He’s not due in rehearsals until Tuesday. But Croatia’s Roko is already getting in on the Eurovision 2019 action. Before heading to Tel Aviv, the “The Dream” singer hit the recording studio and tackled three of the favourites from semi-final two.
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Some have already compared Roko’s entry with Sergey Lazarev’s “Scream” — they’re both dramatic theatrical ballads. So, it’s appropriate that the medley begins with a take on Russia’s 2019 song.
From that, he segues into another male ballad — Duncan Laurence’s “Arcade”. The Dutch track is currently the oddsmakers’ favourite to win Eurovision 2019.
The Croatian rounds out the session with “She Got Me” from Switzerland’s Luca Hänni. But Roko puts a completely different spin on Luca’s sweaty pop bop, turning it into a slowed down piano ballad.
Roko “Scream”, “Arcade” and “She Got Me” medley
And the stars of 2019 aren’t the only ones getting the Roko treatment. Last week, the young crooner sat down by his piano to knock out another medley, this time of Eurovision winners.
He included Loreen’s “Euphoria” (Sweden 2012), Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Austria 2014) and Marija Serifovic’s “Molitva” (Serbia 2007). Roko is well acquainted with Serifovic since he performed at the Zagreb leg of her latest tour. And there’s a chance he could rub shoulders with Conchita and Loreen in Tel Aviv, with both scheduled to make appearances in the city.
Roko “Euphoria”, “Rise Like A Phoenix” and “Molitva” medley
Roko will be the first act to hit the Tel Aviv stage on Tuesday morning. There he’ll be joined by two backing dancers.
The first is Endi Schrotter. 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.
The second is Brazilian-born Diego Siqueira. 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.
Roko “The Dream” (Croatia 2019) Interview
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