The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rank and review the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Next we head to the Czech Republic where former model Mikolas Josef has “Lie to Me”. Did we feel compelled to tell the truth? Read on to find out!
Mikolas Josef – “Lie to Me”
“Lie to Me”
Anthony: Jason Derulo once decided to talk dirty, and Mikolas did just that on a Eurovision scale. Slightly less NSFW, maintaining those suggestive, innuendo-filled lyrics might raise a few eyebrows among casual Eurovision viewers. Mikolas proved he can sing live at Ukraine’s national final, now he’ll need to translate a fun, witty song into three minutes of entertainment in Lisbon.
Renske: As many people have compared Eurovision 2011 to this year, I am going to add that Mikolas Josef will probably be the Alexey Vorobyov of this year. Mikolas is a multi-talented person, but by playing the bad boy role he might have to deal with the risk of coming across slightly arrogant, just like Alexey. Although “Lie To Me” is uptempo and contemporary, it’s not the freshest song in the competition as it is made out to be.
Bogdan: I already liked Mikolas Josef, but when I saw him on the stage of the Ukraine’s NF, that’s when I bought what he was selling. I almost feel like he doesn’t need a show in Lisbon, as his personality and seemingly effortless performance are enough to convince viewers that he is the Czech Republic’s best ever act in the history of Eurovision. “Lie To Me” could do with a little less of that trumpet, but otherwise I’m completely sold!
Chris: The biggest test for “Lie to Me” was always going to be its live performance, and after Riga, it’s fair to say that Mikolas has ticked that box off. Cool, catchy and fresh (for the contest, at least), it’s a true breath of fresh air. Most importantly, Mikolas is a truly likeable front man too. The lyrical content might be questionable at times, but there’s a sense that it comes from a good (if slightly misguided) source.
Jordi: Czech Republic and Eurovision clearly don’t have “good luck” as their mutual friend. But Mikolas Josef and his “Lie to Me” has all ingredients to become a major hit and shine bright on the scoreboard by providing a fast-paced and entertaining live performance. On the other hand, his offering is in no way unique but clearly is showing that sometimes following trends make wonders too – as seen in current odds to win the contest! YAS! Pop and swag merge stunningly in such international radio hit – but still – I’m missing somehow the hook.
William: Mikolas is a performer. His voice is on point and his body can jiggle, bend, thrust and snap on command — he drops shapes like it’s nobody’s business! His natural swagger and telegenic appeal would give “Happy Birthday” pop appeal. And that’s a good thing for “Lie to Me”, which, on its own, is slightly grating with the blaring horns and scatty feel of the spoken word segments. But Mikolas rescues it, drawing you in with each verse and look. Eurovision is about the total package. And Mikolas’ package is very fine indeed.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 3 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.72/10
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