Croatia 2018 🇭🇷 HRT confirms: Franka Batelić to Lisbon
CROATIA – Franka will be singing the song titled “Crazy” in Lisbon, written by Branimir Mihaljevic. This was announced this morning by HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster.
Franka Batelić, also known as Franka, is a Croatian singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as the winner of the first season of Showtime. Franka Batelić was born on June 7, 1992 in Rijeka, Croatia, the daughter of Ingrid and Damir Batelić. Batelić has a younger brother named Nikola who is the guitarist of the Labin-based band “Storm”. Batelić began singing at age three, initially singing as a soloist with the “Minicantanti” choir.
Batelić auditioned for the first series of Showtime in 2007, singing “Come saprei” by Giorgia for judges Jacques Houdek, Ivana Husar and Boris Banović. Batelić defeated Marijo Ponjavić, Mijo Lešina and Artemija Stanić to win the competition on 22 December 2007, receiving the highest amount of casted televotes in the final. As a prize for winning, Batelić signed a recording contract with the record label Hit Records. Batelić’s winner single “Ovaj daj” was released officially on November 14 2007.
Batelić’s second single, “Ruža u kamenu”, produced and written by Miro Buljan, Boris Đurđević and Neno Ninčević, was released in May 2008 in Croatia. It was performed at the “12th Croatian Radio Festival” in Opatija where it won the Public’s Award in the Pop/Rock category by receiving the most televotes. Later that year “Ruža u kamenu” was chosen to represent Croatia at the 2008 OGAE Song Contest, an audio event organized by a network of 42 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs and won the contest.
“Pjesma za kraj” was released as Batelić’s third single in January 2009. The song was recorded for the Croatian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 where it finished 7th with a total of 18 points. In December 2009, Batelić and her dance partner Ištvan Varga won the 4th season of Ples sa zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars.
On November 27, 2017, Batelić confirmed via social media that she will release her comeback single “S tobom” on December 4, 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 October 2017
Batelić is in a relationship with Croatian football player Vedran Ćorluka. She is an advocate of LGBT rights. Batelić is an animal rights activist and was the face of the Croatian 2009 “Animal’s Friend” campaign.
When I was two, holding a remote control instead of a mike, I was standing in front of our TV set, blundering through Tony Cetinski’s Nek ti bude ljubav sva when he represented Croatia at Eurovision 1994. I gushed to my mother and father, saying: ,Aka do the same, do the same!’ That little girl inside me never stopped dreaming and now that dream is coming true! I will represent the Croatian Radiotelevision and the Republic of Croatia on Eurovision. I would like to thank the Croatian Radiotelevision for inviting me and trusting me. My team and I are aware of the responsibility that this contest requires and we are ready to take on this challenge. We will do our utmost to represent Croatia in the best possible light in Portugal in May.