Dino Jelusić

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Dino Jelusić
Photo is taken by Toni Bitunjac
Background information
Birth name Dino Jelusić
Also known as Dino
Born (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 22)[1]
Origin Požega, Croatia
Genres Heavy metal
Progressive metal
Hard rock
Groove metal
Occupation(s) Singer
Damjan Milekovic (Bass)
Adrian Boric (Drums)
Alen Luke (Guitar)
Associated acts Dino Jelusic
Made In Iron
Crno Perje
The Ralph
Muris Varajic
Zoran Misic

Dino Jelusić is a Croatian singer, musician and songwriter. He was the winner of the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 (JESC), which took place in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003.[2]


Dino was born in Zagreb (Croatia), on 4 June 1992 currently lives in Zagreb. He has performed since he was very young, appearing in a lot of stages and festivals from 1998. His breakthrough however, was his appearance on Croatian television's Turbo Limach show for children ("Limač" is Zagreb youth slang for Mali – "little one"), when he was only about 5 years old. Besides his native city Zagreb, he has performed in cities like Cairo (Egypt), Figueira da Foz (Portugal), Alicante (Spain), Bucharest (Romania), Rimini (Italy)and Kaunas (Lithuania) before going to Copenhagen. Dino also appears frequently on Croatian radio and TV as a special guest for popular stations. He has already had his first full length concert held in the Šalata stadium in Zagreb in September 2004, gathering 6000 fans. In 2005 he went on a 40 days tour in Australia, entertaining Croatian communities in Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Woologong and Brisbane.


At the JESC he sang "Ti si moja prva ljubav" (You are my first love) and obtained 134 points. The English version of the song is titled "You are my one and only". The performance included playing the piano and dancing as well as singing. Dino is also famous for his popular album release, mainly successful in home country, Croatia. The album, known as No.1 was popular amongst the younger people in Europe, but his success has made it even more popular.


In June 2005, Dino performed as a guest star at the Langeland Music Festival next to Ronan Keating and UB40 in Denmark – the same country in which he had won the JESC two years earlier. The same year in November, his sister Lorena represented Croatia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2005 performing "Rock Baby". Dino accompanied her as moral support.


In 2008 he took part at CMC festival (Croatian music channel festival) with his new band. In 2009, Dino started recording new album in Melbourne, Australia, with ex Joan Jett, David Bowie, Toto & Paul McCartney's producer Mark Berry but finalized it with Swedish producer Robert Ahrling in Malmo, Sweden. The album was released worldwide in August 2011, and was titled Living My Own Life. The album has various styles of music, from Orchestral ballads like Can't stand this any longer to Metal tunes like Living my own life and Get On. In 2011 Dino performed in opera Carmen with his academy. Besides his solo career, Dino also has Metal project with Under Nihilo, the one man band from Croatia, and they are currently working on their first EP called Made of Scars. Dino also performs acoustic gigs with Ivan Ivanković, guitarist from Croatia Rock band "Cota G4".

Dino is influenced by bands such as Whitesnake, Europe, Dream Theater, Toto, Bon Jovi, Gotthard, Jorn, Steelheart, Alice in Chains, Pantera, but also with pop artists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, Eagles and Chicago.


Dino was a part of a big international project in South Africa called Synkropation. The concept of the project is the album that is made of collaborations of different artists, including Dilana (who worked with Gilby Clarke, Tommy Lee, Dave Navarro, Jason Newsted), Mandoza (huge rap star in Africa), Alter Irving (country duo), Yvette Barnyard (Musical singer), Wake to wonder (altern rock band) and Dino. The album is coming out in 2013, and also Dino is working on his new solo album, which will be in Hard Rock genre, and also a side project which will be Progressive metal. There are few songs online from the upcoming album you can find ; Im hoping (colab with Louie Lixx), Walk on the otherside and Drowning me slowly.


Dino is currently lead singer of Iron maiden tribute band called Made in iron, and also of M.U.D, a progressive/heavy metal band from Zagreb, and is working on his new album.


On 7 November, Dino released Conceptual album called Prošao sam sve. It is album that is based on story of book 260 days from author Marijan Gubina, story about the boy who survived 260 days being trapped during Croatian war of independence. Album contains 9 songs in order of chapters: 01. Grad Heroja 02. Vrata Edena 03. Odlazim 04. Jos se bude mrtva sjecanja 05. Vjetar na vratima 06. Nepobjedivi 07. Gospodar Kaosa 08. Prosao sam sve 09. Ovo je moj svijet


Dino is currently working with John Macaluso (Ark/Yngwie Malmsteen/Symphony X) in new band, to be released. Also preparing new album for international market.



  • 2013: Sjaj u očima
  • 2013: Ovo je moj svijet/Livin my own life
  • 2013: Prošao sam sve/I survived (260 days)
  • 2013: Grad Heroja
  • 2014: Otkazani let
  • 2014: Walk on the otherside
  • 2015: Bad to the Bone (UPCOMING)

Studio albums[edit]


  1. ^ "Bio". dino.hr. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". junioreurovision.tv. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

None Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
María Isabel