The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to review the six acts competing in Czechia’s national final Eurovision Song CZ. Next up is former model Mikolas Josef with “Lie to Me”. Did it make us want to hit him with the truth? Read on to find out!
Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”
“Lie to Me” reviews
William: She’s got him “making a puddle” — and surely he’ll have Europe perspiring with this one! Melding funk, pop and trap, “Lie to Me” is at once brash and likeable, loud yet inviting. It’s not the type of song I would naturally download. But Mikolas sells it very well with his charisma and pizzaz. It also lends itself well to all manner of visuals, giving it major stage show potential — and the Czech Republic’s best shot at making an impact in Lisbon.
Deban: Despite the arguable merits of this entry, the trumpet just grates on me! This mid-noughties inspired urban number lacks the vintage cool effect, and Mikolas Josef isn’t doing a great to elevate it.
Mikhail: Once you hear the trumpet you immediately start moving. This song has an instant impact. It is fresh, it is current, it is different from everything we usually hear at the contest. Is it overly sexual? Maybe. Is it a bad thing? I don’t think so. It follows its own flow, it is daring and I’m digging it. Eurovision needs songs like this and I’m pretty sure that it will be a success in Lisbon.
Robyn: There’s a line in this song that describes someone whose “skirt goes up like Marilyn Monroe’s”. Is Mikolas talking about a woman who innocently stands on a breezy subway grate? Or does he mean…? That is the problem with “Lie to Me”. Musically it’s a great song, full of attitude and swagger, but lyrically a bit like “I know what sex is!!!” Yeah, he bleeps out the two mentions of the F-word, but it would be more impressive if the lyrics had been rewritten so they didn’t seem like he’s trying so had to be a sexual cool dude.
Chris: Against all better judgement, “Lie to Me” might be the Czech Republic’s best option for Lisbon. After some safe, inoffensive entries have led to fairly paltry returns, it might be worth them taking a risk on Mikolas. “Lie to Me” would be crucified by the juries, of course. But there’d certainly be some voters who’ll love this — and (frustratingly) it’s an unshakeable earworm.
Luis: Mikolas managed to create something fresh and fun out of musical elements we’ve heard millions of times before. Props for that! “Lie to Me” is a very nice change of pace for the Czech Republic, and it should easily bring them their best result at Eurovision. That said, the last uptempo song the Czechs sent was “Have Some Fun” and that was a hot mess on stage. Hopefully they will get the scenography right with Mikolas.
In our Eurovision Song CZ Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 10.