During her first rehearsal, Nina Kraljic from Croatia came out in a structured kimono-inspired piece. We knew her backing dancers would tear the dress away in the second rehearsal, and we expected it to reveal something fabulous. Sadly this wasn’t the case. She’s singing “Lighthouse” but someone has definitely dimmed the lights…
The styling choices don’t seem true to Nina’s personality or style. While the structured kimono definitely fits with her edgy, avant-garde image, the metallic dress she reveals is very Las Vegas showgirl. She looks like a metallic peacock who had a bad encounter with a fan. This cringe moment will surely make her a contender for the Barbara Dex Award. We suggest the structured kimono stay on during the entire performance. Even wearing a lighthouse costume would be more appropriate.
It’s important to note that Nina does sound absolutely phenomenal. Unfortunately the costumes distract from the vocal, which may hinder Croatia’s chance at qualifying.
Croatia: Second rehearsal at Eurovision 2016
Nina Kraljic: Interview after first rehearsal
Croatia’s press conference after first rehearsal
Reaction to Croatia’s first rehearsal
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)