• Nina Kraljić: Croatia's 2016 Eurovision entry (Source Eurovision.tv) (Eurovision)Source: Eurovision
'Croatia's Nina Kraljić will sing 'Lighthouse' at SEMI-FINAL 1 of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden.
Chris Zeiher

7 Apr 2016 - 5:03 PM  UPDATED 15 Apr 2016 - 2:54 PM

Dami Army take note: this is the female soloist to beat in 2016. Croatia’s entry this year is a real contender to the title and could deliver the Mediterranean traveller hotspot its first ever Eurovision win. Nina Kraljić is the inaugural winner of The Voice Croatia and has become a mini sensation across the Balkans.

"Lighthouse" is beautiful and dramatic mid-tempo entry infused with traditional instruments.  Kraljić’s voice is unique and on the right side of interesting and this entry will pick up a stack of votes across the Mediterranean countries.  Expect a top 5 finish. 

Watch Nina Kraljić's official video for 'Lighthouse':

Four Questions with Nina Kraljić

What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?

The extraordinary set of events lead to my participation in Eurovision. Firstly, winning The Voice, then releasing a single that won three nomination for a prestigious Croatian music award Porin, and finally being chosen to represent Croatia at Eurovision – everything happened in just one year.

What are the most impressive facts about you?
  1. I like to play videogames on my Playstation
  2. I have two tattoos, dedicated to people that mean a lot to me
  3. I figured out how to approach music when I quit music for two years and dedicated myself to other stuff
  4. I left my home when I was 14 because of music and education and kept moving for nine years
  5. I am not a fan of partying the way my generation does it - I prefer spending time at home, with my loved ones or solo in my own world
  6. I am obsessed with writing, calligraphy and colours.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?

The most important for me is to get a good rest the night before the performance. I avoid too many rehearsals, I believe that continuous repetition of the same song results in the loss of magic that is present when you sing the song for the first time. Singers often say that the first performance of a song is sometimes the best because it carries a special emotion of the unexpected. My goal is to keep that feeling, to turn off the brain and turn on the heart.

Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?

I have been following Eurovision since I was little, and in a certain way, this is a dream come true. The Eurovision Song Contest will, regardless of the changes brought on as time passes, remain the most recognised singing competitions in the world.

Follow Nina on Twitter.

Follow Nina on Facebook. 

The Eurovision Song Contest will be broadcast on SBS’s Eurovision Weekend - Friday 13, Saturday 14 and Grand Final Sunday 15 May, 7.30pm on SBS, with LIVE early morning broadcasts from 5am on Wednesday 11, Friday 13 and Sunday 15 May.

NSFW: Belarus entrant IVAN sings NAKED onstage with live wolves
Footage has emerged of Belarus's 2016 Eurovision entrant rehearsing in the nude, accompanied by live wolves. Will IVAN actually be allowed to get away with this at Eurovision though?
Betting odds favour Australia for a Eurovision Grand Final finish
Eurovision fans around the globe are getting behind our very own Dami Im following the release of her official entry ‘Sound of Silence’.
Presenting Australia’s 2016 Eurovision Song: 'Sound of Silence' by Dami Im
Dami Im will perform her new song 'Sound of Silence' as Australia's representative at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in May.