When Daria Kinzer won the Croatian selections for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, her song was called Lahor. But in the following days, the decision was reached by the winning team and the Croatian broadcaster HRT to sing in English in the Eurovision Song Contest. New lyrics were presented, and Celebrate was born.
The thought behind the new title is that spring is on the way, and Croatia is expected to apply for the European Union this year, so Celebrate seemed to the team the perfect title from a Croatian perspective.
Moves to Croatia
Daria Kinzer was born on May 29th, 1988 in Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, Germany. Her mother is Croatian and her father German, and she has been living away from her mother's country. But after being chosen to represent Croatia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, Daria announced she would be moving back to the country.
Already as a child, Daria regularly attended a music school in Vienna, and she also performed in musical productions such as Chicago and Cats. She has tried out various musical genres, and finally chose pop music. Her idols are Celine Dion and Mariah Carey, as well as the Croatian performer Vanna.
Daria has always taken home first prizes from various talent competitions and has appeared in various concerts and TV productions. As a musical star, she has also appeared in Hair, Jekyll & Hyde and Little Shop Of Horrors.
Get your own remix of Celebrate on Daria's CD single!
The composer of Celebrate, Boris Djordjević, together with Klik magazine in Croatia, have launched a competition open to anybody to compose the best remix possible of Daria's song. The winning composition is guaranteed to be a track on the official CD single of Celebrate. This brainchild of Boris and Klik is entitled Eurosong Remix Contest. Entrants have until 15th April to submit their remixes.
The backing vocalists for the Eurovision Song Contest have been chosen, and they all hail from the seaside port of Rijeka. The rehearsals are now getting underway, as well as the choice of costumes and stage choreography. Daria speaks Croatian and German natively and is also fluent in English and French, so she will have no problems conversing with the world's media in May.
Croatia will sing in position 13 in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 10th of May.