2000 and Whatever – Croatia

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Severina – Moja štikla | 12th place, 56 points (Final)

This was one of my top picks, but spoiler, I went with another song – you’ll have to head to ESCDaily to find out who I picked! Anyway, back to this Croatian masterpiece, Moja štikla is everything I would have wanted in a Eurovision song circa 2006 (and to be honest, most of these still apply). I love the ethnic vibe of this song, and of course love that it stayed in national language. Even though I have no clue of what she is singing about, it just feels so nonsensical. I mean, Afrika Paprika? Iconic.

The ethnic vibes of the song were translated to the stage show, where we get a bit of traditional dance in traditional costumes – or so it seems. Whether it’s authentic or not is a different story, but hey, she rips off half her dress during the performance so what more could you ask for. Considering the awkward stage that Greece served up, they did well to stage this song.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

Jacques Houdek – My Friend | 13th place, 128 points (Final)

This song should not have worked live on stage… but somehow it did. Vocally, this entry is extremely impressive, transitioning between operatic and falsetto tones with ease. I am glad that Houdek went to town with the staging and costuming. A song of this nature needed a mesmerising stage show, and Croatia delivered. It managed to evoke all of the emotions under the sun – it was confusing, yet inspirational, silly, yet impressive. Like Brandon, this is also my favourite Croatian entry this century.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

Vote for your favourite entry from Croatia below: