Czech Republic opts for band Lake Malawi
Czech Republic has chosen the act to follow up Mikolas Josef. The singer represented the country last year with the contemporary hiphop infused tune ‘Lie To Me’ that made it to the 6th place in the final. This was by far the best result for the Czechs in Eurovision to date. The band Lake Malawi now has the difficult task of following up this success after they were selected by an international jury and international votes through an online app. They will fly the Czech flag in Tel Aviv in May with their infectious song ‘Friend of a Friend’.
If last year’s result taught the Czech delegation anything, it is that contemporary sounding entries have good potential of doing well. With that in mind, the funky pop song by Lake Malawi seems a wise choice. The track ‘Friend of a Friend’ is a blend of the current sound of pop bands like Maroon 5 and DNCE. The chorus is a tad repetitive, but as most viewers and voters will only hear the song once or twice, that should not influence their chances too much. This catchy friendzone anthem is radiofriendly, but it will need a strong performance to truly impress on stage in Tel Aviv, as it does not stand out on first listen as much as last year’s ‘Lie To Me’ did.
So what can we expect from the performance? So far, Lake Malawi has only shared a music video recorded for the online selection, but we expect to see band members Albert Černý (vocals, keyboard, guitar), Jeroným Šubrt (keyboard, bass) and Antonín Hrabal (drums) on stage in a colourful staging with hopefully something memorable happening. The good news to take from the video is that Albert seems a charismatic performer with a likable attitude. It is too early to say anything about qualifying chances, but it is always good to have some contemporary sounding entries in the competition!
Update: Lake Malawi gave their first televised live performance of ‘Friend of a Friend’ during the Ukrainian national selection. Albert is indeed a charismatic performer with a charming attitude on stage. His vocals are strong and the spoken part before the chorus somehow sounds less cringy live. Jamala (winner of Eurovision 2016 for Ukraine) was living for the performance!