is probably the best song, but I was not feeling Eva’s vocals. The three women Czech Rep. sent in the last three years is of a high standard, not sure I want her as a successor. But I can’t deny her song is atmospheric and definitely generates a reaction. 3) High On Love, I also wouldn’t mind… Read more »

Flynn
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Flynn

Eva has my favourite song but Pavel would do best at Eurovision. It’ll get loads of points from jury like “Don’t Come Easy” and if people get behind it like they did with Roman Lob or Tom Dice then it’s going to assure a top 10 placing

Rainn
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Rainn

I truly cannot understand how can you like Lie To Me, I mean, it’s EXTREMELY OBNOXIOUS!!!!!
The NF isn’t great, as the one who is decent is Eva Bureshová and the song is a bit boring.
Shame on you, Czechia.

Muzah
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Muzah

I don’t get all the hype about “lie to me” i much prefer debbi and high on love its such a good song.

esc freak
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esc freak

Debbi for the win!

NickC
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NickC

I prefer Debbi, but I can live with a Mikolas victory.

sam
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sam

mark my words, mikolas will be 2018’s “hey mamma” with the right staging

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

When you say something is going to smash, it flops, so I’ll mark these words and print them for receipts.

Hunter Doerksen
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Hunter Doerksen

Sunstroke project had prior eurovision fame at the meme level, humorous themes in their music, and actual singing throughout the song. 3 things that aren’t present here. A synthesized sax loop is the only thing that would remotely link this song to “Hey Mamma”

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I think Lie to Me is like 100x better than “Hey Mamma” – that was so cheap for me, while Lie to Me is not even tho it’s not the most original song, and even if the vocals will not be the best this is a BOP like Margaret’s “Cool Me Down”. And I’m one of the rare ones who think not why you like this, but why you hate this?

Scher
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Scher

I think Mikolas would be the best choice for Czech Republic. I’m so tired of Czech Republic sending female artists with ballads so Mikolas Josef with “Lie To Me” would be a really nice change for that.

Geo
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Geo

The 3 boys in the right pic (the first row) look like Hanson brothers, lol!
Mmmbop?

Kaz
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Kaz

Hmmm. Not a bad selection but I don’t think there’s a winner in here. Most of the songs are decent and most of the instrumentals in the songs are actually pretty great. I have a problem though. It’s the lyrics. I know that people from the Czech Republic may not have the best English but some of these lyrics are either weird, cringy or grammatically incorrect. They should at least proof check it with someone who can speak English fluently. The good news is however most people only listen to a song once and remember the chorus so I guess… Read more »

Sandra Devoto
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Sandra Devoto

“Lie to me”??

Really? You think that’s “funny” or “clever” – is that from your position of male privilege?

Rose McGowan will be seething – it’s like #MeToo and #TimesUp have never happened.

It – and in turn YOU appall me!

Matthew
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Matthew

I interpret the song as in she cheated on him but he likes her body so much that he is willing to let it go, aka he wants her to “lie to him” so that he can continue to be with her…
I wouldn’t say her cheating on him is “male privilege” but maybe you are just joking I truly don’t know.

Mark
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Mark

The more you talk about it, the less people will agree with you.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

The only song that would qualify is lie to me
The other 5 would be totally chanceless if they went to eurovision

fan
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fan

A poor selection the only song with any chance is ” Never Forget”

Mark
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Mark

LMAO

@ljay815
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I’m really impressed by this selection! I’m just a little gutted we won’t get an awesome televised national final! Czech’s should take note that how the songs sound live is very important so it’s a shame they’re skimming over that issue with studio tracks only.
I’d be happy with a number of these! If Lie To Me wins I’m glad we’ve got a decent bop in the main ESC songs for 2018 already.

Mark
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Mark

I agree. Eurovision has a reputation for meaning 10, 20 years behind. It doesn’t help when the only songs submitted are old fashioned.

If Mikolas doesn’t win, then everyone who voted against him can’t complain about Eurovision being outdated and a laughing stock of the Music Industry.

Héctor
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Héctor

Tbh I don’t see a winner here, but the line-up it’s decent. I still prefer Switzerland.

This is my top 6 (my thoughts on this songs are posted in the songs reveal topic):

1. Eva Buresova – Fly (7.5/10)
2. Eddie Stoilow – We Rule This World (7/10)
3. Pavel Callta – Never Forget (6.75/10)
4. Debbi – High on Love (6.25/10)
5. Mikolas Josef – Lie to Me (6/10)
6. Doctor Victor – StandUp (5/10)

Eva could make Czechia qualify and even take a top 15 placing, depending on the other contestants.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I do not detect any lies in this tasteful, thoughtful, wise comment. Slay.

Mark
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Mark

There is no accounting for taste.

Melania Trump
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Melania Trump

LIE TO ME ALL THE WAY

Mark
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Mark

Don’t you have more important things to be doing, Melania?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Czech Republic is here to slay!
Too bad I didn’t vote for 3 songs here as I only voted for Lie to Me and High on Love
Fly could also be a very great choice 🙂

Christian
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Christian

Lol, why does everyone like Lie to me so much? It’s not really bearable for me, sorry. I think, Fly would be the perfect song for Lisbon.

Azerty
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Azerty

Because it’s catchy and funny like Hey Mama last year ‘-‘ ?

Irelalaland
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Irelalaland

Hey mamma last year should have stayed in the semi final, and if it wins, so should Lie to Me

Catriona Colville
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Catriona Colville

The lyrics are disgusting and misogynistic. The music is nowhere near as catchy as “Hey Mamma”.

Mark
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Mark

Because it’s the best song

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

I love seeing comments from people who clean their ears on a regular basis. Fly truly is THE song for Czechia. <3

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Hi Christian. I… agree with you! 🙂
Yey! It had to happen once. 😀

Colin
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Colin

Lie to Me, Fly and Never Forget are all great in different ways.

Cobra863
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Cobra863

Again, Lie to me is my one and only winner. It will definitely grab people’s attention and it would be a real break from previous czech entries.

H5rre
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H5rre

For me the songs that I think have the best potential to do great at Eurovision are ‘Lie To Me’ and ‘Fly’ but who I think will get to Eurovision representing their country, I think it’ll be Eva Buresova for sure. Her song gives me that same vibe Aminata gave me with her song in 2015. This song is like a mix of ‘Lovewave’, ‘Flashlight’ and ‘Love Injected’ i Love that ethno pop sound in songs like this really ?? so yeh even tho Mikolas is the boy favourite to win, I think Eva is the potential dark horse of… Read more »

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

Umm… I like “Lie to me” the most in this line-up. Even though I strongly doubt he can give us a good live performance, I still enjoy the song. I would also be happy with “Fly” winning. I don’t really like the other four songs.

irish esc
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irish esc

mikolas josef FTW

ESC Croatia Fan
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ESC Croatia Fan

I honestly don’t get the hype for Mikolas. He looks creepy, the song is literally a copy of something Liam Payne would do. It’s generic, chorus is made only by that melody. I couldn’t even finish the whole song till the end if I’m being honest here. His hand gestures and faces he makes in the music video (not the lyrics video) remind me of Jüri from Estonia in 2016. The song goes nowhere, it’s monotone, generic and bland like every other song you could hear on the radio. I quite enjoyed Debbi’s “High On Love” I love that kind… Read more »

Mana
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Mana

Finally someone who doesn’t like Lie to me 🙂

Mark
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Mark

Are you serious? Like the only people commenting arethose complaining about Mikolas…

RoboESC
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RoboESC

‘High on love’ stands out for me. I like it very much.
Don’t get why ‘Lie To Me’ got 60% of the votes here… it’s nice tho, but not a winner.

West
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West

I voted yesterday and gave my vote to Mikolas – it’s incredibly catchy song, but I’m afraid that the jury will rather vote for Eva – not that it’s a terrible song (even though the lyrics aren’t great – lyrics to Lie To Me aren’t the best either), but I think that we need a change.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Eva has the best song: current sound, but not generic. Interesting build-up and good vocals. I’m not saying she’s gonna win or even come close, but she would definitely qualify.

Mark
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Mark

#lies

Sami
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Sami

High on love!!!

John Moynahan
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John Moynahan

Well done Czech Republic
Only 6 entries but all have quality
Nicolas Josef’s song has initial impact that all successful Eurovision songs require.( we fans maybe in a bubble but most viewers will only see and hear the songs once) and this song WILL have impact
The other song which also appeals significantly is Debbi’s…..either of these 2 win and I’ll be happy for the Czech Republic

esc_fan_contest
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esc_fan_contest

I really want to win “Fly” by Eva!
It has that ethnic vibe that I totally love and I really want to see this going to Eurovision.

Maros
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Maros

Mikolas Josef by far!