ESCountdown 2019: #31 – “Friend Of A Friend” by Lake Malawi, Czech Republic

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #31 on my countdown this year is the official entry from the Czech Republic, “Friend Of A Friend” by Lake Malawi, written by Jan Steinsdoerfer ,Maciej Mikolaj Trybulec, and Albert Černý. The song is performed in English, and will be performed 6th on the first semi-final on May 14.

Formed by lead singer Albert Cerny after the breakup of his previous band Charlie Straight, Lake Malawi’s name was inspired by the Bon Iver song “Calgary“. The trio classes themselves as indie pop, but personally, I think most of their fans consider them to be a more evolved version of a boy band…they DO play their own instruments after all..:-)

Ok, I kinda like this one…kinda. It doesn’t overwhelm me, nor does it overwhelm much of the ESC fan community, who have it placed squarely in the center of this year’s pack of songs. It’s a nice, fun little ditty, it has a great beat, a fun story, and the video is pleasing as well, and if they can carry over that vibe to a decent live performance at the semi-finals, it could have a shot at making the grand finals. Let’s face facts here though…last year, the country produced one of – if not THE – worse Eurovision entry EVER, the absolutely stupefyingly AWFUL “Lie to Me” by Mikolas Josef, which inexplicably BRAINWASHED everyone out there, fans and judges alike, into thinking it was actually a decent song (read the lyrics, It’s most definitely NOT…and remember, this is a SONGWRITING contest), and finished the contest in SIXTH PLACE. So at least it’s better – WAAAAAAY better – than that whopping turd of a song…”Don’t mince words, TC, what do you REALLY think?”  LOL…

Czech Republic debuted in Eurovision in 2006, but have only participated seven times since then; they withdrew for several years after failing to place a single song in the Grand Final. In fact, they have made the final just twice, with “I Stand” by Gabriela Guncikova, which finished 25th out of 26 songs in 2016, and the aforementioned abomination “Lie To Me” by Mikolas Josef, which finished sixth (SIXTH? ARRRRRGGGGGHHH!) in 2018.

Here’s the official music video…it is what it is, folks…

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