The Czech Republic reached an all-time high when Mikolas Josef took his wood bamboo all the way to sixth place at Eurovision 2018. So the stakes are very high for the country to keep up the momentum in Tel Aviv.
We now know at least one Czech act willing to accept the challenge and give Eurovision 2019 a shot: the pop singer Jakub Ondra with the song “Space Sushi”.
The 24-year old singer, who released the single on Tuesday, told Seznamz Pravy that he’s submitted it to ESCZ — the Czech national final, which starts on January 7th. Three-hundred entries were received. Only six to eight will advance to the final, and his interview suggests he’s got hope he’ll be among them.
“Space Sushi” isn’t a call for eating raw fish on Mars. Instead, he says, “it’s a song for all the lazy people who want to get work done.”
And while different folks will draw different meaning from the metaphor, Jakub’s space sushi seems to relate to hard work and achieving your wildest dreams. As he sings: “Set my alarm for early morning, ring ding ding ding ding I start working… It’s so crazy good, can you taste it? Space sushi!”
The sound is quirky, crazy and a bit vintage. Add it all up and it could fit in nicely on the pop charts of 2018.
Jakub gained fame at home because of his catchy electro-pop songs, which tend to combine his unique voice with an acoustic guitar. A quick scroll through his Instagram shows a man with a stylish look — a bohemian busker of sorts, and one who loves a black bowler hat.
While Jakub didn’t make the final cut for ESCZ in 2018 — despite submitting his song “Reasons To Love” — he has made an impact elsewhere. Some of you might recognise him from our very own wiwivision candidate list back in 2016.
Should Jakub make it to Eurovision, it’s clear he’ll pull out all the stops to put on a memorable stage show. Just look at the video for “Space Sushi”. Shooting it required Jakub to step out of his comfort zone and into a star-filled galaxy, forgetting about his guitar for a good three minutes.
Are you feeling it? How does this stack up against “Lie to Me”? Let us know in the comments box below!