Our hopes were answered when we found out that Croatia would send Nina Kraljic to Eurovision 2016. Now, Nina has released her Eurovision song “Lighthouse” and we are officially living for it. The song was officially debuted on Croatian radio, with the video set to be released very soon.
Nina Kraljic — “Lighthouse”
Check out the “Lighthouse” lyrics here
Featuring an absolutely killer key change, “Lighthouse” really shows off Nina’s voice. It also feels very much like an authentic song for Nina to release, with folk instruments leading in to a heavier beat as the song goes on. The song was written by the Austrian duo Popmaché, made up of Andreas Grass and Nikola Paryl.
By singing in English, Nina will become the first Croatian artist to do so since Daria Kinzer’s performance of “Celebrate” in 2011. It’s a rare step away from their native tongue for Croatia too, as they’ve only performed in English (or part-English) twice in the past decade. After failing to qualify for the final in their last four attempts, will “Lighthouse” be the song to push them there?
We react to Nina’s song:
When she was announced as the Croatian representative, Nina seemed to be positive about her chances:
“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.”