Croatia going traditional for 2013

Croatia going traditional for 2013
Nina, Croatia's representative in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.Photo:Elke Roels (EBU)
Zagreb, Croatia -

Croatian broadcaster HRT has today revealed the plans for the selection of their entry to the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. After a period of three years whereby Croatia didn't qualify for the Grand Final, HRT have decided to try something very different and traditional in an attempt to reverse these fortunes.

HRT has announced that their entry for 2013 will be a traditional Croatian style Klapa.

Klapas are traditional Croatian songs which will generally celebrate love, wine, the country, and the sea. A klapa group consists usually of a first tenor, second tenor, a baritone, and bass, Klapas are usually performed acapella, but it is quite common for a gentle guitar or a mandolin to be added. The tradition of klapas is still very popular in Croatia and even some parts of the United States,and new compositions are being made regularlay and klapa festivals are still held.

Klapa performers are generally either all male or all female, but rarely the two mixed together generally.

Selection process

To be allowed to enter for the Croatian selection process, applicants must be Croatian citizens over 16 years old. The song has to be a traditional klapa, and must not have been released before the 1st of September 2012. A specially formed three member jury will listen to all of the submitted entries, and choose the best one to represent Croatia in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest.

There will also be two reserve songs chosen as back up. After the song has been selected, the artists (up to six) who shall perform the chosen song in Malmö will then be selected. The artists will again also have to be Croatian citizens over the age of 16. HRT promises to shoot a video clip of the selected song, and possibly take the artists on one or more promo tours in different countries.

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  • Posted on 17 April 2013 at 17:03
    I am joing those who like Croatia's entry. It's not bad, I would say it's good at a lot of points. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 April 2013 at 00:51
    I am so sorry to burst haters bubles but :) i am from Croatia and i love me some Klapa.I

    don´t care if u don´t like it .If u werent too busy listening to Cascada lipsync,Lil Wayne

    talking about killing children,Kanye West about selling his soul to the devil ect. u would

    know that this kind of singing is under UNESCO´s herritage protection :) and maybe

    listen to some normal sh˙˙ .So now that we understand each other i´ma tell you that u

    need to chillax and enjoy this song.It ain´t upbeat but it´s sure heart warming :) ! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 March 2013 at 19:03
    i personally love this entry from croatia, i love the harmonies and the passion they show in performing this song. maybe it's not a winning song but i will be having a few pounds on them qualifying, good luck croatia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 January 2013 at 19:39
    They have no chance with a klapa. They will have a terrible result. For people to like a song in a language they don't understand, it needs to have a really special melody that catches everyone's attention, or stick out from the mass somehow. Croatia had high quality entries in the 1990s (Danijela Martinovic, Goran Karan, Doris Dragovic, Maja Blagdan etc.), but in 2000's they are a disaster. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 January 2013 at 19:57
    It's very brave of Croatia to make a decision like that. After all, the goal is to represent your country.... I hope it would do well.. :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 January 2013 at 00:01
    Does HRT not listen to mainstream music? Are they completely isolated from to world and unable to hear what is popular on this planet? Apparently they are striving to be at the very bottom of the list in 2013. And I for one will be happy to help them achieve that. Unless you're willing to put forth a serious effort, stop wasting your money and leave the competition. That money could have better uses. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 November 2012 at 22:22
    Deam, HRT is seriously conceited.
    HRT: *Because Croats avoided to send traditional music on ESC, we are sending one.* 80% of Croats disagree to send Klapa on ESC, it's not place for that kind of music. I think we all want to send something like this , not this .
    2012 was total fail, we sent a great singer with her worst song ever!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 November 2012 at 14:11
    Croatia hate to send Klapa on Eurovision. We don't want it because we will do bad this year when we send it but we can't change anything about it our stupid delegation is sending crap and we will end like one at the end of scoreboard. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 November 2012 at 20:35
    respect this decision of croatia !! doesn't matter if traditional songs did not rank that high in eurovision i always love such risky mindsets............. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 November 2012 at 15:52
    It can be amazing, let's hope Croatia gets a good result! Brazil's rooting for you, go go Kapla!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 November 2012 at 04:33
    Traditional music is a risky move. Although Azerbaijan's Sabina Babayeva - When the Music Dies (4th Eurovision 2012 Final). While Portugal's Filipa Sousa - Vida Minha (Eurovision 2012) did not qualify for the final. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 November 2012 at 22:22
    Croatia needs 2 enter a song like they did in 2002 now that was a lovely little song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 November 2012 at 20:11
  • Posted on 27 November 2012 at 17:00
    I think it's great that we will represent us by our traditional music and not some bad pop song with half-naked ladies on the stage(as most of the countries does) but with six handsome man with really great voices. We just have to choose a good song. It won't be something like Russia had this year, but music that really is popular in Croatia, especially Dalmatia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 November 2012 at 00:15
    I'm not sure if this is a good way.

    Traditional songs if they sound to tradtional often flop in the contest. Like Portugal 2012.
    Also if it sounds to bland or generic it won't do, like MayaSar or Eleftheria this year.

    Interesting approach though. Could work if the song is good. Good luck! report to the moderator