HRT’s decision to send Klapa s mora to Eurovision was a total fail. All it did was help us promote Dalmatian culture for the following summer season. It’s time to move on and to show off some of the hot celebrities that are my favourites to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2014!
Last fall fans throughout the region voted for Croatian singers they wanted to see compete at Eurovision. HRT didn’t listen to them, but perhaps their results can guide HRT in the year ahead.
The winner of the biggest poll was Franka Batelic. This young girl from Rijeka has been on the scene for seven years and she began her career on a talent show called ‘Showtime’. She has competed at Dora, the Croatian national selection, on several occasions but she has never won. Even so, in 2008 her song Ruza u kamenu (Rose in the stone) won the OGAE contest .This might have been her closest shot of getting to Eurovision.
But that’s not her biggest accomplishment. She was the interval act at Beyonce’s concert in Zagreb this April, y’all!
In an interview with Eurosong.hr, she stated that she’d like to perform in Eurovision but her invitation from HRT hasn’t come. How rude!
Next is Danijela Martinovic, a young-of-heart girl from Split. She represented Croatia in 1998 and came 5th (losing out to Israel’s Dana International). As you can see below, the style of songs she sings has certainly changed over time!
On January 2012 she published a song ‘Raspasoj’ (Party). This funny song talks about madness, nightlife and love, and its music video has been viewed more than one million times. Her boyfriend Petar Graso authored this oh-so-addictive song. That’s teamwork….
Another option is Jelena Rozga who, in my mind, is one of the best Croatian singers. She has been a favourite of ESC fans for several years but this year reached only third place in the polls, due largely to her statement that she has no intention to perform in Eurovision. She began her career in group Magazin. Her new song Nirvana faced criticism but in a very short time has become a big hit. It has been viewed over 7.5 million times on YouTube. Would this ‘Romanian’ tone be a better choice?
Colonia is one of the oldest Croatian groups. They’ve been active on the scene for years but have only competed at Dora once. Boris Durdevic (stage name Eric Destler) writes most of their songs and is also member of a group. He was responsible for the lyrics of the 2011 Croatian disaster ‘Celebrate’, performed by Daria Kinzer.
29 year old Lana Jurcevic has been on stage since 2003 when she gained popularity with her song Odlazis (You’re leaving). In 2006 she got 8th place at Dora with her song Najbolja glumica (The best actor). Two years after that she appeared at Dora again–but this time as the host.
Her new song will remind y’all of Ivi Adamou’s La La Love (but with better vocals) and Katy Perry’s California Gurls. Oh and there is Nicki Minaj too.
Severina, the queen of Estrade, is already known in Eurovision circles. She represented Croatia with her high heel in 2006 and managed to get high as well, finishing in 13th place. With her heart-breaking ballads and club numbers she’s totally fierce! U gotta love her!
And then there is our favourite fatso Jacques Houdek. His real name is Zeljko but he wanted to become more French than Croatian so he changed it to Jacques. He was a runner up in Dora 2010. He was defeated by Daria Kinzer, our party girl from Germany. Except for singing pop and soul he’s also famous for singing lullabies and collaborating with a kids group. There is one thing going through my mind: Take me to the candy shop! With his album ‘idemo u zoo’ (We’re going to the zoo) he won Porin – the prize for the best kids album and the best male vocal performance in 2012. In 2007, he was the winner of the first season of the ‘Singing with the Stars ‘, along with journalist Lamija Aleckovic.
His latest music video for the song ‘Zid’ (Wall) was recorded with an iPhone 4s during Jacques’ stay in the Maldives, where he was invited to sing for the owners of the islands—a billionaire couple.
So who is your favourite? Can anyone above represent Croatia with a bit of dignity? If not should Croatia choose someone from outside of the country? Let me know below!
Mario Saucedo contributed this report from Croatia. Follow the team from WiwiBloggs.com on Twitter @wiwibloggs.
Photo: Klapa s mora