CROATIA – Artists across Croatia, including the Croatian Composer Society, headed by the country’s former Head of Delegation, are calling for the national selection Dora to be reinstated by broadcaster HRT.
Dora was used as the country’s Eurovision selection process from 1993 until 2011, when HRT decided to select its representative internally. Despite some results in the 1990s, Croatia had a lacklustre Eurovision run during the 2000s, leading to Dora’s eventual cancellation.
HRT has not commented on the selection method for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Rumours suggest the broadcaster may choose the artist internally, with former 1998 representative Danijela Martinović being considered.
There have also been calls for HRT to invite singing sensation Lorde to represent the country, since she is of Croatian heritage and is also a Croatian citizen.
CROATIA – While the whole world can’t stop talking and buzzing about Taylor Swift and her new music video ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, in which she (not so) secretly deals with many celebrities she has ‘bad blood’ with, fans (almost 1 million on Facebook and 680 000 on Instagram) of the biggest star of Southeast Europe – Severina – also noticed few similarities in the video. Namely, some of the shots from the video irresistibly remind of the shots from Severina’s music video ‘Silikoni’, which was filmed last year by Petar Pasic. Besides these shots, there is an interesting and almost identical scene from Severina’s last tour, which was directed by Tomaz Pandur. ‘Welcome to the Club’ tour was held in 2013 and more than 200 000 people saw it live. Was Taylor Swift or somebody from her team inspired by Severina’s work? The question remains.
CROATIA – The Croatian representative at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, Severina, is locked in a custody battle for her son Aleksandar. His father, Serbian millionaire Milan Popović, is vying for full custody. In April, a judge awarded the couple joint custody of the child, preventing Severina from seeing her only son for 200 days per year. The decision was controversial and a major topic in the press.
Recently, Severina said, “I have to say something about parenting. In order to be a successful parent you firstly need to be a good person. While we are talking about parenting, I have to admit that until Aleksandar’s third year, Milan Popovič didn’t visit him for a total of 18 months. He even admitted to the court that in his own child’s first year he refused to visit him for six and a half months, thinking that the man is not important in a child’s first year. Speaking of shared parenting and not participating in it are two different pairs of sleeves”.
Severina is currently pregnant with her second child and second husband, Serbian footballer Igor Kojić. The Croatian singer has received wide support from her colleagues and she recently released a cover of a song by famous Serbian singer Djordje Balašević, entitled “Uspavanka za dečaka” (A lullaby for a boy), which she dedicated to her son.
Severina represented Croatia with song “Moja štikla” (My high heel) at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, where she came 12th in the final.
CROATIA – Despite his good result including his qualification to the final and the high amount of points received by the public in the final, Jacques Houdek, the 2017 Croatian representative sent a message through his social media thanking the fans for the support on his participation but also wondered why the juries in neighbour Balkan countries didn’t support him.
A week after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final, Croatian singer Jacques Houdek used social networks to thank his fans for their support on the Eurovision Song Contest, which culminated in the 13th place with 128 points, the best result of the country since 2006. “We could not have done anything without your support. All the energy we put on the stage came from your daily support … We hope we have honored you,” he said, praising the country’s delegation in Kiev. There was any friction or negative energy: our goal was clear and we were totally focused on it. ”
Jacques Houdek, however, said that success could have been greater if there had been support from jurors in the Balkan countries: “I saw the votes of these countries with bitterness … There was never any bitterness among the delegations and they all supported us when We were able to be the only country in the region in the Grand Final … Without any false modesty, we presented the best song in the contest and we were rewarded by the “experts.” The lack of support from the judges of our neighbors was shameful. Of them would have top 10 and maybe we could dream higher.I feel sorry … But on the other hand, most of these countries gave us the maximum score of the public, the only realistic indicator of success. “
Jacques is also battered with the lack of support from his own country saying that they were never received by the Croatian President despite approaching him for support and never congratulating them after the contest for the good result at least. The same bitterness is expressed for the Croatian Prime Minister and the Mayor of Zagreb. There was no financial support, he says and never a moral one. Only Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs were supporting them.