Igor Cukrov and Andrea Šušnjara, the duo representing Croatia in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, performed their Dalmatian style ballad Lijepa Tena, the lyrics of which are about a beautiful girl, for the first time on stage in Moscow today. They were supported by four female backing vocalists, who kept waving their hands throughout the song. While Igor started performing the song alone in front of the other five singers, he is joined by his counterpart Andrea later on. For the LED screens in the background, dark colours were used, and blue flowers were shown as well as a dancing couple. A wind machine was also in use, creating a romantic and peaceful atmosphere. Altogether, the Croatian artists showed a confident performance.
24-year old Igor Cukrov from Šibenik had dreamt about becoming a priest at one period of his childhood. Today he is in the third year of theology studies in Split. When he participated in the biggest regional competition, Operacija Trijumf, he became the public’s favourite and went all the way to the finals. Fascinated by his charisma and vocal capacities, Croatian producer legend Tonči Huljić offered him collaboration. His singing partner, Andrea Šušnjara, was born on the 26th of February, 1987 in Split. In 2004 she made her debut in the Croatian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest where she reached a remarkable second place. She took part again one year later, and was placed 4th then.
In the press conference, Igor Cukrov was asked about his decision to stop studying theology and to become a pop star instead. He replied that it is not a contradiction to become a pop star even if you are religious, but his goal, right now, is to become a pop star only. The Croatian delegation was asked if it was an advantage or a disadvantage for them to be drawn first in the Second Semi-Final of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. The composer Tonči Huljić answered the question, saying that it seems to be more of a disadvantage, considering the fact that televoting is used to select nine of the ten finalists in each Semi-Final. When Igor was asked which songs he used to sing in the shower during his time in the Croatian version of Pop Idol, Operacija Triumf, he replied that he used to sing mostly opera songs, but most of these scenes were not transmitted on TV.