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Mikolas Josef will sing for the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song ‘Lie to Me’. Broadcaster CT confirmed him as the winner of the national final, which was held on the internet in stead of television.

‘Lie to Me’ was already the jury favourite, gaining 68 points for 50% of the full result. Many former Eurovision participants voted on behalf of that international jury, including the Australian superstar Dami Im, who finished second at Eurovision in 2016.

Mikolas Josef is a composer, producer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and director of music videos and grew up in Prague and Znojmo. He now lives mainly in Vienna. He comes from a musical family and has been playing the guitar since he was five. Mikolas graduated from The English College in Prague, and although his study grades were good enough for him to go on to prestigious UK Colleges, he opted not to keep studying, but to get on with his musical career.

Following a successful modelling career, young Mikolas focussed on his passion, music. He performed throughout Europe, in cities such as Hamburg, Oslo, Vienna and Zürich, and released his debut single Hands bloody in 2015. In 2017 Mikolas Josef was approached to represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2017 with the song “My turn”. He rejected the song, as it didn’t fit his style, and it was eventually performed in Kyiv by Martina Bárta.

Probably, the bet of Mikolas Josef is one of the most powerful of this year. 'Lie To Me', whatever happens, will be one of the songs we remember the most. It is very catchy, visually it will have a completely different style than what we are used to and, being honest, it is a great bet of the Czech Republic.

The Eurovision version of the song has been released and nothing much has changed. The lyrics are slightly cleaner, but it’s only the profanity that’s been cleaned up. The infamous line “Plenty motherf******s wanna eat my spaghetti” is now “Plenty of these greedies wanna eat my spaghetti”. One could argue that the spaghetti is the most important part of this lyric, so Team Czechia has wisely preserved its essence. But still intact is all the suggestive lyrics. The good girl’s skirt still goes up like Marilyn Monroe’s, she’s got him “making a puddle” and there’s still the iconic line “I know you ‘bop-whop-a-lu bop’ on his wood bamboo”. Interestingly, the mention of the fashion label Prada has been left in the lyrics. Along with San Marino’s mention of Twitter, this suggests that the EBU is becoming more relaxed around the rule that very specifically forbids brand names to be mentioned in song lyrics.

Mikolas Josef, the 2018 Czech Eurovision representative, spent a few days in Portugal to film his Eurovision postcard and had the opportunity to celebrate the traditional Portuguese carnival in Trás-os-Montes. In the village of Podence, in Macedo de Cavaleiros, Mikolas met up with a group of caretos, traditional figures of this carnival. Dressed in their usual colorful fringed suits and iconic masks with large noses, the caretos surrounded the artist and walked with him through the village’s streets, preaching matches and displaying the rattles that they wear to the waist.

Will Czech Republic qualify for the final?

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Will Czech Republic finish in the top 10 at Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

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