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