At Eurovision 2006, she gave Croatia a 12th-place finish with the Dalmatian-inspired “Moja Stikla”. Now, over a decade later, she remains the Balkan Queen of Pop. After a massive 2017, releasing singles such as “Otrove” and “Kuda Za Vikend“, Severina is starting her year off by releasing a ballad, “Unaprijed Gotovo”.

But this one is different as Severina is accompanied by acclaimed Croatian singer Petar Graso. Like Severina, Graso has been involved with Eurovision in the past. In 1998 he co-wrote Croatia’s entry for Eurovision 1998, “Neka mi ne svane“, sung by legendary singer Danijela Martinovic. It achieved fifth place at the contest.

“Unaprijed Gotovo” features the classic components of a Balkan ballad, with traditional instruments flowing throughout the song. In the black and white video, we seeing Severina looking stunning in a wispy and airy black dress. The video is set in the village of Metajna on the Croatian island of Pag, which provides the video with a rocky and rustic background.

Graso adds body towards the end of the song with his raspy and bold voice. Along with the setting, this allows for the song to be a rustic ballad, different from the other ballads that Severina has released in the past.

Talking about the song, Severina says, “This song was not written for me, but was waiting for me. It is beautiful, emotional and simple with an unusual end”.

She also had something to say about her friend and partner in the song, adding, “I want to share with you the joy of singing with my friend Petar Graso, who added this unique flavour to the song that nobody has. With this song, we can celebrate the fullness of our friendship.”

Severina at Eurovision

Severina placed 12th at Eurovision 2006 with the song “Moja Stikla” — a far more traditional number.

As her career has moved from strength to strength, Eurovision fans have repeatedly called on her to return to Eurovision. Now that Croatia has failed to qualify after two consecutive years of qualification, it’s more conceivable that Severina might consider giving the contest a go. We’d all be served well if she did!

What do you think of Severina’s “Unaprijed Gotovo”? Let us know in the comment section down below!

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12 Comments on "Croatia: Severina delivers modern take on Balkan ballad with new music video “Unaprijed Gotovo”"

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Croatia has talented artists I hope that someone from my five will go in 2019 Kedzo Luka Nizetic Indira Forza Zsa Zsa Jelena Rozga

123
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nice…i would add Kedzo, Luminize and Nina Kraljic 2.0 to the list 😉

p.s. JRo was asked recently if she would go and she said “no” without hesitation so you can cross that off

Thanos GR
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It is terrible how the former Yugoslav-sound has become synonymous for the whole Balkanic music! There are more countries in the Balkans that are NOT slavic and that NEVER were associated with crap like Yugoslavia. Do people actually realize that Albania, Greece, Hungary (de-facto), and Romania, are also in the Balkans?! How does any of those produce the so-called “Balkan Ballads”?! Those slavic nations should call their stuff “ex-Yugo ballads” and not “Balkans Ballads” because this generalization is false and intolerably insulting to others!

Sasha
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Not Hungary by any measure. I think you mean Bulgaria. Anyway, no need to insult ex-Yugoslavs.

esc1234
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With a song like uno momento she would smash it…. wake up HRT

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we should send her again but it’ll probably never happen 🙁

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Severina is a QUEEN<3 Amazing song again

ESC3000
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Croatia should be proud for sending quality acts since their return. They just need to make sure the whole package works (not ruin a quality song like Lighthouse with messy staging) and is lovable on first listen (which wasnt the case with Crazy)

Denis
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Balkan ballad? Not everything is a Balkan ballad. This is just a regular pop ballad. Not her best work but Seve is Seve:)
Also be careful when using Balkan with Croatia, it has a negative meaning there to say it politely.

Sasha
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Lol… The only way Croatia is leaving the Balkans is if it magically removes itself from the techtonic plate of the Balkan Peninsula . I’m Croatian and as far as I know… such a geographical magic act hasn’t happened yet.

Denis
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Geograqphically speaking, Croatia is only partially in Balkans. The hinterland towards B&H and Serbia is Balkan. But northern parts are Central Europe
But what I’m talking about is the word Balkan which has a negative term for some. They see it as something backwards, redneck even.

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and can i ask you what’s the point of mentioning this if no one in the comments cared and no one made a fuss about it? i’m from croatia too and i don’t care…so stop nit-picking every sentence just cause you want to comment something negative