At Eurovision 2006, she gave Croatia a 12th-place finish with the Dalmatian-inspired “Moja Stikla”. Now, over a decade later, she remains the Balkan Queen of Pop. After a massive 2017, releasing singles such as “Otrove” and “Kuda Za Vikend“, Severina is starting her year off by releasing a ballad, “Unaprijed Gotovo”.
But this one is different as Severina is accompanied by acclaimed Croatian singer Petar Graso. Like Severina, Graso has been involved with Eurovision in the past. In 1998 he co-wrote Croatia’s entry for Eurovision 1998, “Neka mi ne svane“, sung by legendary singer Danijela Martinovic. It achieved fifth place at the contest.
“Unaprijed Gotovo” features the classic components of a Balkan ballad, with traditional instruments flowing throughout the song. In the black and white video, we seeing Severina looking stunning in a wispy and airy black dress. The video is set in the village of Metajna on the Croatian island of Pag, which provides the video with a rocky and rustic background.
Graso adds body towards the end of the song with his raspy and bold voice. Along with the setting, this allows for the song to be a rustic ballad, different from the other ballads that Severina has released in the past.
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Talking about the song, Severina says, “This song was not written for me, but was waiting for me. It is beautiful, emotional and simple with an unusual end”.
She also had something to say about her friend and partner in the song, adding, “I want to share with you the joy of singing with my friend Petar Graso, who added this unique flavour to the song that nobody has. With this song, we can celebrate the fullness of our friendship.”
Severina at Eurovision
Severina placed 12th at Eurovision 2006 with the song “Moja Stikla” — a far more traditional number.
As her career has moved from strength to strength, Eurovision fans have repeatedly called on her to return to Eurovision. Now that Croatia has failed to qualify after two consecutive years of qualification, it’s more conceivable that Severina might consider giving the contest a go. We’d all be served well if she did!
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