Prague, Czech Republic – One of the most anticipated televised events of the year has arrived – and no, it’s not the Game of Thrones series finale, the showrunners made sure of that. Yes, the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest final is finally here, but after this week’s semi-finals, the Czech Republic is the only representative from Central Europe to make it to tonight’s much-awaited showdown in Tel Aviv…
Qualifying in Tuesday’s first semi-final, the Czech band Lake Malawi booked their ticket for the Grand Final with their song, “Friend of a Friend”. Unfortunately for us, on the same night, Hungary‘s Joci Pápai and Poland‘s Tulia were eliminated. Slovakia didn’t even take part in the contest due to financial difficulties.
This is the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and Central European countries are still waiting for their first ever victory. This year, the contest is being held in Tel Aviv, following Israel’s victory at the 2018 contest in Portugal.
Representing Hungary in Tuesday’s semi-final, Joci Pápai, a rapper of Romani descent, gave his best with his ballad “Az én apám” but could not convince the televoters to send him through. Polish folk music group Tulia, who famously covered Depeche Mode’s hit “Enjoy the Silence” on YouTube, suffered a similar fate with their performance of their song “Fire of Love (Pali się)”.
Lake Malawi will represent the Czech Republic at Eurovision 2019
Founded by Albert Černý in 2013 in the Czech steel-making town of Třinec on the Polish border, Lake Malawi opened for Thirty Seconds to Mars in Prague in 2014 and performed at The Great Escape festival in Brighton in 2015. The Czech indie-pop band also opened for The Kooks’ and Mika before releasing their first full-length debut album Surrounded By Light in 2017 which included the single “Prague (In The City)”.
Currently consisting of Albert Černý, Jeroným Šubrt on the bass and Antonín Hrabal on drums, the band has played over 300 gigs in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, and the United Kingdom and their music appears in Czech films advertisements. The author of the music and lyrics of Lake Malawi songs, Albert Černý has already received four Czech Music Academy Awards, two Slavík awards and an MTV Award for his work.
Can tonight be the night then?
In the meantime, between interviews, rehearsals and street performances, Albert Černý nevertheless found the time to sing a cover of the song “Shallow” from the movie A Star Is Born alongside Cyprus’ Tamta, who also qualified.