After months of rumours, broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) has finally confirmed that The Voice Croatia winner Nina Kraljic will represent Croatia in Stockholm.
Nina has been a fan favourite to represent the Balkan country, even before Croatia had confirmed that they would be returning to Eurovision for 2016.
Last year Nina appeared to be dropping hints about a big project she had planned for the future, with rumours intensifying earlier this year. Two weeks ago it was reported that Nina was on the point of formalising her agreement to do Eurovision – and now it appear that’s all been taken care of.
Nina won the first series of The Voice in Croatia last year, including a show-stopping cover of Loreen’s “Euphoria”.
Nina sounds excited about Eurovision, telling Eurovision.TV:
“In the past year wonderful things have happened, from winning the show The Voice Croatia to three nominations in the Porin awards, and now I am going to Sweden to represent Croatia. From my participation I expect first of all a good performance, and I hope that the efforts will pay off. The most important part for me is to represent Croatia in the best light.”
Croatia last participated at Eurovision in 2013, where klapa group Klapa s Mora failed to qualify for the final. Croatia last made it to the final in 2009, where Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Šušnjara Croatian performed “Lijepa Tena”.
Nina isn’t saying anything about her song, other than it will be “my style, with a modern twist”. The song will be released on March 9th.
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