ZAGREB, CROATIA – The Croatian Composer’s Society has criticised national broadcaster HRT for its selection of the country’s Eurovision entry. The Society states that they were “shocked” and “disappointed” to learn that singer Nina Kraljić will be singing a song composed by foreigners.
“We are aware that some countries competing at Eurovision have long ago given up songs for their singers. We are also aware that in the past, certain members of this Society have written songs for foreigners as well”.
However, the society says there are three reasons that the song should have been composed by Croats, saying that Croatia has a successful music industry both at home and abroad, that the singer is just one small part of the entire composition and that Croatia has fought long and hard for its independence and should be proud of its national identity.
The Croatian Composer’s Society says it also finds problematic that the singer for Croatia’s entry was chosen by a foreign cooperation and not HRT or the public. However, the Society does say they wish Nina and her entry “Lighthouse” the best at Eurovision but has warned HRT not to choose the country’s entry this way in the future.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nina Kraljić, a former winner of the talent show “The Voice” will represent Croatia in Stockholm with the song “Lighthouse”. The song has been a hit with the fans. It will be performed during the first half of the first semi final on May 10.