ZAGREB, CROATIA – Emilija Kokić was the lead singer of group Riva that represented Yugoslavia back in 1989 and won the contest with the song Rock me. Couple days ago she gave an interview in one of the biggest Croatian newspaper.
She talked about her new song Iznenadjenje (Surprise), partially penned by Boris Djurdjevic, who is also behind Croatian entry in 2011. She participated with song at the Croatian Music Channel Festival and it is totally 90s style, just like her Eurovision entry. Her upcoming album is gonna be just like that.
Emilija also said that Croatia should come back to Eurovision as it is good for country’s tourism, entertainment and commercially for the broadcaster. She took the example of Conchita.
“The performer, the song, the authors, it all should stand out. It is sad that people more talked about the bearded lady who is actually a man than about the song that was rather good. Because today everyone wants attention more than quality, Eurovision is turning into a circus show. But the show on stage is bringing good result.”
DID YOU KNOW?
Croatia debuted in 1993 and has participated for 21 times before withdrawing in 2014 because the last time they’ve qualified for the Grand Final was in 2009, and it only happened because jury picked them instead of Serbia, who finished tenth as it was by the rules, before the full jury system was implied in 2010. HRT aired first season of The Voice this season and claimed that the winner would represent the country in the Eurovision in 2016. Nina Kraljic won the show, but there is still no official confirmation. Their best result came in 1996 and 1999 when they ended up 4th