Croatia

Stand-in rehearsal Eurovision 2016

This year stand-ins got no chance to perform on public, but were allowed to publish their rehearsals post show.

The running order for the Grand Final

1. Belgium
2. Czech Republic
3. The Netherlands
4. Azerbaijan
5. Hungary
6. Italy
7. Israel
8. Bulgaria
9. Sweden
10. Germany
11. France
12. Poland
13. Australia
14. Cyprus
15. Serbia
16. Lithuania
17. Croatia
18. Russia
19. Spain
20. Latvia
21. Ukraine
22. Malta
23. Georgia
24. Austria
25. United Kingdom
26. Armenia

Semi One predictions from Daniel and me

Mike;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus Maybe
Austria Yes
Estonia Maybe
Azerbaijan Yes
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

So someone will miss out from my predictions, and sadly I think it will be Austria

From Daniel;

Finland No
Greece No
Moldova Maybe
Hungary Yes
Croatia Yes
The Netherlands Yes
Armenia Yes
San Marino No
Russia Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Cyprus No
Austria Yes
Estonia No
Azerbaijan Maybe
Montenegro No
Iceland Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Malta Yes

Some slight disagreements here, but more or less we agree this year

Anyway what the hell do we know.....though we usually get 7-9 out of 10

ESCKAZ announces team choices for Miss and Mister Eurovision

As usual, every year ESCKAZ team selects our own Miss and Mister Eurovision, the decision is based on everything, not just on the looks, but on the overall personality of the artists. This year, our choices are Nina Kraljić (Croatia) and Freddie (Hungary) and the winners received surprise announcement on that during the Red Carpet event yesterday - see their reaction in the video below.

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Hungary meet and greet photos

The Balkans know how to party

Last night, ESCKAZ were invited to join the participants of Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina to their joint Balkan party event.

The delegations made us very welcome by treating us to wonderful drinks and accompanying food and astonishing performances.

Balkan Party Photos

Anna Sahlene, 2002 Estonian representative in Eurovision, and this year's backing vocalist for Australia's Dami Im, kicked off the party with a few performances, including her entry Run Away, which were followed up by the Croatian backing vocals team this year, presenting Yugoslavia's impressive back catalogue of Eurovision songs including Rock Me and Hajde da ludujemo.

After their performance, it was time for Serbia's representative Sanja Vučić ZAA to take the stage with her backing singers. She treated us to a powerful, classy, gutsy medley of soul music (Duffy, Amy Winehouse ) which she topped off with her eurovision entry Goodbye. Sanja's a class act and I'm very keen to keep an eye out for her, after Eurovision.

The performances kept coming in, with Highway performing their Eurovision entry, and proving they also have a soft spot for disco and soul, as they performed their rendition of Get Lucky, amongst other songs. It was a great party that showed much more than just the artists Eurovision entries. Bosnia Herzegovina's one off Eurovision collaboration group, also performed their entry Ljubav Je, but also made it possible for each artist to shine individually; Ana performed one of her own songs, Jala rapped his way much to the delight of the audience, Dalal showed her girl power and Deen treated the Eurovision fans to a much liked return to 'In The Disco', his entry in 2004.

Topping off the highlights of performances was Albanian entrant Eneda Tarifa, who treated us to three songs too, showcasing what an all round entertainer she is.

Guests Ivan from Belarus and at the last moment, San Marinos entrant Serhat, also joined the party, each performing their respective songs. Serhat climbed the stage for a rendition of his entry I didn't Know, alongside Sanja and Eneda and Highway, much to the delight of the crowd, which danced until their feet hurt.

Throughout the evening, we also spoke to some of the entrants, and asked them what their favourite balkan entry this year was.

A fantastic evening, which we're unlikely to forget any time soon.

Thank you to all the delegations involved for having us.

Press Conference from Croatia

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Press conference from Croatia

Press Conference for Croatia

Nina talked about her passion for kaligraphy, and how she thinks about the colours and it's meaning. How colours affects the visiual impression. That is also something, that they have tried to coorporate into the dress, that Nina is wearing on stage.

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