Review: Franka- ‘Crazy’ (Croatia)

Artist: Franka

Song: Crazy

Country: Croatia

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Ranking: 23rd

Betting Odds: 251/1

Franka stated that she had written four possible Eurovision Song Contest entries, but ultimately chose ‘Crazy’ as she felt ‘it was the only right choice’. Since unveiling the song, it has been called into question whether she actually wrote the song at all, when she was hit with controversial accusations of plagiarising another song.

As it stands ‘Crazy’ has been given the green light to compete at Eurovision, and we’re glad it has. It opens with an instantly recognisable Eastern European/ Middle Eastern horn. For the most part it is a ballad with beautiful elements of jazz/pop complemented by Franka’s soulful voice. When it counts though, the song ramps the tempo up with a poppy chorus punctuated with ‘lo uh uh uhves’. The best part of the song has to be about half way through when Franka gives us a spoken, almost slow rap section. For me it harked back to one of the most underrated girl bands of the early noughties: the 411 and in particular their song ‘On My Knees’.

The video shows Franka’s commitment to her art. It is a well thought out piece with stand out visual imagery, a memorable choreographed routine with a troupe of backing dancers, all the while keeping Franka centre focus literally dripping with pearls and descending the throne like an Egyptian queen.

Franka will compete in the tougher first semi final on 8 May but should be able to advance to the final and follow in the footsteps of her former ‘Showtime’ mentor Jacques Houdek who gave Croatia a 13th place finish in the Final in 2017.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Franka!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

 

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