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Ticket to Tel Aviv: Meet Roko from Croatia

16 April 2019 at 18:00 CEST
Croatia's 2019 representative Roko HRT
With the song ‘The Dream', Roko will represent Croatia this year. Roko is set to perform 10th in the second Semi-Final on Thursday 16 May in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is 'Ticket to Tel Aviv', our feature counting down to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Through its popular tv format ‘Dora’, both the Croatian audience and jury decided on 16 February of this year that Roko will be its representative at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Who is Roko?

Roko was born on 10 March 2000 in Split, Croatia and graduated from fourth gymnasium 'Marko Marulić' in Split. Roko started his music career at an early age and besides singing, he has been playing the piano since he was 7 years old. Over the years, he has participated in many national and international festivals and music reality shows.

Roko became nationally recognised in 2011 through Croatia's Got Talent. But one of his greatest achievements is reaching the final of another big tv talent show in 2018 and coming second. He was mentored during the series by Jacques Houdek, a member of the jury and Croatia's 2017 Eurovision Song Contest entrant with My Friend.

READ MORE: Roko's participant profile

You can follow Roko on the following social media platforms:

Roko’s song

The Dream was co-written by Jacques Houdek (Croatia 2017). The song is about the eternal struggle between good and evil, where 19-year-old Roko represents the good. The delegation wants you to think about the kind of world that we are leaving to coming generations, and hopes to contribute to achieve to positive change with the message of the The Dream.

Roko's entry is a song dreaming a dream of love; a dream where the highly sensitive young artist Roko, as the narrator, represents the millennial generation. He is at the beginning of his life path, and faces the fact that life is not a fairytale, but a world that someone else is building and destroying for him and his generation. 

LISTEN: Stream or download The Dream via your favourite music service

Croatia at Eurovision 2018

Last year, Croatia finished 17th in the first Semi-Final. Franka received 63 points for her song Crazy.

READ MORE: Croatia's country page

What do you think of Roko's song The Dream for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments!