He’s one of the hot favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. But Mikolas Josef‘s Eurovision journey almost reached a premature climax earlier this week.
That’s because Mikolas injured his back during his first rehearsal on Sunday and has been in hospital since. Many fans were concerned whether he would be able to perform at all.
Fortunately, Mikolas has made a recovery and will attend second rehearsals today.
In an interview with Eurovision.tv, he explained how the accident happened:
“I jumped around too much I think! We were at the rehearsal and had woken up at 3am, and I was kind of tired. Something clicked in my back and I already felt it wasn’t well. I did one more rehearsal and then couldn’t get up on my feet.
“I ended up in hospital for a long time, then another one and another one. We were thinking about flying home but it ended up not being necessary.”
The “Lie To Me” hitmaker adds that he’s “overwhelmed” by the response:
“The reaction was overwhelming on my social media and also from the artists. They all got in touch and wanted to get together and visit me in hospital.”
His speedy recovery means they’ll be able to see him at Altice Arena instead.
The accident also appears to have made him more hungry for the competition:
“I don’t want to say that it’s a good thing that it happened, but it made me focus even more on the singing and the delivery.”
He also used the interview to hint at potential changes to the performance, stressing that music is “not about flips”, echoing Salvador Sobral’s victory speech one year ago. During today’s rehearsals Mikolas will just walk through the rehearsal, rather than performing as it will appear in the live shows.
Photo: Thomas Hanses