Since their return in 2016, Croatia are two-for-two in the qualification stakes. Now, they’re looking to make it a hat-trick. Broadcaster HRT will reveal their act for Eurovision 2018 tomorrow, February 13, as revealed in a Facebook post today.
And if social media buzz is anything to go by, we already know who’ll be their act: Franka!
HRT’s Facebook has been teasing images of their act all day. In two pictures, the performer is hidden but is clearly wearing a white shirt. This ties in with a picture of Franka wearing a very similar top.
There’s also the hint that Croatia’s act was a former entrant to their national final, Dora.
Franka participated in Dora in 2009 and 2010, finishing 7th both times. Initial reports late last year suggested HRT would bring Dora back again, but that was scrapped for an internal selection after all.
Who is Franka?
A place at Eurovision 2018 would mark an incredible comeback year for Franka Batelic. At just 16 years old, Franka made her name winning the talent show Showtime in 2007. Amongst the judges of that contest was none other than Jacques Houdek.
Franka regularly released singles throughout the rest of the decade, including her attempts at Dora. Also in 2009, Franka won Ples sa zvijezdama, Croatia’s version of Dancing With the Stars.
But up until 2017, Franka seemed to have left the music industry. She’s come back in style though with her latest single, “S tobom“. The track charted at #3 in Croatia and has put her right back in the spotlight.
Franka’s social media also suggests she’s been working on new music still. Could that be her Eurovision track? We’ll find out tomorrow, when HRT reveals all!
Do you think Franka would be the right choice for Croatia? Can they qualify for a third straight year? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section.