It’s Croatia calling! After months of preparation and rumour mills turning, Croatia’s first national selection in 8 years is finally taking centre stage. Tonight from 20:05 CET, Croatia will select its Eurovision 2019 singer and song — for the twentieth time via a national selection. Sixteen acts will compete but only one will go home with the winning trophy.
We will only hear the songs in full tonight, but luckily HRT gave us snippets as a glimpse of what we can expect from tonight’s show. That’s why we at wiwibloggs asked you earlier this week to vote for your favourite(s) in our poll.
You’ve cast a total of 2,660 votes and one of the newcomers on the Croatian music scene — Roko Blazevic — has emerged as the winner with his ballad “The Dream”. He has gathered 888 of your votes, which forms 33.38% of the total votes cast. Is 8 a new lucky number?
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Posted by Eurosong HRT on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
1. Roko Blazevic – “The Dream”
He won Serbia’s Pinkove Zvezdice in 2017 — the kids show which produced several Junior Eurovision singers from Serbia and North Macedonia — but it was only last year in which he rose to prominence in his home country after having finished as the runner-up in the Croatian version of the same show. He was mentored by Croatia’s 2017 representative Jacques Houdek, who also happens to be the co-author of his entry.
2. Luka Nizetic – “Brutalero”
In second place we have one of the most-talked about songs of this year’s Dora with 582 votes, or 21.88% of the total votes. That honour is bestowed upon Luka Nizetic and the song “Brutalero”.
Luka, who already tried his luck at Dora before, is a seasoned performer with the looks, voice and charm for Eurovision. His Eurovision entry gets us dancing in less than 20 seconds of the snippet. “Brutalero” is a shameless play on words — cleverly put together by Branimir Mihaljevic — the “Crazy” composer. Luka promises a spectacular show never seen before on TV and we can’t wait for it.
3. Lorena Bucan – “The Tower of Babylon”
Closing our Top 3 is Lorena with another hot favourite to win with 495 of your votes, or 18.61%.
Lorena was discovered on the same show as Roko and was mentored by the notable composer and singer Tonci Huljic. Just as in Roko’s case, her show mentor is also the co-writer of her Dora entry. Interestingly, Tonci competed in Israel before, as the composer of “Marija Magdalena” in 1999.
Two acts were left behind, having failed to accumulate more than 30 votes or barely 1% of votes in total. These are the balladeers Jure Brkljaca and Elis Lovric with 28 and 29 votes respectively.
Do you agree with the rest of our readers? Do you think Roko can take Croatia to the finals? Sound off in the comments below!