Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Baby Lasagna took Croatia its highest heights at Eurovision, winning the public vote and finishing second overall with “Rim Tim Tagi Dim.” That’s the country’s best-ever finish. Thousands of Croatians filled the streets for his homecoming party in Zagreb to thank him for his incredible achievement and for representing Croatia with pizzazz and dignity. Following his arrival, he gave an interview on RTL Direkt and revealed how he coped with the pressure, his almost-victory and more. 

Baby Lasagna discusses the jury vote at Eurovision

On top of being a fan favourite from the moment his song was revealed in Croatia, Baby Lasagna was also the bookies’ heavy favourite to win. Hype continued to build going into the final. But when the jury points started rolling in for Switzerland — Nemo received 12 points from 22 of the 37 participating countries — Baby Lasagna knew he had no chance to win. But he isn’t bitter about it. In fact, he was overwhelmed by his massive public vote and the love the audience gave him in the arena. On top of that, he stressed that the Swiss song was phenomenal and expressed his admiration for Nemo.

When asked who he would give his 12 points to if he were a jury member, Baby Lasagna answered without hesitation: Latvia’s Dons with “Hollow.”

Baby Lasagna will not return to Dora as a singer

When asked if he plans to try to represent Croatia again and compete in the national selection Dora, Mr. Lasagna said that he doesn’t plan to return as a contestant but maybe one day he will consider coming back as a songwriter.

When he submitted “Rim Tim Tagi Dim,” Baby Lasagna already had seven songs up his sleeve. He will release them as an album soon and and will start releasing music this summer. He described the upcoming album as “chaotic,” saying that his new songs span a variety of genres but retain the funky vibe of his Eurovision song. Besides releasing music, Baby Lasagna’s summer schedule is filled with gigs in various cities across Croatia, as well as international performances in Amsterdam, Madrid, and London. He is also planning a European tour for 2025.

 

Are you excited for Baby Lasagna’s new album? Do you plan to attend any of his gigs? Let us know in the comments bellow. 

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Eva
Eva
2 days ago

The jury boycotted Israel and Ukraine and gave few points to Croatia. All this because they wanted Metler to win. The result should be canceled because the competition rules were broken. Wiwibloggs should write about the violation of the competition rules and the open boycott of Israel and Ukraine by the jury. Please cancell the rigged result

Julian
Julian
2 days ago

Weird he deleted his transphobic video about Nemo, hmm.

Stacey
Stacey
2 days ago
Reply to  Julian

What video? I can’t imagine him being transphobic. Are you sure it wasn’t just a language thing?

Stacey
Stacey
13 hours ago
Reply to  Stacey

Not sure why I got down voted, I was simply asking a genuine question because I haven’t heard about any such video.
Also FYI – Nemo isn’t actually trans. They are non-binary.

Ivana
Ivana
2 days ago
Reply to  Julian

Come on, what next? He’s planning to assassin Nemo. Stop spreading lies Julian.

Ibravic
Ibravic
2 days ago
Reply to  Julian

Massive mistake to even say such things, he made some fat joke about Käärijä before Eurovision too, so scummy personality.

BbTt
BbTt
4 days ago

I will never understand all the fuss about this song. It’s just a basic Rammstein-inspired song.
Anyway, this dude seemed nice, but now is giving “pick me” vibes as Gen Z would say.
He didn’t win, get over it. Y’all know the rules and you can’t not like them when it doesn’t suit you.

Eva
Eva
4 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

The rules? Metler win is rigget. Who are jury points for Israel? Was it fair voting or politic voting? Metler won only because rigget jury voting its only rigget jury winner

Ivana
Ivana
2 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

And thank you for that totally subject non related opinion. Come back again soon..

Mark wood
4 days ago

Whilst loving his song and performance , I was completely put off by the over nationalistic and homophobic croatians online and on tiktok . It was vile to read the comments from seemingly ordinary croatians . Full on red flag vibes from that country for me now . Yes before you say it I know others do the same but this was endless from Croatian fans even before the result . I m convinced they played a part in his not doing as well in jury votes

Wert
Wert
4 days ago
Reply to  Mark wood

Some people on Tiktok were sent death threaths, after they congratulated Nemo for the win, disgusting behaviour from Croatians.

Ivana
Ivana
2 days ago
Reply to  Wert

Oh come off it. That’s the stupidest thing I read in a while. Back in your box please

RxLou
RxLou
4 days ago
Reply to  Mark wood

You go on TikTok and you’re surprised by toxicity? 😀 man, tiktok is the biggest cesspool right after twitter.
Croatians are such a cool people, very hospitable and down to earth. You cant judge one nation based on tiktok comments geeez. Live a real life dude

Ivana
Ivana
2 days ago
Reply to  Mark wood

Please read back what you just wrote and see the hypocrisy. Let’s just tarnish the whole nation because you read some mean comments online.

Dawid
Dawid
4 days ago

Real race starts after the show

Mor Cowbell
Mor Cowbell
4 days ago

Thanks for posting the RTL interview WiWibloggs. Made my day.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
5 days ago

Good luck in your new endeavors, Marko. You’re such a king and you deserve everything good that’s coming to your career! Thanks for taking part of ESC this year, you’ll be dearly remembered in such a chaotic year!

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
5 days ago

the televote winner should get a trophy too, he deserved

Stian F
Stian F
5 days ago
Reply to  Fabrizio

Totally agree. There should be 3 different trophy’s, one to televote winner, one to jury winner and one overall trophy!!! Also I definitely think they should announce that the televote winner is the televote winner when they get to the televote winner! The jury winner gets all this praise and attention during the show while the televote winner get no attention at all almost….

Eva
Eva
4 days ago
Reply to  Stian F

Metlers win is rigget. Where are jury points for Israel? Was it fair voting or politic voting? And Croatia had odds like 1,5. That means that bookmachers were sure that Croatia will win. And if there had been no fraud, he would have won. Why cant this voting be cancelled?

Bani
Bani
5 days ago

IS THIS FOR REAL FROM THE UK?….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0clgpCqB84

Brian
Brian
5 days ago

What a class act! From start to finish, he was humble and heroic.

Mark wood
4 days ago
Reply to  Brian

Shame the Croatian fans weren’t

MissYouMrTakeItAway
MissYouMrTakeItAway
5 days ago

Baby Lasagna and Kaarijaa should work on a collaboration in a near future, or maybe even perform an interval act (but not à la Malmo 2024, though).

Lulu
Lulu
5 days ago

At this moment he sold 3 concerts in a row, this afternoon..each concert was sold in 3 minutes!!!

MissYouMrTakeItAway
MissYouMrTakeItAway
5 days ago
Reply to  Lulu

I’m so happy to hear that! Good for him!

Maria
Maria
5 days ago

Croatia can’t complain they benefited the most of the fact that Joost wasn’t there.

Robert
Robert
5 days ago
Reply to  Maria

People thinking that Joost performing would influence outcome are delulu

Robert
Robert
5 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Lets not forget Joost lost to Israel. Israel lost to Croatia.

Omm
Omm
5 days ago
Reply to  Robert

Israel’s points are totally false. They are purely manipulative.

Robert
Robert
5 days ago
Reply to  Omm

And yet they lost to Croatia

Tony
Tony
3 days ago
Reply to  Omm

Don’t be that childish

Dawid
Dawid
4 days ago
Reply to  Maria

They also lost the most from Israel being there

Robert
Robert
5 days ago

The king has sold out his first conceret in FOUR minutes.

Karl
Karl
5 days ago

Ruxandra, please write an article on Israel’s vote manipulation. I just posted the link to the source.

Karl
Karl
5 days ago

BREAKING: Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs admits to vote manipulation in other countries to boost Eden Golan’s televote score, as reported by The Time of Israel and The Grayzone.

Karl
Karl
5 days ago
Reply to  Karl

Link:
thegrayzone . com/2024/05/14/israel-astroturfed-eurovision-vote/

Mikael
Mikael
5 days ago
Reply to  Karl

If this is true how can the EBU claim that it is not a political thing when the foreign ministry if a participanting country starts campaigning to affect the voting?

The truth
5 days ago
Reply to  Karl

And EBU is not going to do anything about this? What if this had been done by other countries? Azerbaijan is up to this day held in contempt for manipulating (allegedly) a couple of juries.

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
5 days ago
Reply to  Karl

if this gets confirmed imo Israel should be removed because of breaking the contest’s rules.

Carlös
Carlös
5 days ago

What a humble guy. He has made Croatia proud and in an intense year he spread joy and captured the true essence of Europe. Dora needs to take a hard look in the mirror and completing change…imagine if Europe never got to see Baby lasagna?

idk
idk
5 days ago

In that case I wish he comes back as a songwriter, Dora would really benefit from that.

Zuzu
Zuzu
5 days ago

I trust the televoters way more than the juries. In general, this year’s semis results were more than fair. The qualifiers were those with the best staging, song and vocals, closer to the ‘whole package’ compared to the non – qualifiers. (Apart from ‘that country’ that ruined this year’s edition – and most probably all the following ones unless action is taken)

Jimmy
Jimmy
5 days ago

I’d be surprised if any of this year’s contestants wanted to return again to compete, with the exception of Joost, who may feel he has unfinished business.

Marko did great, and he’s secured a place in Eurovision history with an iconic performance and hit for Croatia.

Johnny
Johnny
5 days ago

Im sad i will never see him again at Eurovision, but i kinda understand with everything that went down. Regardless, waiting for that album boy. Im listening IG BOI and Don’t hate yourself on repeat the last two days. Love it

Mucrush
Mucrush
5 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

We could still see him again as a guest at Eurovision, maybe as an interval act. I am also certain we’ll see him as a guest at other Eurovision events like pre-parties! (If he wants to, obviously). He’s part of the Eurovision legends now!

Johnny
Johnny
5 days ago
Reply to  Mucrush

I was seriously thinking flying to Croatia on his concert and tickets were sold out. Now i saw there is new show , and im anxiously waiting 16:00 to buy tickets. Im also bringing mi bf with me 🙂

Johnny
Johnny
5 days ago
Reply to  Johnny

Nope, didn’t get tickets for second or third concert….. This ruined my day 🙁 stupid website sabotage

Jofty
Jofty
5 days ago
Reply to  Mucrush

I’m sure. And we will see much more of Rim TimTagi Dim in the next 10 years than The Code (yawn).

Mark wood
4 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

See this is it fans can’t just like a song they have to put others down . Nemo won get over it

juliana
juliana
5 days ago

good luck Markooo!!!

Ari
Ari
5 days ago

Imagine the excitement of a televote only final this year. 3 countries in the lower 300s. It’ll never be truly exciting again if they keep this system. Not like 2003 or 1998 or 1988.

Eyal
Eyal
5 days ago
Reply to  Ari

In 2019, it was really close after the jury vote. Now, when Switzerland received 12 points from 22 juries, they spoiled the fun.

Mark wood
4 days ago
Reply to  Eyal

He was better by a long shot and as a musical composition it was streets ahead of tigi .

Sebas
Sebas
5 days ago
Reply to  Ari

I’m not sure the issue is juries in the final. The televote only semis allow for entries to get through that were never gonna do well with the juries anyways thus the juries can really focus their points on the few entries that do tend to favor the juries. Actually the big-5 can make use of that HARD because they don’t need to qualify from tele-only semis. France did it this year and Italy and Germany to a lesser degree.

Robert
Robert
5 days ago
Reply to  Sebas

6 ballads advanced from semis out of 9. I don’t think not having juries in semis changed anything

Voix
Voix
5 days ago

A true class act. Hopefully the Dora team is fired or have the dignity to resign after having him on reserve.

Fatima
Fatima
5 days ago

You can see he’d already done the maths when it came to the split screen. A lot of us had also, it’s one of the failings of the current reveal format.

Bxs
Bxs
5 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

I like the way they revealed the televote points in 2016, where they gave the televote points not in reverse-jury-vote order but in order from lowest to highest televote. This way you give importance to the televote winner, which currently is not even mentioned.

GregZ
GregZ
5 days ago
Reply to  Bxs

They don’t want you to know that the televote winner!

It would remind the audience that their vote means nothing.

Alex
Alex
5 days ago

It would be a mistake to return as a singer bc he would not be able to recreat this level of success. It would be great to see him as a songwriter or even a jury member for ESC and Dora

Karl
Karl
4 days ago
Reply to  Alex

That’s a good point.

Davie
Davie
5 days ago

What a winner. My winner.

He is gracious and modest. His comments are only positive about others and his experience.

Second place often captures the public’s’ heart the most (Eleni, Käärijä, Sam Ryder)

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
5 days ago

Well, given how this year panned out, it’s really not a surprise in the slightest that he doesn’t ever want to return as a performing contestant again (I doubt most of this year’s performers do, and they can’t be blamed).

In a few years if things get better, I would look forward to seeing him as a songwriter though.

Mark wood
4 days ago

Don’t be rediculous . If he hadn’t entered eurovision then no-one out of Croatia would ever of heard of him . Eurovision is a great platform for bands that won’t be noticed outside of their countries.

Patricia
Patricia
5 days ago

I agree that Latvia was one of the best. I’m a fan of Italy and Israel’s entries, but that’s from a musicians’ perspective (I can understand it’s not stereotypically Euro enough). But Croatia really was the crowd favourite and he’s just being nice to Latvia.