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Forbes name Mikolas Josef on their annual list of most inspirational people

From playing on the streets to a major label recording contract

What a year it has been for the Czech Republic’s Mikolas Josef, and we are only six months in! From being selected to represent his nation at the Eurovision Song Contest in January, to being awarded a major label recording contract in April and then finishing in a fantastic sixth place at Eurovision itself, it’s been a whirlwind for the star. Now, Forbes Czech Republic has named Mikolas in their list of most inspirational people of 2018… and deservedly so!


Chasing dreams with no budget

This evening, Mikolas announced on his Instagram page that he had been chosen as one of Forbes Czech Republic Magazine’s most inspirational people of the year. Alongside the news, Mikolas explained to his followers how grateful he is for this honour and of where he is today.

In an emotional post, Mikolas discusses how his parents struggled to afford baby food for him when he was younger and how they are his biggest inspiration. He explains how he “never missed a single thing” and “would never wish for things to be any different than they were”. Mikolas chased his dreams by playing on the streets with “zero budget” and finally his dreams are coming true. Have a read of Mikolas’ full post below:

UPDATE: The full Forbes interview

The full feature interview with Mikolas in Forbes magazine was recently published. Check out the full interview here in Czech, or view a Google translated version in English here!

Putting the Czech Republic on the Eurovision map

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was a record-breaking one for the Czech Republic. Mikolas secured the central European nation their first ever top 10 finish at the contest, with a sixth-place finish for his own composition Lie to Me. Prior to this year, the Czech Republic’s only appearance in a Eurovision final came courtesy of Gabriela Gunčíková who finished 25th in 2016 with I Stand.

During the Eurovision fortnight in Lisbon, Mikolas underwent a remarkable journey from injuring his back in first rehearsal to performing a backflip in his grand final performance. The entire Eurovision fan community was overjoyed with Mikolas’ commitment to the contest and the general public have also supported Lie to Me by getting the track into charts all over Europe.

Furthermore, Mikolas kindly spent a great deal of time with the ESCXTRA team in Lisbon. Why not have a look at our live stream interview with him a few days prior to the first semi-final?


All of the ESCXTRA team congratulate Mikolas on receiving this honour from Forbes Czech Republic! Make sure you add your congratulations to Mikolas in the comments below!

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