Roko Blazevic is the Croatian pick for Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the young singer with our 10 Things About…Roko Blazevic!
1. Roko Blažević was born 10 March 2000. Sometimes known simply as Roko, he is a Croatian pop singer.
2. Roko hails from the town of Split on the Dalmatian Coast and has been raised in a very musical family. Both his mother Marija Saratlija-Blažević and father Tonći Blažević are also singers, while his brother plays guitar.
3. As well as singing, Roko also plays the piano and the organ.
4. From the age of twelve he pursued a musical career as a singer by joining a local singing groups. As well as being a solo singer, Roko also plays in his music band with Rando and Luka, sons of Croatian singers Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni and Tomislav Mrduljaš.
5. Roko has successfully competed in various talent shows like the ‘Imagine Belgium Festival’ in Brussels and the popular Croatian TV show ‘Zvjezde’ (Stars) where his mentor was the 2017 Croatian representative Jacques Houdek.
6. Roko went on to compete in the Serbian TV show ‘Pinkove Zvezdice’ (The Stars of Pink). He won this competition and won.
7. In March 2019, the UK Eurovision singer Michael Rice traveled to Croatia to sing on ‘Zvijezde Pjevaju’ (Just The Two Of Us). Here he met Roko and the two spent some time catching up and having a go at singing each other’s songs.
8. In 2019, Roko was announced as one of the sixteen participants for the Croatian Eurovision Selection show A Dora. He won the contest topping both the jury and the televote achieving a maximum of 24 points for his song ‘The Dream’. He performed with his now iconic angel wings.
9. ‘The Dream’ is a bilingual ballad which has been described as ‘powerful, although others might label it over-dramatic’.
10. ‘The Dream’ was penned by Jacques Houdek (Croatia’s 2017 representative), Andrea Ćurić and Charlie Mason (who has also written the Eurovision songs ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’, ‘Here for You’ and ‘Beauty Never Lies’).