Lake Malawi Eurovision 2019 Czech

They were the international jury favourites. And this afternoon it became clear that the general public were Lake Malawi fans too. The indie-pop trio will now go on to represent the Czech republic at Eurovision 2019 with “Friend of a Friend” after winning the sophomore edition of Eurovision Song CZ.

Lake Malawi “Friend of a Friend”

However, unlike last year’s Eurovision Song CZ champ Mikolas Josef, the group were far from runaway victors. While they picked up the most 12 points from the 10-person jury, they ended up tied with Barbora Mochowa and the Lana Del Rey flavoured “True Colors”.

Once the public app votes were added everything changed. Jakub Ondra topped that constituency with the gastronomically questionable “Space Sushi”. The men of Lake Malawi came second. With Jakub and Barbora both receiving six points from the jury and public respectively, the band’s route to the top spot was clear.

After all scores were combined, Jakub Ondra emerged in second place and Pamela Rabbit finished third with “Easy To Believe”.

Eurovision Song CZ 2019 results

Position. Act — Jury + Public = Total

  1. Lake Malawi — 12+10=22
  2. Jakub Ondra — 6+12=18
  3. Pamela Rabbit — 10+8=18
  4. Barbora Mochowa — 12+6=18
  5. Andrea Holá — 8+4=12
  6. Tomáš Boček — 6+3=9
  7. Jara Vymer — 3+2=5
  8. Hana Barbara — 4+1=5

The international jury included ten former Eurovision acts — Cesár Sampson (Austria 2018), Rasmussen (Denmark 2018), Zibbz (Switzerland 2018), Ira Losco (Malta 2002 and 2016), Elina Nechayeva (Estonia 2018), AWS (Hungary 2018), Alma (France 2017), Ari Ólafsson (Iceland 2018), JOWST (Norway 2017) and Ryan O’Shaughnessy (Ireland 2018).

The votes of international app voters were combined to act as an eleventh juror. Consequently, the “televote” element was made up entirely of Czech app voters.

Who are Lake Malawi?

With a name inspired by a Bon Iver song, Lake Malawi was founded by lead singer Albert Černý in 2013. As well as vocals, Albert also plays guitar. The remaining three members are Jeroným Šubrt (bass and keys) and Antonín Hrabal (drums). Earlier this month Albert caught up with our William for a more in-depth talk on the band’s origins and plans for Eurovision.

What do you think? Are you excited to see Lake Malawi in Tel Aviv? Will you be singing along to “Friend of a Friend” in May? Let us know in the comments.

Read all our Czech Republic Eurovision 2019 news.

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AngieP
AngieP
1 year ago

Not my favourite song but interesting. It’s fun an positive. Let’s see how it will be interpreted on stage.

brunowskii
brunowskii
1 year ago

Big flop

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Cant imagine many voting for this, will need a good jury score to qualify.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

I can’t imagine many jury members ranking this high if they understand English.

Azuro
Azuro
1 year ago

Boring repetitive and out of date.
Won’t qualify.
Better than Albania admittedly.

eurovision6
eurovision6
1 year ago

From someone that listens to a lot of indiemusic, this just sounds like a parody on the genre.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

80’s vibe! I love the 80’s but I think this will be a borderline qualifier. It depends on the staging and what the other countries send.

CRAIG
CRAIG
1 year ago

I’ve a feeling we’ll be seeing the Czech Republic in the final again. This is good!

Bahog Bilal Hassani
Bahog Bilal Hassani
1 year ago

I think the European audience will love them. The song is freshly modern and can make one feel happy.

bastian
bastian
1 year ago

Nice tune. Too early to tell wether is will qualify or not.

M_K
M_K
1 year ago

I do like the song in a way, but I have two concerns: A) This song seems quite simple but I feat it’s actually extremely hard to deliver it properly live as if it isn’t 100% on point it will sound awfully flat and dull. It’s not a song that can conceal shaky live vocals, insecurities, nervousness etc. B) This entry should be extremely hard to stage. On the one hand it seems to need some kind of visual support to stand out in the semi final since its tempo and overall lightheartedness might make it hard for people to… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  M_K

100% agreed. The challenges are clearly there. But perhaps the riskier the feat, the greater the gain?
Since Lake Malawi is only a 3-piece band, there is room to have two women on the stage. One could be his girlfriend who he is singing to, and the other one could be the “friend of a friend”. They could stage the song literally, LOL.
Or everything could happen on the screens around them… lots of options this year.

Samuel
Samuel
1 year ago

This is a song to play in an Abercrombie&Fitch store and i absolutely love it!

Denmark
Denmark
1 year ago

why does it sound an awful lot like Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

I once joked that all Czechia had to do to win Eurovision was to send a band of young, attractive men from their country. Now it looks like they actually are. 😀
Congratulations to Lake Malawi.

esc1234
esc1234
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

well, they forgot to write a descent song.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  esc1234

[This Freudian typo slip above is genius. Decent/Descent.] 🙂

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

[I’m giggling over this, Purple Mask]

Bahog Bilal Hassani
Bahog Bilal Hassani
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

They can replace Sweden for that starting now

AndersP
AndersP
1 year ago

Kind of reminds me of The 1975. I hope it qualifies.

EUROFAN MEXICO
EUROFAN MEXICO
1 year ago

IS BORING AND GENERIC, DE TODOS MODOS ELLOS NO TENIAN NADA DECENTE ESTE AÑO EN REP CZEK

Lolek
Lolek
1 year ago

Interesting choice! I could see this qualifying if they get creative with the staging and whatnot. I don’t necessarily see it being a top 10-15 finisher however.

Jery
Jery
1 year ago

We’ve never heard a song like this at Eurovision! Nice to see a new flavour in this contest #celebratingdiversity. Not enough for the win but a dark horse for top 10?

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

It’s a decent bop, and I’d have called it a borderline qualifier if not for the open field of semi one (as compared to its impressive escape from the bloodbath last year).

Ted
Ted
1 year ago

Upon first listen, this started out as a promising entry. However a few seconds into the song and I started to cringe. Safe to say this is not qualifying.
Shame, after such a strong entry last year too.

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

Nice entry. It will jump into the borderline wagon, but it can make it if well-staged.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago

raspberry emoji

Eurolover
Eurolover
1 year ago

The song is annoying imo, my favourites were actually Barbora, Pam and Andrea but PLEASE get rid of the talking bit and Czech Republic might not be in my bottom 5 for the second year in a row.

JoeyCrocket
JoeyCrocket
1 year ago

Ahem , how come Barbora M. Is 4th if they are all tied with 18 points total??

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  JoeyCrocket

televote is the tie breaker

HBau
HBau
1 year ago

I’m content with this. True Colours was my pick in a strong field, but this is still a good entry and possibly the best so far.

Elvira
Elvira
1 year ago

I’m really happy about this!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
Mr. Vanilla Bean
1 year ago

Well, I do like the group, some of their songs are quite interesting. Plus, Albert is super cute and charismatic, so his stage presence might bring in the votes needed to qualify. I also quite like the rhythm, it’s fun. I think my issue are the lyrics. I feel like nobody thought of anything, they just threw some words together. But thanks to the French abyss, I can get onboard with pretty much anything after that.

Héctor
Héctor
1 year ago

Happy for them. Interesting that the Czech gave only 6 points to “True Colors”. With any of them Czechia is going to struggle, but at least “Friend of a Friend” is enjoyable.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Héctor

its not called Czechia

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

It is its short form name.
See here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic

Yssy
Yssy
1 year ago

Okay so somehow all my favourites are losing their selections. Worst year for my predictions. At this point I am doubting whether ESC2019 is worth fully watching. I am still waiting for a country to send a song that is worthwhile and breathtaking. All I am getting are generic songs. Anyways goodluck Czech Republic. Have been a fan since 2016 so we will see if you get points from me.

Orange
Orange
1 year ago
Reply to  Yssy

WE…… ARE…… 4….. SONGS….. IN

Ana
Ana
1 year ago
Reply to  Orange

out of 42.. some people amuse me

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Orange

Four songs, none of which I personally think are bad at all (two I really like, one that’s growing on me, and one that’s meh). We have a long way to go.

Yssy
Yssy
1 year ago
Reply to  Orange

What disappointments me is that countries are just picking what they like without remembering that it matters more what Europe wants in order to win.

Zolipop
Zolipop
1 year ago
Reply to  Yssy

I’m so surprised when people say all their favorites are gone at this point. If two of my favorites get to the contest, I call it a good year!

Nikki
Nikki
1 year ago

I kinda like it but the speaking bridge puts me off a bit.

Rafal
Rafal
1 year ago

Well Done Czech Rep. Good song and charismatic singer. In the final!

Jakra
Jakra
1 year ago

Lets be honest for a moment here, even if Czech Rep. sent True Colours, it probably wouldn’t win.

So far, this year isn’t nearly as strong as last year. But hey, 2018 is a difficult year to top and there’s only been four songs released so far, so we can’t judge this year too harshly at this stage in the game.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Jakra

oh my god, so far it isn’t as strong as last year? we are four songs in!

Jakra
Jakra
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

That’s what I just said.

Kris P. Kreme
Kris P. Kreme
1 year ago

Good news. Now I’m watching allocation in semi finals online. 🙂

Kris P. Kreme
Kris P. Kreme
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris P. Kreme

1st half of 1st semi for Czechia.

Kris P. Kreme
Kris P. Kreme
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris P. Kreme

2nd semi will be a bloodbath! Cyprus, Chechia, probably The Netherlands in the grand final! 😛

Kris P. Kreme
Kris P. Kreme
1 year ago
Reply to  Kris P. Kreme

Poland, Hungary, Cyprus, Czechia, Ukraine, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Australia and 1 left, I would say to the final from semi 1.

James
James
1 year ago

I just want to say one thing: if Spain sent something like that, you would be saying things like “Spain bottom again” “What a mess” “completely disaster”. Be objective please….

Joshua
Joshua
1 year ago
Reply to  James

You’re saying this as if songs from Spain were underrated. Spain has been sending valid songs lately, but if they send a bad one, it’s a bad song, no matter the country.
Plus many are hating on this entry just because it’s from the Czech Republic. Your sentence should be rephrased as: if Spain sent something like that, you would be saying things like “Spain for the win” “What a wonderful song” “This is want I to see at Eurovision”.
Please, be objective.

Catriona Colville
Catriona Colville
1 year ago
Reply to  James

I wouldn’t. It’s a really great song. Spain would be lucky to have it.

James
James
1 year ago

Hahahahahahah what a joke.
You should be objective….

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 year ago

Yessss, thank you Czech republic. Good song, now you need to prepare staging

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

It stands out due to not being many indie- pop songs this year.
It’s fun and energetic and the right combination of indie and Commercial that could work. And it’s a bop!
As for Barbora, im not sure it would have worked for ESC! It would have been to dependent on staging

EurovisionBenny_AUT
EurovisionBenny_AUT
1 year ago

The fact that a girl says “I’m only a friend” in the song almost requires a girl to be on stage together with Lake Malawi. I expect that there will be some kind of interection with Albert and the girl… this should be fun to watch in Tel Aviv! Good luck Czech neighbours, this is a good one!

Poppy
Poppy
1 year ago

I don’t care about the song but they do look hot in that picture.

alessio
alessio
1 year ago

no final aganin ….

chup
chup
1 year ago

Czechia you had one job…

Eurolover
Eurolover
1 year ago
Reply to  chup

And that was to pick Barbora, Pam or Andrea. I’m crying but if they get rid of the talking bits in the song, they might not be in my bottom 5 for the 2nd year in a row.

Chris
Chris
1 year ago
Reply to  Eurolover

well given how well Mikolas did despite being in your bottom 5, that’s a good sign for the Czech Republic surely, that you don’t like them?

Eurolover
Eurolover
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris

Well I don’t have anything against Mikolas or Czech Republic, I just didn’t like their song last year.

Matthew
Matthew
1 year ago

Yeah I really like that, he is incredibly charismatic, that will stick with viewers and could do well. I see it’s indie routes but it definitely has a pop sounds and the mix of the two could do well at Eurovision, but also works really well!

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

Okay, so my coins about Barbara and LM: Barbara has a beautiful, well-suited song, enchanting like a sad yet joyful dream. Although, there’s a tad too much resemblance to her idol that for me it doesn’t feel true to herself. If it was sent, it will probably fare like ‘My Turn’ : praised by the juries, but sank at televoting. LM still has potential to get some televoting points because it’s simply a bop. Even when the song was not written that well lyric-wise, it has interesting elements to help garnering attention to the televoters. I feel the jury won’t… Read more »

brennan
brennan
1 year ago

also… albert is kinda hot

Eurovision fan since 2014
Eurovision fan since 2014
1 year ago

The song structure is a bit messy, they need to figure it out a little but I like it. It’s too soon to predict who’s going to qualify but it sounds promising 🙂

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

This year is not my year….

Redmoon
Redmoon
1 year ago

This song is extremely annoying, I hate it

brennan
brennan
1 year ago

good stuff! this is the first song this year that I actually like

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago

It’s kind of indie for me, like something I would normally find on Soundcloud.

suomieurovision
suomieurovision
1 year ago

I also liked Barboras song, but I think this song is a really good choice. It’s catchy and powerful, please stop to hate..

Floprina
Floprina
1 year ago

An alright song, quite bland in places. I can’t see the Czech Republic making it far this year (still better than France though)

esc ger
esc ger
1 year ago
Reply to  Floprina

oh sh*t up!

Floprina
Floprina
1 year ago
Reply to  esc ger

make me

Loin dici
Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Floprina

In dhe shaaaadooohhhh

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

The Public votes are shocking! Space Sushi 1st and True Colours 4th, I hope Czech Republic reverts back internally from next year cause they’ve probably had the worst selection this year! Lake Malawi actually have decent songs which I searched for but it’s a shame they’re in Eurovision with a cheap wimper, I predict the lowest placing for Czechia this decade!

Jan
Jan
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

Next year we will have a huge televised national final, it was confirmed during today’s press conference.

filipko54
filipko54
1 year ago
Reply to  Jack

next year there will be national final on TV, it’s confirmed so no internal selection