Since his Dora victory back in February, Croatia’s Roko has been very busy preparing for Eurovision. He filmed the music video for “The Dream”, which he released today. He has also revealed more details about his performance in Tel Aviv, revealing who will join him on stage.
“The Dream” — Roko
The music video is theatrical and dramatic, with Roko seemingly trapped in a distorted reality. There are images of war, explosions and natural disasters interspersed throughout the video. Roko explores his surroundings — which consist of hundreds of stairs going up and down — bringing the journey of his song to life.
Fans have been wondering whether Roko would perform in English or Croatian at Eurovision. The official video contains both languages, with Roko shifting gears to deliver the final minute of the song in his native tongue.
The song is penned by Croatia’s 2017 representative Jacques Houdek and his theatricality is certainly evident in the music video.
Fans and bookmakers alike have doubted Croatia’s qualification chances since Roko’s Dora victory. Broadcaster HRT seems to have taken note and amped up the mystery and intrigue in an attempt to boost their chances.
Roko’s backing dancers
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As we reported earlier, Endi Schrotter was confirmed this week as a backing dancer for Roko. Endi lives in Zagreb and started his career on Croatia’s Got Talent back in 2011 where he finished fourth. He worked with Eurovision 2017 star Jacques Houdek on his music video for the “My Friend” remix. Considering Endi’s vocal abilities, it is possible we’ll even hear him sing on stage in Israel.
But Endi will not be the only dancer. Brazilian-born Diego Siqueira will also join Roko on stage in Tel Aviv. He has lived in Croatia for nine years and is a dance teacher at four different schools in Zagreb. This man is passionate, that’s for sure. Diego is no stranger to Eurovision artists, having already performed together with our crazy girl Franka at the Dora final this year.
Diego is very excited about his Eurovision experience. “I promise I will do my best to interpret this wonderful music story through dance movement the best that I can. We’re a great team, I’m glad that Croatia is sending youth, courage, honesty and great talent to Eurovision – I’m sure it won’t be unnoticed.”
The trio have already started working on the performance. Whether Endi and Diego will borrow Roko’s (in)famous angel wings for the performance remains to be seen.
Croatia’s changes seem to be big strides forward. Considering the odds, giving Roko some popular and talented young dancers for his performance could definitely be a step in the right direction. Additionally, we can trust Jacques Houdek to create an amazing stage show.
What do you think of “The Dream” music video? Will Endi and Diego help push “The Dream” into the grand final? Will they all wear wings on stage in Tel Aviv? Let us know in the comments below.