Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Baby Lasagna isn’t just Croatia’s first-ever televote winner at Eurovision. He’s also a prince of the people and a humanitarian. And he proved that again on Thursday with the news that he has re-gifted a government prize to help support two very worthy medical institutions. 

On Thursday, Croatia’s government awarded Baby Lasagna — real name Marko Purišić — €50,000 for “promoting the international visibility of Croatia.”

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković congratulated him, saying: “This is the best success of any Croatian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest since Croatia became independent, i.e. since the success of the group Riva in 1989…This is a fascinating success and result.”

As HRT explains, the government also applauded Baby Lasagna for being an “excellent example of music with ethnic overtones and elements of folk costumes, as well as a depiction of life in the countryside and the challenges of young people faced with the decision to go to the big cities.”

Baby Lasagna re-gifts €50,000 prize from Croatian government to two hospitals

But Baby Lasagna refused to accept the money. Rather than enriching himself, he wants to help improve the lives of those in need.

“I thank the Croatian government for the cash prize in the amount of € 50,000,” he said on Insta Stories. “However, I can’t accept that money. I could give many reasons why, but the first, most important and sufficient one is that there are many other individuals and organizations who will help far more people with the money.”

“I hereby ask Mr. Plenkovic to, on my behalf and on behalf of the Croatian government, to donate €25,000 to the Institute for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology within the “Mladen Ćepulić” day hospital. Further, I would like to donate the remaining €25,000 to the Institute for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, KBC Zagreb. Thank you.”

 

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ete sech
ete sech
28 days ago

Wtf with the downvotes on all favorable comments? Did I miss something?

Lolo
Lolo
28 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

Baby Lasagna isn’t that nice to LGBTQ+ people apparently.

Kor
Kor
28 days ago
Reply to  Lolo

And you know that how? Or you just inventing things?

ete sech
ete sech
27 days ago
Reply to  Lolo

Palestinians aren’t nice to them either, and LGBTQ+ support them regardless ._.

ete sech
ete sech
27 days ago
Reply to  Lolo

Thanks for replying and explaining btw 🙂

Lolo
Lolo
26 days ago
Reply to  ete sech

https://twitter.com/wthisteya/status/1792233115290599933?t=Y595Fx8h8-ulKy26DlxsVg&s=19

Teya (Austria 2023) tweeted about this behaviour, of course Baby Lasagna has been very approving of his fans doing this.

Kor
Kor
19 days ago
Reply to  Lolo

You have some inside information that he is approving this? Or again just lying and inventing things? You are pathetic

deni
deni
30 days ago

the king, i love this guy

BbTt
BbTt
30 days ago

Did it really need to be done over social media, though?

LOL
LOL
30 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

Anything for attention, as usual.

Alanis
Alanis
29 days ago
Reply to  LOL

You no nothing what you’re talking about.

Sometimes
Sometimes
30 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

Nothing wrong inspiring people to do good things.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
30 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

Are you really doing this?
The government decision was public, after all it involves public money… No problem to address it publically.

Kor
Kor
30 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

Of course someone will question a good thing…. if he took the money and even donated privately people would question why as well…. so this way all is transparent

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
30 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

It’s the Croatian taxpayers’ gift, so of course this needs to be done in public

Alanis
Alanis
29 days ago
Reply to  BbTt

Yes it did, because, in his song, he was criticizing the govt. that ruined the rural life so young people have to leave their hometowns and country … and now, that same govt. he slapped with his song, is rewarding him with 50k.
That’s the reason he did it publicly and told them where he want that money to be spent.

Efthymios
Efthymios
30 days ago

Simply, class act. The most talented, pure, GENUINE participant of this year’s edition, he deserves all the love he’s getting. He’s certaintly earned a new fan from Greece. 🙂

Ellen
Ellen
30 days ago

He just stole my heart. A real Prince and Gentleman. Some Dutch and Israeli guys should take some notes.

Robert
Robert
30 days ago

I mean taking the money from the goverment that caused exodus of people from croatia you sang about would have been crazy.

Alanis
Alanis
29 days ago
Reply to  Robert

And that’s the reason he did it publicly. It’s the same govt that he slapped with his song.

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
30 days ago

I didn’t see his ‘hotness’ before but now I see how beautiful he is.

Sometimes
Sometimes
1 month ago

What a kind soul, Croatian people i am sure are very proud of him.

Seddik
Seddik
1 month ago

Marko seems like an awesome dude. Glad to see some positive stuff coming out of this edition of Eurovision.

Ruu
Ruu
1 month ago

Odd that many of the comments get +20 in just a couple of seconds, some of the comments are also from same IP.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

Insane. I tried upvoting a say +6 post, and after I’m done it shows as +1. Pathetic.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

Wait I thought you were talking downvoting. My bad. What I said still stands tho.

Zisk
Zisk
1 month ago
Reply to  Ruu

There’s been a lot of botting on croatia related posts lately, both up and down. It’s bizarre.

Ruu
Ruu
1 month ago
Reply to  Zisk

No use for that, the contest is over for this year. Faking interest doesn’t help, just shows that there wasn’t enough actual interest in the first place.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago

In a world full of twisted values and morally corrupt, Marko, you shine so brigjt. As I was saying all alomg…
BABY, YOU’RE A STAR!

Arc
Arc
1 month ago

There was a zero chance he would take a money from the government responsible for people leaving the country, good decision BL

Carlös
Carlös
1 month ago

What is going on this year? People down voting positive comments regarding charity? Goodbye old eurovision community… here we now are 🙁

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Carlös

Insane bots and trolls are hanging around. Amazingly disgusting.

SVal
SVal
1 month ago

What is wrong with people at this comment session. Most of positive comments Are voted Down and negative comments Are upvoted.

Johnny
Johnny
1 month ago

Gentleman. Throughout this season kind and nice. Luv ya Baby

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

What a bunch of pathetic lovers come to this site. Down voting every positive comment and upvoting negative. Really people?

Matt
Matt
1 month ago

My only winner this year..

Bravo Marko, for being such kind and an amazing human being.. Respect..

Meow Meow

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago

So talented, so humble, and such a nice guy.

The true winner of ESC24

Marlinken
Marlinken
1 month ago

He’s been a gentleman from the first moments he really came to public awareness. The way he responded to that final televote reveal was so classy and graceful and, now, this. This man is an example to the world. Legend.

Lulu
Lulu
1 month ago

I cried when I saw this

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Israeli outlet Ynet confirms Eden Golan’s televote advertising campaign was organised by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
https://www.ynet.co.il/news/article/sykjyhaza

Ricardo
Ricardo
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

Yep! It’s confirmed! Astroturfing at its best. From the article: “The support Golan received from the European audience was preceded by a campaign by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government publicity office for Eurovision fans, in which the Israeli representative addressed them in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Czech, Latvian, Estonian, Albanian, Georgian and English – and asked them to vote for her.”  “The videos taken by Golan were uploaded to a dedicated YouTube channel and received more than 14 million views. The campaign appealed to audiences selected based on a careful analysis of the voting patterns of countries… Read more »

Hectore
Hectore
1 month ago
Reply to  Karl

I’ve personally seen so many Google Ads to vote for Israeli representative. It was all over the internet. I’m not surprised though…

Elaine oskoui
Elaine oskoui
1 month ago

He should have won

Thanos
Thanos
1 month ago

Bravo to Marko!

LasagnaLover
LasagnaLover
1 month ago

Smalltown boy who didin’t get addicted to losing game. Respect Marko!

John
John
1 month ago

Class act! Unlike others.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

The real gift was Baby Lasagna and the friends he made along the way…

Babybell
Babybell
1 month ago

Baby lasagna is a class act. No entitlement, no bullying others contestants, no complaining as an attempt to get more attention. He came for the music, conquered our hearts and continues to do so

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago

Good
But I don’t like that he promoted Moroccan Oil on his Instagram account

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Sh1ft_key

this website need moderators. Some people will think it is true.

Sh1ft_key
Sh1ft_key
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

Correction: it’s on the Instagram account of Moroccan Oil

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Sh1ft_key

He was not promoting Morrocan oil, its a video done during ESC that they shared and in the video is also Nebulosa and Nutza

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Eurovision made this possible and that’s worth more than 10 victories. Baby Lasagna will be in my heart for ever.

Tommy
Tommy
1 month ago

You can tell he’s not a capitaist as a capitaist would take that 50K and turn it into 500K or 5 million. Good for him.

Peter Svahla
Peter Svahla
1 month ago

Marko ‘Baby Lasagna’ is a true artist. He is caring and humane and has become a role model for many. He reminds us what the true spirit of Eurovision should be and how music and popularity of one person can help others in need. (Btw, is there anything like a Eurovision ambassador? If not, the EBU should appoint him to be one.)

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Baby Lasagna is a wonderful human being

Cassette
Cassette
1 month ago

Croatia must be a cashed up country if they are giving away money to Eurovision contesants.

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Well if you would not be so ignornat, you would understand that people who do great things to promote their countries they get a prize, same as with sport people etc….

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Cassette

Uhm right. The decision was pure populism, so I’m glad he saw right through it.

Alanis
Alanis
29 days ago
Reply to  Vjera Brdar

Stop being superficial and ignorant.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
25 days ago
Reply to  Alanis

Excuse me?
Start reading with comprehension.

Alanis
Alanis
29 days ago
Reply to  Cassette

No, Croatian govt, as other govts, don’t give a s**t about people. Rim tim tagi dim is a critique song about that exact govt.
They did it because Marko has stirred their mud and they wanted to appear human and generous.
That’s why it is good he slapped them publicly (once more) and rejected that money.

Voix
Voix
1 month ago

Imagine being the ones who had on reserve the guy who won the televote and is loved by a whole country. Hopefully they have the dignity to resign

Azuro
Azuro
1 month ago
Reply to  Voix

Ikr, someone somewhere in HRT thought his song was 25th in the Croatian selection.

Makes you wonder if we’ve lost any other gems in previous years that didn’t make it to the public stage in their NF

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Voix

Heads should roll at HRT, but I’m afraid it’s just wishful thinking.

Amigo
Amigo
1 month ago

This gesture is a true victory for his family and him. Wish you all the best things in your career, Marko! In Croatia and the rest of the world!

MiskyDisky
MiskyDisky
1 month ago

A true winner!

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
1 month ago

Very nice! This guy is so kind, only with his way to speak you can see that he is very kind

Karl
Karl
1 month ago

Legend!