Mikolas Josef and his camel would like a dirty word with you. Here is Czech Republic’s Eurovision entry, “Lie to Me.”
Mikolas was a professional model and a busker when he was a teenager. He began releasing his singles independently in 2015. His song “Free” reached 15th on the Czech singles chart in 2016.
Last year, he was offered the chance to represent Czech Republic with the song “My Turn.” He said he turned it down because he didn’t think it was a good fit. Martina Barta ended up taking the song, finishing 13th in the first Semi.
He wrote “Lie to Me” and it is a bit derivative of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty.” But we’ll give it a pass because it’s so damned catchy. The serpentine horns and the hooky chorus make it a guilty pleasure.
The lyrics, on the other hand, are… um… suggestive?
- “I know you ‘bop-whop-a-lu bop’ on his wood bamboo”
- “Then she got one of my friends, she got him dripping on wood”
- “You should’ve thought about me before you fucked him at the club”
- “But steady plenty motherfuckers wanna eat my spaghetti”
- “Set my camel in the mood”
It’s like poetry written by a 14-year-old who just discovered boobs. That said, tacky lyrics shouldn’t be too much of a liability so long as there is a good performance and an entertaining stage show (see: Robin Bengtsson). Mikolas performed at Ukraine’s first semifinal and he projects a quiet confidence and laid back charm.
He certainly seems ambitious, so we’re looking forward to see what kind of package he will put together for Eurovision. Unfortunately, he will have to leave his camel at home thanks to the EBU’s restrictions on live animals at the Song Contest. He can probably bring his own spaghetti, though.