The Balkan nations have been slow to confirm their involvement for Eurovision 2017, but today it is being reported that Croatia has confirmed for Kyiv next year.
The blog Eurosong.hr is reporting that the Croatian broadcaster HRT has confirmed its involvement in Eurovision 2017.
The broadcaster has not yet decided how it will select its act, but has promised a decision will be made in due time. However, from 2012 onwards, Croatia has used internal selection, a cost-effective method which would suit the budget-conscious broadcaster.
Croatia’s involvement in Eurovision 2017 was earlier thought to be uncertain, following news that HRT were having to reduce spending on entertainment shows, due to increased costs for Euro 2016 and the Summer Olympics.
Following the success of The Voice winner Nina Kraljic — whose “Lighthouse” took Croatia into the grand final for the first time since 2009 — it’s been speculated that Croatia will again send the winner of The Voice.
Series two was won by Ruza Janjis. She impressed the judges with her strong rock sound, blowing the panel away by singing AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” at her audition. Naturally enough, she also performed songs by Pink, and gave an emotional rendition of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper”.
Ruza is a strong and versatile performer who could deliver a show-stopping performance at Eurovision — provided she had the right song. And please — no overgrown kimono this time!
The other Balkan nation to have already confirmed is Slovenia, and it’s thought that Albania will confirm their involvement very soon. But there’s currently no word from Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia.
Nina Kraljic at Eurovision 2016
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