Neka mi ne svane

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Croatia "Neka mi ne svane"
Eurovision Song Contest 1998 entry
Country Croatia
Artist(s) Danijela
Language Croatian
Composer(s) Petar Grašo,
Stjepan Kalogjera,
Remi Kazinotti
Lyricist(s) Petar Grašo,
Stjepan Kalogjera,
Remi Kazinotti
Conductor Stipica Kalogjera
Finals performance
Final result 5th
Final points 131
Appearance chronology
◄ "Probudi me" (1997)   
"Marija Magdalena" (1999) ►

"Neka mi ne svane" ("May the dawn never come") was the Croatian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1998,[1] performed in Croatian[2] by Danijela.

The song was performed first on the night, preceding Greece's Thalassa with "Mia Krifi Evesthisia". At the close of voting, it had received 131 points, placing 5th in a field of 25.

The song is a dramatic ballad, often described as the archetypal "Balkan Ballad" by fans, with Danijela wishing that she will "cease to exist" rather than live another day without her lover. The song begins quietly, with only Danijela's voice heard, but swells to a climax with backing vocals and light instrumentation. Memorable in her performance is when Danijela removes the black cape she wears to reveal the white evening dress beneath it and the audience starts to applause.

It is generally regarded as one of the stronger entries from the successor states of Yugoslavia.

It was succeeded as Croatian representative at the 1999 Contest by Doris with "Marija Magdalena".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neka Mi Ne Svane". Moopy Eurovision forum. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Neka mi ne svane". Diggiloo Thrush. Retrieved 2008-04-22.