Dino Jelusić

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Dino Jelusic
Dino Jelusic at Slavianski bazar 2014.jpg
Dino Jelusic at Slavianski Bazaar in 2014
Background information
Also known as Dino
Born (1992-06-04) 4 June 1992 (age 24)
Požega, Croatia
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Associated acts Trans-Siberian Orchestra
John Macaluso
Animal Drive
Crno Perje
The Ralph
Muris Varajic
Zoran Misic
Divlje Jagode

Dino Jelusić (born 4 June 1992) is a Croatian rock singer, musician and songwriter. He is the lead singer in the band called Animal Drive. In 2016. he entered Grammy Awarded American band Trans-Siberian Orchestra along with Mats Leven. Dino also works with John Macaluso (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark). He was the winner of the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place in Copenhagen on 15 November 2003.[1]



Since he was born in Požega on 4 June 1992 Dino lives in Zagreb. He has performed since he was very young, appearing in a lot of stages and festivals from 1998.

From 1998 to 2003 he won 10 international festivals in Egypt, Spain, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy and Romania.


In 2003, Dino participated in the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ti si moja prva ljubav" and won with 134 points, leaving Spain in the second place with 125 points.

He released worldwide his first album No. 1 in 2004 and toured America, Denmark and Australia in 2004-2005. In 2004 he became the youngest nominee of Croatian music award Porin (nagrada) at the age of 12. In 2005. he was one of the three main acts on Langeland festival in Denmark along with UB40 and Ronan Keating. He had collaboration concerts in Croatia along with the Croatian biggest bands such as Parni Valjak, Gibonni, Prljavo Kazalište and so on.


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 where he started his rock orientated career.


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 (African rap artist), Alter Irving, Yvette Barnyard, Wake to wonder and Dino. The album is still in process of mixing. In 2016 Mandoza died from cancer, so the collaboration Mandoza/Dino Jelusic will be released posthumously. In 2013, Dino entered Iron Maiden tribute band called Made In Iron. They toured from 2013-2015. ane then split up. In 2014. Dino won 2nd place on Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk. After that festival Dino started having problems with his throat, and went to see doctor in July 2014, and in september he went under surgery, for Reinke's edema. During his vocal problems, he recorded first album of his own, composed by himself, and did 3 months of rest. 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 10 year old boy who survived 260 days being trapped during Croatian war of independence. He came back with the new single Walk On The Otherside. in the early 2015. John Macaluso was looking for a singer and keyboardist in his new band, and hired Dino. The album is waiting to be released. Dino is currently performing with his band Animal Drive. The band is Hard Rock/Heavy/Progressive Metal based band, mostly influenced by Alice In Chains, Gotthard, Pantera, Zakk Wylde, Whitesnake, Dream Theater and Pink Floyd.

Dino is also member of Metalcore band The Ralph preparing their first LP called Enter Escape which will be released by the end of 2016.

Dino won New Wave in Sochi, Russia and released two singles: Had Enough & Father. His band Animal Drive are about to release their first EP and soon LP. He also took part in Trans-Siberian Orchestra for the 2016 winter tour.


Animal Drive[edit]

  • 2018: TBA

With other artists[edit]

  • 2016: Jeff Scott Soto - Give in to me - single (backing vocals)
  • 2017: The Ralph - Enter Escape
  • 2017: Chaos Addict - Sacrament of hope (guest vocals)


  • 2004 - No.1
  • 2011 - Living my own life
  • 2014 - Prosao sam sve


  1. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". junioreurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Debut Entry
Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Nika Turković
with "Hej mali"
Preceded by
Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Spain María Isabel
with "Antes Muerta que Sencilla"