CROATIA – On Monday Corluka (32) returned from the World Cup in Russia to the biggest welcome-party Croatia has ever seen. This weekend, celebrations were a bit more low key as the defender got married to his sweetheart Franka Batelic (26). The couple tied the knot in a church in the small Istrian town of Bale, before celebrating with friends and family at the stunning Villa Meneghetti.
Croatian singer Toni Cetinski entertained guests at the wedding. “My performance was supposed to be a surprise, but Croatia is a small country where nothing can be hidden so it was revealed that I would have the honour to sing,” he told 24sata.
Whilst Corluka spent a large part of his life in Zagreb before football took him to Manchester and now Moscow, Batelic is originally from Istria. Franka has won a number of awards during her music career and this year represented Croatia at the 2018 Eurovision in Ukraine.
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CROATIA – Croatia may have lost the FIFA World Cup™ on Monday, but defender Vedran Ćorluka is still scoring off the field. Franka Batelić, who represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest this year with her song ‘Crazy’ is engaged to the Croatian footballer.
Throughout the tournament, Franka been spotted in the stands, cheering her fiance and country on. The couple has been together for six years according to Balkan media.
Franka placed 17th in the first Semi-Final at this year’s contest in Lisbon and did not go through to the grand final. Nonetheless, she’s a star in her homeland, opening for Beyonce at the Arena Zagreb in 2013.
But the Eurovision connect doesn’t stop with Franka. Tony Cetinski who represented Croatia at the Song Contest in 1994 will sing at the couple’s wedding. Cetinski is a pop icon in the Balkan region.
CROATIA – While many eyes were unsurprisingly drawn to the stunning Swedish footballers’ wives and girlfriends in the run-up to their game against Southgate’s Three Lions squad, their men clearly couldn’t match up to the fitness of their women. With Sweden out of the running, we present the top Croatian players’ Wags – who will hopefully be consoling their blokes come Wednesday night…
Franka Batelic is the stunning girlfriend of captain Vedran Corluka – and she’s a superstar singer in her native Croatia. The 26-year-old beauty rose to fame after winning the first series of Showtime, a reality TV talent show similar to X Factor, in 2007. And it wasn’t the only show she’s won – she came first on the fourth series of Ples sa Zvijezdama – the Croat version of Dancing With The Stars in 2009.
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Talented Franka supported Beyonce when she performed in Croatia’s capital Zagreb in 2013, and was Croatia’s entry in this year’s Eurovision with her song Crazy. Although she made it to the semi-final, she came 17th so she didn’t get to perform the tune at the contest’s final in Lisbon.
Although she made it to the semi-final, she came 17th so she didn’t get to perform the tune at the contest’s final in Lisbon.
The other two are: Anita Lovren is the childhood sweetheart of Dejan Lovren and they married in 2012 and Izabel who is often compared to singer Shakira in the Croatian national press.
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CROATIA – On 27 November 2017, Batelić confirmed via social media that she will release her comeback single “S tobom” on 4 December 2017. The song was first played on Nives Čanović’s 385 Show on Narodni radio on 4 December with Batelić interviewed live. The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Sandra Mihaljević and Igor Ivanović and premiered on RTL Televizija’s HR Top show on 10 December 2017. It was announced on 13 February 2018 that Batelić would represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song “Crazy”. She came in 17th in the first semi-final thus not qualifying for the grand finale.
PORTUGAL – Speaking to Portuguese paper Publico, 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral fully attacked the Israeli song saying that it’s a horrible song. He also hopes people stop seeing him as a Eurovision winner and return to his normal life (and basically to his anonymity). He had difficult time when he arrived back home last year with all this media and public attention which made his nervous and crying. But he recons that Eurovision brought him good things in life as he had thee chance to play his music in Spain and considers his Eurovision relationship as a love-hate one.
The 2017 Croatian representative Jacques Houdek took the stand to unleash his anger over Salvador’s comment posting a Facebook message in which he said:
SHAME ON YOU, Salvador Sobral!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Is this how a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to speak out? You tried so hard to portray yourself as a humble man, as a true artist, and you may have tricked the entire Europe, but you did not fool me! Let me tell you something Salvador Sobral – last year, when you missed out on ALL of the ESC rehearsals, and your sister did them for you – the European Broadcasting Union – EBU should have disqualified you! It was unprofessional and extremely unfair to all of us who were there, doing all the hard work! It was also very sad and unfortunate that you were sick, I have to say, but if you are having health issues – YOU DON‘T TAKE ON such a huge project like Eurosong! Even in your own victory speech you were unpleasant to all of us, your fellow Eurosong contestants – but NOW, you are being far more rude by picking on Israel‘s representative Netta Barzilai נטע ברזילי and her song, it is just outrageous! So patronising and completely inappropriate, not gentleman-like of you to do this! You should apologize ASAP!!! If you hate the concept of Eurovision so much, you never should have competed in it! The fact that you had to struggle to listen to last year songs and now you are so happy that you don‘t have to listen to any of this year‘s „horrible“ ESC songs just tells us all that you are a very small person! All of these young artists have dreams and they are under enormous pressure at this moment, so who are you to put shade on any of them? You may think you are a true artist, that is your right, but to me you just seem like a poser. Do you really think you are cool by acting so non-interested and distant? Not! Do you really believe that this kind of behaviour makes you a bigger artist in the public eye? It does not! It just shows us all that you are fake, just like you were a year ago when you won the ESC 2017. You may have won the ESC, but to me you are not a winner!
CROATIA – There seem to be no appeal to the fan voting in various polls or Fan Club votings for Croatia and no interest in the betting odds to consider Croatia as a qualifier. After all the song is indeed apathetic without bringing something exciting on stage as the solo performance seems to harm it. Franka is indeed a crazy for love woman with very good vocals and is indeed one of the most beautiful participants in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The dress looks too much “Dynasty” and I am not talking about the new version of the TV series and although the camera work is good, there tis a general problem with how the song was promoted plus the shadows of alleged copy of the tune from an online platform which resulted to a proven legal purchase. Anyway, it’s good but not good enough to qualify.
ESCKAZ.COM: It looks and sounds very professional – still as impressed as I was with the first rehearsal.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall this is a solid showing and they’ve really elevated their chances with today’s rehearsal.
ESCXTRA.COM: From the second verse, Franka moves around the stage and a wind machine launches into action. In general, the lighting is a mix of blue, red and black. Again, Franka is crying by the end of the song.
EUROVOIX.COM: The second run is a lot better. She works with the camera well, but the jarring juxtaposition of the staging does make it quite unforgettable given the strong contrast between it and (FYR) Macedonia.