2016 Reviews – Croatia – Nina Kraljić – Lighthouse

Croatia decided to return to the contest this year, after 2 years without participation. The public broadcaster internally selected the act, former winner of the show The Voice, Nina Kraljić. The song is called Lighthouse, and since its release, fans have been going crazy over the entry. Could this bring Croatia’s best result yet?

The beginning of the song sets the tone for what audiences can expect for the 3 minutes. Her voice immediately surprises you, as you don’t necessarily expect such an enchanting voice to come out of Nina. Her voice only develops throughout the song, and begins to really crescendo during the 2nd chorus. After this, the song builds up to an ending which leaves you wanting more.

The instrumentation in this song is absolutely incredible. The very traditional sounding instruments in the backing music match her voice perfectly, and despite how traditional the music does sound, the song is still so modern. The music builds with her voice, and as you reach the final minute of the song, you get taken aback by the feel of the song. The lyrics of the song give audiences the sense of hope, and I think this is a relatable theme for many listeners.

There is tough competition in semi-final 1, but I’m almost certain that this will have no trouble qualifying. If anything, this could be one of the top qualifiers, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if this achieves top 5 in the final. It already has the support of fans, and will no doubt receive support from the juries.

This is the type of song which would work incredibly with an amazing stage show, and what they project on the backing screen/s will add to the feel of the performance. Overall, with her enchanting live vocals, which need to be delicate at the start of the song, and powerful towards the end, and an engaging stage performance will create one of the most electric performances of this year.

I’m going to give this an 8.5/10. This is a really admirable entry from a country which hasn’t seen much success recently, but that’s all about to change this year!

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