There’s a silver-haired light guiding our way and keeping us safe through Eurovision season and she’s called Nina Kraljic, Croatia’s 2016 representative. She was in Amsterdam last weekend for Eurovision in Concert. Just before she took to the Melkweg stage she spent a few minutes with our William. The “Lighthouse” singer proved to be as likeable as she is fierce.
Nina Kraljic interview at Eurovision in Concert
The Croatian superstar told us that her team wrote “Lighthouse” quickly — between late February, when she was selected, and March 9, when the song was released.
The actual recording took just one day — the result of Nina’s amazing vocals and her ease at mastering pretty much any song she takes on.
Nina understands the Ellie Goulding comparisons, but she likes to think that she’s more special on stage… even a bit bipolar in her performances.
As for “Lighthouse”, Nina says it carries an intense message of empowerment, both for people and for her country.
And the lighthouse in the song isn’t just a message — it refers to a friend of hers who sadly passed away, and to whom she dedicates every song she sings.
Nina’s career has gone from strength to strength and she’s one of the biggest stars in the Balkans, having won The Voice of Croatia and later the Porin Award (not the Porn Award, as she points out).
But fame hasn’t changed this edgy girl-next-door. She opted for real promotional photos that show her as she is, not over-the-top Top Model ones.
Nina Kraljic – Lighthouse live in Amsterdam
As for her performance, Nina absolutely slayed the pack. The vocals were on point as was her stunning black and white kimono with mystical tree-print.