Our fifteenth (!) entry comes courtesy of Croatia. Always one to watch, but not quite one of the big hitters. Since its debut in 1993, Croatia haven’t missed a contest, a record it shares with Spain. It was also one of only three countries (the other two being Sweden and Malta) who traversed the period until the semi-finals were introduced without being relegated due to poor scores, aside from the immune “Big Five”.
Despite its run of good fortune, Croatia’s luck has never really recovered since 2007, and they have struggled to qualify in recent years.
A Croatian-language song won for Yugoslavia, and indeed their best post-independence result of 4th was achieved with a Croatian-language song. Perhaps it is not hobbled in the same way Portugal is, as the native tongue is a recognised language in seven Eurovision nations.
So here they go with a big ballad. I really like the gentle acoustic intro, and that double-bass (?) that really reminds me of some Japanese song I can’t quite place right now. It’s very melodic and gentle, with enough vocal exercise to keep the power throughout.
I can imagine the chorus getting stuck in my head, or being memorable enough to be summoned by the voting re-cap, an important point when you are after votes! It picks up tempo at the end, a dramatic buildup, with a slightly underwhelming finish, but I like it.
Given current form, I wouldn’t put money on them qualifying, but I guess it all comes down to the performance on the night. There’s nothing really holding them back form qualifying, and seeing as Nina seemingly has 7 albums under her belt already, I can only assume she’s paid her dues as a performer.
What IS going on in that video? She’s beautiful, and those Croatian guys… seem to be a clumsy bunch though don’t they? Very nice looking video though! Certainly one of the classier entries from the Balkans this year.