In 2003 he won the first-ever edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with “Ti si moja prva ljubav” (You’re My First Love”). And now, with the 20th anniversary of his win approaching, Croatian rocker Dino Jelusic has revealed that he’s been thinking about entering the adult Eurovision.
Speaking to Croatia’s 24Sata, he said that Italy’s recent success has made him re-evaluate his earlier reservations about competing.
“I received and refused calls,” he said. “I was not interested in that. Now that I’ve seen Måneskin, I think to myself: ‘Well, you know what, if [Croatia’s Eurovision Head of Delegation] Ursula Tolj asks me nicely, and if my hands are free to do what I want, maybe I’ll take that into account.'”
Dino Jelusic “thinking about Eurovision” after Måneskin win
Dino’s potential Eurovision run isn’t built on the naive assumption that everyone will embrace him and his music. The 29-year-old made it clear that he understands the pitfalls of a fickle public and media.
“It’s a lot of pressure. If I win, I will be the most loved person in the world, and if I lose I will be the biggest loser. Look what they did to poor Albina. What happened? ‘Tick Tock’ didn’t make it to the finals and suddenly they started stabbing her in the back. That is the problem with us. They only love you when you win.”
But he sees the contest as an opportunity to re-assert his identity and to show the world how much he has progressed since winning JESC.
“It’s amazing that people can find out everything about me in five minutes, but they don’t want to,” he told 24Sata. “I have so many hidden gems behind me, albums I’ve recorded with foreign artists, that many only are only discovering after seven years.”
“But it’s easier to tell them ‘haha, Dino was looking at Sanja’s breasts,’” he says, referencing this image which went viral after Junior Eurovision.
Dino Jelusic joins Whitesnake
Of course, plenty of people in important places have been paying attention to Dino’s music career. Besides fronting the band Animal Drive, which is signed to Frontiers Records, he’s been a touring member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has worked with the likes of Gus G, Mike Mangini and George Lynch.
In July he was announced as the newest member of the hard rock and glam metal band Whitesnake.
Writing on the band’s official web site, lead singer David Coverdale said:
“I am absolutely delighted to welcome the extremely gifted DINO JELUSICK to Whitesnake. We’ve had our eyes & ears on him since we played Zagreb together 2 years ago. You’re going to love him!”
“I am beyond honoured to be part of one of my favourite bands of all time. To get the phone call from David Coverdale is something every singer and musician of my generation can only dream of, it still feels completely surreal. I cannot wait to start hitting the road with Whitesnake and as the great DC said to me himself, to give a piece of my identity to the sound of this iconic band.”
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