One of the most promising talents of the Croatian music scene will represent the country in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest: Nina Kraljić, who had previously won the talent show The Voice on home ground, will now set out to conquer a pan-European audience. Her song for Stockholm will be premiered on 9 March.
Nina Kraljić was widely seen as the most promising recent discovery of the Croatian music scene. "In the past year wonderful things have happened, from winning the show The Voice Croatia to three nominations in the Porin awards, and now I am going to Sweden to represent Croatia", she said. "From my participation I expect first of all a good performance, and I hope that the efforts will pay off. The most important part for me is to represent Croatia in the best light."
Nina's participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest had already been widely rumoured in the national press, and today it was officially confirmed by public broadcaster HRT. She is truly one of the biggest new stars that the Croatian music scene has produced: Not only did she gather over a million votes from the TV viewers in The Voice, she also gained the respect of many well-known Croatian artists as she has given all of her performances a very personal touch.
Below you can watch one of her performances at The Voice Croatia, which gained her nation-wide fame:
"It's a big honour for me that after two years of absence from the Eurovision Song Contest, it is Nina Kraljić, last year's winner of The Voice, who will represent us", Croatian Head of Delegation Željko Mesar states. "She will compete in the First Semi-Final and we believe in her success and her trust that she can qualify for the Final on 14 May and sing in front of 200 million TV viewers. Her song will be very interesting, tailored to Nina's voice, and she will represent us in the best possible way, which only she can do."
So, which song will Nina sing in Stockholm? "For now it will remain a surprise", she explains. "But it's certain that it will be in my style, with a modern twist." Nina Meden from Universal Music Croatia adds: "We are currently recording her debut album, which will not only include her first single Zaljuljali smo svijet but also her song for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest." It will be premiered on March 9th.
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