Czech Republic: Lake Malawi to Eurovision 2019

"Friend of a Friend" is the title of the Czech song for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv. The song will be performed by the band Lake Malawi

The band Lake Malawi won the Czech selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 – Eurovision Song CZ – and will sing Friend of a Friend in Tel Aviv. Lake Malawi won both the jury and the public vote.

Lake Malawi – "Friend of a Friend"

The song is written by Jan Steinsdoerfer, Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec, Albert Černý.

Eurovision Song CZ – Result

  1. Lake Malawi – "Friend of a Friend" (22 points)
  2. Jakub Ondra – "Space Sushi" (18 points)
  3. Pamela Rabbit – "Easy to Believe" (18 points)
  4. Barbora Mochowa – "True Colors" (18 points)
  5. Andrea Holá – "Give Me a Hint" (12 points)
  6. Tomáš Boček – "Don't Know Why" (9 points)
  7. Jara Vymer – "On My Knees" (5 points)
  8. Hana Barbara – "Poslední slova tobě" (5 points)

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi is a Czech indie pop band from Třinec formed in 2013. The band consists of Albert Černý (vocals, guitar, keyboard) Jeroným Šubrt (bass and keyboard), and Antonín Hrabal (drums).

Lake Malawi was founded by the frontman Albert Černý after the breakup of his former band in 2013. They released their debut single "Always June" in 2014, performing it live during an interview with BBC London.

Lake Malawi has performed at the Czech music festivals "Colours of Ostrava" and "Rock for People", and at "The Great Escape Festival" in United Kingdom. In 2016 the former drummer Pavel Palát left the band and was replaced by Antonín Hrabal.

In 2017 they released their first studio album "Surrounded by Light", where some of the songs entered the "Rádio Top 100" in Czech Republic.

Eurovision Song CZ

The winner of Eurovision Song CZ was the one who received the highest amount of votes from both international jury and Czech audience, and will be representing the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

From 7 January 2019 fans could vote on their favourite song via the official Eurovision app. The app votes coming from Czech Republic were combined with the results from an international jury. The international jury consisted of previous Eurovision participants. International fans could also vote in the app, and their result counted as one of the international jury members.

International Jury Votes

  • Austria (Cesár Sampson) –12 points to Barbora Mochowa
  • France (Alma) –12 points to Barbora Mochowa
  • Denmark (Rasmussen) –12 points to Barbora Mochowa
  • Switzerland (ZiBBZ) –12 points to Barbora Mochowa
  • Estonia (Elina Nechayeva) – 12 points to Lake Malawi
  • Iceland (Ari Ólafsson) – 12 points to Lake Malawi
  • Ireland (Ryan O’Shaughnessy) – 12 points to Lake Malawi
  • Malta. (Ira Losco) – 12 points to Lake Malawi
  • Norway (JOWST) – 12 points to Lake Malawi
  • Hungary (AWS) – 12 points to Andrea Holá

Czech Republic in Eurovision Song Contest

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Czech Republic has participated in Eurovision Song Contest 7 times. After three years of very bad results (2007, 2008, 2009), they decided to withdraw from the competition for five years, with only 10 points on their Eurovision-account. But their hope for Eurovision never died, so they returned to the contest again in 2015 and the following years.

In 2016 they qualified for the Grand Final for the first time. Best result was in 2018 when Mikolas Josef secured a 6th place with the song Lie To Me.

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