This ain’t no lie! The Czech Republic has found their act for Eurovision 2018. After winning the jury vote last week, it seemed likely that Mikolas Josef was on his way to victory.
Tonight, in a low-key announcement on the Czech news, the final result was revealed. Mikolas Josef will go to Lisbon with “Lie to Me”!
Mikolas’ victory is perhaps not too surprising. Not only did he top the international jury vote, but he also handily won with our Wiwi Jury.
He also crushed the competition in our Eurovision Song CZ poll. He received nearly 53% of the total vote, with 1,379 of you voting for him.
In our interview with Mikolas, he says that “Lie to Me” is “about hard times that you’re going through and not getting swallowed by the negativity”. He also says that some of the suggestive lyrics can be interpreted “any way you want”.
Mikolas Josef — “Lie to Me” interview
Mikolas has been on the radar for the Czech Republic for some time now. He was in talks to represent the country last year, but turned the offer down after being told he would have to sing “My Turn” (later performed by Martina Barta).
He explained to us why he rejected the song: “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.’” That’s some artistic integrity, y’all!
As revealed earlier today, Mikolas will sing “Lie to Me” in the first half of the first semi-final, on May 8.
What do you think of “Lie to Me”? Do you think that Mikolas can bring the Czech Republic to the final for only the second time? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!
This is just cute. I wonder why people are saying this is a modern song? This sound is so dated already, compared to what current Western & US charts songs sound like. It doesn’t mean that if it’s not a ballad, it’s modern. Uptempo does not equal to modern. A televote pandering song, wonder of Czechia swung too much for this at the expense of jury votes. Hey Mamma already did this last year, time for a new sound
It’s catchy but nothing special, it’s like a mix of Talk Dirty and Strip That Down…
This has potential to be a disaster on stage
There won’t be an actual camel. Animals aren’t allowed on the Eurovision stage.
He is like a Czech mix of Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. Song is pretty good but copies U.S. music heavily. Where is any Czech or European culture exhibited?
Loreen and Mans won and their songs had no Swedish tone, both were pop based song. Emmelie de forest won and that had like a flute but other than that no danish feel. Conchita won and her song was more like a James Bond feel which is very Hollywood rather than Austrian feel. Portugal won with jazz which originated from America. Only Ukraine won with a culture based song in the past years. Also American music appears in most countries music charts one way or another. You can’t knock this song for being American heavy when winners and top songs… Read more »
Not good… not bad…
Actually no wowww
Probably will flop
Bad choice, it has a dated sound and no matter how “televoting friendly” it seems it’s going to get far less than anyone expects.
The international juries at Eurovision are also going to be a lot older than the national final jury and will just kill it dead. I expect it to come around 12th in it’s semi
Great guilty pleasure. I’d love for it to do well, but I will TOTALLY understand if the juries kill it.
I mean France is so poignant with refugees and this is so gloriously trashy- I love how both are great in their different ways!
I rather love the music and the beat, but I’m embarrassed to sing some of the lyrics. For sure, they’ll have to rewrite some of the lines for coarse language, like Robin Bengtsson had to do last year.
Always seemed like it was going to be the choice. Should qualify from a semi-final.
Very fresh and a out of the box entry. Im sure they will qualify with this 🙂 Could be a potential winner actually if they know how to stage this. Very curious to find out with what they come up with. Good luck!
First time I heard it I found it annoying but after the second listen, I was hooked With some really cool, slick staging this could do very well in the final
Reading the lyrics on 4lyrics.eu, some of them would have to be changed as foul language in contest entries is against EBU rules (he mentions “motherf***ers” for example)
rhooo republic czech has choosen a “fast food popo song” with fireworks certainly lol, it won’t please to Salvador and in His esc this year 😉
Great intro, draws you in! Up-beat, fun, modern sound. This song was actually my favourite among the 6. So, I’m happy for Mikolas! If the staging is good and the live performance too, this will be an excellent entry!
Good luck to Czech Republic!
Slick, fun, and well-produced. Major props to Mikolas for going DIY (wrote, sung, AND produced, rather than relying on a studio to do it for him) and still turning out a great song. I love it, and hope it earns the Czech Republic a second spot in the final. And even if it doesn’t, it’s just a blast.
From all the songs released so far , thats the worst one …. hands down 🙁 I dont even think that they can do better then last year….
Why so negative? The song is pure joy and Mikolas is really happy and energetic young man. He oozes positive vibes, and his song too. #prague2019
Good track! Am I the only one who thinks it sounds like a Macklemore track?
Am not the fan of this kind of music, but the song is really modern and fun.
It is not for eurovision, maybe he will get in top 20. I expected more from Czech republic 🙁
So far really good songs have been chosen. I am sure Spain will add another good one tonight. I love “Tu cancion” and “Arde”.
Czech Republic 7/10
My top 3 is the opposite to yours.
Czech Republic – 8.5/10
Albania – 7.5/10
France – 2.5/10
haha.. It’s Ok. It would be boring if we all had the same tops. 🙂
Exactly the same rating from me, Janro!
I don’t like the song, too sleazy for me, but I don’t detest it either.
Now, why did they even bother doing a NS if they’re not going to brodcast it or even allow people to hear the acts sing live? Might as well just have internally selected Mikolas.
I like this kind of music, but I hope it will translate better into a live performance than Cool me down did… But it’s the best studio version up till now!
BEST SONG EVER omg i love the 3 songs so far, 2018 is hella exciting !
I’m probably in the minority here, but this is my new favourite song,
1. Czech Republic
But if Spain makes the right choice, they will be my new winner.
Czechia why Czechia oh no Czechia CZECHIA Czechia why pls no Czechia ugh Czechia Czechia Czechia… Ugh no Czechia stop stop Czechia why
1. France 9/10
2. Albania 7/10
3. Czech Republic 7/10
I like all three of ’em, so happy. 😀 I’m sure Spain also won’t dissapoint tonight.
When I first heard this song I wasn’t impressed but now, I kinda enjoy it. And I think this will do well in Eurovision because a) it will stand out unlike those annoying ballads b) he can sing live c) some say this is dated – even if that is true, not as dated as possible others d) countries like Norway, Estonia and Iceland which usually send good entries have very weak songs this year. Whatever they choose in national selection are far worse.
NOT impressed with the song.
And the singer looks hella annoying & obnoxious btw.
Bad choice Czech Republic.
My top3 :
1) Albania – 8/10
2) France – 7/10
3) *CZECH* – 5/10
Watch his wiwiblogs interview he’s really nice
I really like it but we all know it has lows chances of qualifying. If Gabriela got 25th in Grand Final, he won’t end higher than 20th, lets face
It’s far from being original, but “Lie to Me” is a fun well produced song and the only option that seemed to be memorable enough for the televoting. The question here is if Mikolas can deliver it on a live show. If he can, Czechia will probably qualify. It’s very weird to have a national final where nobody performs the song to a live audience.
Cool. NOW can I please interrogate Mikolas over those lyrics?! 😀
I hope he comes to London, just so I can see my cousin go all teenage over him, haha!
Well done Mikolas – honestly it’s not my favourite song, but congratulations on winning in Czechia anyhow and good luck in Lisbon.
Great choice! ESC should not only be about so called quality acts it’s about having fun aswell. I hope the winner of ESC this year will take another direction than these past two years.
As everybody said, it isn’t a surprise. It will probably qualify, not my favourite though. I’m predicting 12th in the Grand Final, if well staged.
1. Albania 8.5
2. France 8.0
3. Czech Republic 6.5
Very refreshing sound! At least it’s not another sombre ballad a la Jamala or Salvador. This could bring Czech Republic it’s first top 10 result, it is so the best of the chosen so far!
Sadly, American Trash music will always find their way on every countries top Itunes and Top lists. If this were send by the USA this would be a number 1 hit in no time! I love this song so much haha
Sis America hasn’t had hits with this sound since 2015, this song would get deemed as dated and radios wouldn’t play it.
Considering how retro-influenced pop hits have been hitting the charts lately, I’m not so sure about that assessment.
This trumpet sound died three years ago. Retro-influenced songs ain’t all the same.
As long as trumpets still exist, its sound will never go away anytime soon.
Oh, what a shock! But yeah, I expected it and I am still glad it happened. It’s a very striking song and for the first time ever, little Czech Republic will have an opportunity to see how it is having one of the fan-favorites and a likely qualifier.
I betcha this will lose the fan favorite status as soon as three other songs are revealed.
Omg Yes, The best song I have heard in a while! It’s such a great theme even my friends who arent ESC fans loved this the moment I let them hear it!
Dobré! You can do this Czech Republic. I will support you and LETS PARTY IN PRAGUE 2019!!!
So happy <3
Voting should have been based on live performances. Everyone can sing in a videoclip.
Nice change of pace from Czechia’s past few songs and singers.
So far this feels like the strongest batch of early song selections that I’ve ever seen. I’m excited for a truly outstanding show this year.
I know, eh! Where are all the female ballads?
Hopefully much more unique than usual, like Esamiba and La Forza! (If they are even to be considered ballads in a narrow way)
Will they tell us how the other contestants did? I thought there will be an online vote reveal!!
Czech Republic is finally here to slayyyyyyyyy !
S H O C K I N G
2/3 of my winners won their national finals so far (lie to me and mercy), excited for spain later! 🙂
As I think it’s the second best Czech entry ever, after Gabriela, I hope they qualify. I’m not a fan of the song, it’s not original, but at least it’s modern for a change..
He can either slay or flop. Depends on his live performance. The song is quite catchy, reminds me of “Talk dirty to me”. Well, at least he will keep us entertained.
Has a ripoff of a hit from four years prior ever slayed at the Eurovision?
Surprise surprise! Hope it flops. :—)
3 favs already selected it really is my year : )
Oh wow. Who would have guessed? :DD I’m happy for Czech Republic that they finally have a Chance to do well at Eurovision, because this song is amazing. And they’re even more lucky since they’re in the 1st and easier semi. Good luck, gonna vote for Czechia in the final :3
I predict this being first in the running order.
Either that or Estonia with (let’s hope so) “La Forza”
La forza sounds more like a closer. They usually keep the overdramatic tracks for the end.
You know that Estonia will perform in the first half of their semi final, right ??
o i c, then I guess she’ll get a placement that’s not too early nor too late like Conchita in her semi (their songs are similar in style, in the end).
I feel like they’ll prefer to have a ‘party song’ on first.
Unless Iceland selects ‘Gold Digger’. That might also be a good opening…
Oh, no! They’re gonna cancel each other out in the voting… Oh! This is not good.
Spoiler: Iceland won’t select Crap Digger.
Estonia won’t send La Forza.
For their sake, I hope they will. Or at least Kulm. Or, at very minimal, Everybody’s Dressed. But if they want to win, definitely La Forza.