Earlier this month she told us that she’ll represent Croatia at Eurovision 2018 with a mystical and contemporary song — and one that we wouldn’t expect from her country.
And today Franka has certainly lived up to that script, releasing a teaser featuring the opening seconds of her official music video for “Crazy”.
“Don’t be afraid to go crazy,” she wrote in an Instagram post announcing the news. “Crazy for love.”
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Working with sand, a sexy sound and avant-garde dancers, she’s tackling Eurovision head-on. Even in twenty seconds there is a sense of power and direction, which reflects the skill of Franka and her songwriting collaborator Branimir Mihaljevic.
“We came up with the song unexpectedly,” she said in a statement sent to wiwibloggs. “We were recording the three songs we were going to propose for Eurovision in the studio and this one just crept up suddenly. Branimir started playing it on the piano, I started humming the lyrics and that’s how ‘Crazy’ came about. We picked it up right away because it’s unusual and unexpected. It’s powerful, emotional, strong, modern and the production is great. I hope the audience will love it.”
Branimir didn’t have to look far for inspiration. He’s got plenty of it in his Eurovision muse.
“Franka has all the qualities of a true world star and we did our best to make a world song, keeping up with the current trends, but at the same time creating a completely new sound and original atmosphere. Young Denis Mevlja had a big role in the making of the song, and mixing was done in London’s Metropolis Studio by the people who had created the sound of Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey and many others. The final processing of the song will be done by London’s legendary Abbey Road Studio. I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you hear the song.”
Franka’s manager Sinisa Bevanda knows that a song of this caliber deserves staging that can match its might.
“We want a beautiful and impressive performance, but we won’t be doing anything very spectacular. We have some interesting ideas and this is the most intensive period for us because the whole concept must be worked out. From the video clip and costume design to the performance. We got some valuable advice from recognized professionals and colleagues with whom we had worked in Zagreb when Franka was the opening act for Beyoncé, so that means a lot to us.”
WHO IS FRANKA?
A place at Eurovision 2018 would mark an incredible comeback year for Franka Batelic. At just 16 years old, Franka made her name winning the talent show Showtime in 2007. Amongst the judges of that contest was none other than Jacques Houdek.
Franka regularly released singles throughout the rest of the decade, including her attempts at Dora. Also in 2009, Franka won Ples sa zvijezdama, Croatia’s version of Dancing With the Stars.
But up until 2017, Franka seemed to have left the music industry. She’s come back in style though with her latest single, “S tobom“. The track charted at #3 in Croatia and has put her right back in the spotlight.
What do you think of Franka’s teaser clip? Do you think that she can bring Croatia to the final for the third year in a row? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.