On 29 January Czech broadcaster CT will reveal which of its six finalists — Doctor Victor, Debbi, Eddie Stoilow, Eva Buresova, Mikolas Josef and Pavel Callta — has won Eurovision Song CZ and the ticket to Eurovision 2018.
But ahead of next Monday’s reveal, the broadcaster has today announced that Mikolas won the jury vote with his toe-tapping track “Lie to Me”.
He and the other five artists were judged by an international jury comprised solely of former Eurovision contestants, including several acts from the most recent edition of the contest. Indeed, eight of the 10 jury spots were filled by artists who sang at the contest in 2016 or 2017.
The other two spots were filled by Liora (Eurovision 1995) and Jalisse (1997).
Eurovision Song CZ: International Jury
- Dami Im (Australia 2016)
- Iveta Mukuchyan (Armenia 2016)
- Jalisse (Italy, 1997)
- Liora (Israel 1995)
- Nathan Trent (Austria 2017)
- Naviband (Belarus 2017)
- Norma John (Finland 2017)
- Robin Bengtsson ( Sweden 2017)
- Sanja Vucic (Serbia 2016)
- SunStroke Project (Moldova 2010, 2017)
Speaking on Facebook, a Czech official explained that Mikolas won the jury vote with 68 points. The jury points for the other artists will not be revealed until January 29, when the televote (which is now closed) is also revealed along with the total scores.
We know from the rules that jurors awarded first place eight points, second place six points, and then the remaining songs four, three, two and one points each. Given that Mikolas averaged nearly 7 points per juror, he seems to have done very well indeed.
The 22-year-old star recently 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 said. “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.”
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.”
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