The Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi placed 11th in the Eurovision Song
Contest in Tel Aviv.
The popular band, fronted by singer-songwriter Albert Černý, competed with the song Friend of a Friend.
Lake Malawi scored 157 points from the jury and just 7 from international viewers.
The winner was Duncan Laurence from The Netherlands who got 492 points.
He scored 231 from the jury and 261 from viewers, winning the contest by 27 points.
Italy finished second with 465 and Russia third with 369 points.
The band Lake Malawi will represent the Czech Republic at this year’s
Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tel Aviv, Czech Television announced
The indie-pop band, formed in 2013 by the charismatic frontman Albert Černý, collected most of the votes in the national round, leaving behind seven other contestants.
Last year, Czech singer Mikolas Josef finished sixth in the final, achieving the highest ever placing for a Czech artists in Eurovision.
Join us for a look back at some of the Czech music highlights of the past year. In Radio Prague’s New Year’s Eve music show we bring you some of the most-played songs on radio this year. The bands include award-winning J.A.R with their new CD Escalation of Goodness, Mikolas Josef with Lie to Me, that won him sixth place at this year’s Eurovision contest, US based rock musician Ivan Král with his new album Colors and one of the biggest hits on YouTube this year - Lost and Found by Emma Smetana and Jordan Haj.
Lake Malawi are an indie-pop band formed in 2013 by the charismatic front man Albert Černý. The group further consists of bass player Jeroným Šubrt and drummer Antonín Hrabal. Among many other highlights, Lake Malawi played at major festivals in the Czech Republic, including Colours of Ostrava and supported Thirty Seconds to Mars and Mika at their Prague shows. In 2017, Lake Malawi released their debut album called "Surrounded by Light" and subsequently went on tour in the UK and in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef came sixth in Saturday’s final of
the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, which was won by Netta of Israel.
Josef, who performed the song Lie to Me, was only the second Czech singer
to reach the final of the Eurovision and achieved the highest ever placing
for a Czech artist.
The 22-year-old had required medical treatment after hurting his spine in a fall during rehearsals for the Eurovision and received loud applause after performing a somersault in the final.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef has advanced to the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest with his offering Lie to Me. The 22-year-old singer, who performed despite sustaining an injury during rehearsals, is one of nine participants to make it out of the first semi-final and only the second Czech in history to reach the finals.
The Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef has progressed to Saturday’s final
of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Josef, with the song Lie to Me,
was one of nine entrants to make it out of the first semi-final of the
Europe-wide competition on Tuesday night.
The 22-year-old’s participation in Eurovision had been threatened after he sustained a spinal injury in a fall during rehearsals last week. He is only the second Czech to reach the final of the competition.
How did Karel Gott become the only artist from a communist state to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest? What was Czechoslovakia’s role in the Eastern Bloc’s parallel Intervision? And why were rockers Kabát such a bad fit for the Eurovision? Ahead of next weekend’s final of the pan-European extravaganza these were some of the subjects I discussed with Vienna-based historian Dean Vuletic, author of Postwar Europe and the Eurovision Song Contest.
Czech singer and Eurovision contestant Mikolas Josef was taken to hospital
after a rehearsal went wrong.
Part of the 22-year-old’s act involves acrobatic stunts on stage and one went badly wrong in rehearsals, badly jarring his back. He was taken to hospital in a neck brace.
Some reports say Josef’s condition has since worsened and his participation in the Eurovision semi-finals being hosted in Lisbon could be in danger. Josef is reported to have defiantly written on instagram that he will perform no matter what.
The Czech Republic has a poor record in Eurovision contests and pulled out of the competition for several years after a series of dismal results.