Czech Republic’s Eurovision drummer accusing of miming – but he’s forbidden from playing live

They were just playing by the rules (Picture: Reuters)

The Czech Republic’s Eurovision act is being slammed for miming playing instruments – but they really don’t have a choice.

Lake Malawi were third up in the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv, performing their super-catchy Friend Of A Friend wearing some rather fetching primary-coloured jumpers.

But while the lead singer jumped around the stage channelling Chris Martin, viewers were rather distracted by the terrible miming going on with the drummer and the bassist.

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Reaction to Czech Republic

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However, along with every other act in the contest, the musicians couldn’t play if they wanted to. 

The official Eurovision act states that no live instruments are allowed – most likely to avoid any technical difficulties with sound.

The rule reads: ‘Each act must sing live, while no live instruments are allowed.’

So there’s no Milli Vanilli/Ashlee Simpson vibes allowed in the vocal department, but live guitars are a no no. 

Other rules include that songs cannot exceed three minutes, and no more than six people can be on stage.

And one rule has already been broken, with Belarus’ jury vote being dismissed after jury members revealed who they voted for in the semi-finals in a press interview. 

Czech Republic are among 26 nations competing to be crowned champion tonight in Tel Aviv.

Eurovision final running order

  1. Malta
  2. Albania
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Germany
  5. Russia
  6. Denmark
  7. San Marino
  8. North Macedonia
  9. Sweden
  10. Slovenia
  11. Cyprus
  12. Netherlands
  13. Greece
  14. Israel
  15. Norway
  16. United Kingdom
  17. Iceland 
  18. Estonia
  19. Belarus
  20. Azerbaijan
  21. France
  22. Italy
  23. Serbia
  24. Switzerland
  25. Australia
  26. Spain

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