Franka Batelić

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Franka Batelić
Franka Batelić 2018.jpg
Franka
Background information
Also known as Franka
Born (1992-06-07) 7 June 1992 (age 26)
Rijeka, Croatia
Origin Rabac, Croatia
Genres Pop, rock, dance
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • voice actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active 2007–present
Labels
Website franka.com.hr

Franka Batelić (born 7 June 1992), also known as Franka, is a Croatian singer-songwriter. She rose to fame as the winner of the first season of Showtime.[1] She represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Crazy".

Life and career[edit]

1992–2006: Early life and education[edit]

Franka Batelić was born on 7 June 1992 in Rijeka to Ingrid and Damir Batelić.[2] She has a younger brother Nikola who is the singer and guitarist of the Labin-based band "Storm".[3] Batelić began singing at the age of three, initially singing as a soloist with the "Minicantanti" choir and also sang in the church choir of St. Andrew Catholic parish in Rabac.[3][4] Batelić learned to play piano at the Music school, while her father thought her guitar.

After finishing elementary and high school in her hometown, Batelić spent two semesters at the Berklee College of Music, and later enrolled at the Zagreb School of Law.[5] She also attended English language course at the London South Bank University.

2007: Career beginnings[edit]

Batelić auditioned for the first series of Showtime in 2007, singing "Come saprei" by Giorgia for judges Jacques Houdek, Ivana Husar and Boris Banović.[6] Batelić won the competition on 22 December 2007 by receiving the highest amount of casted televotes in the finals.[7] As a prize, she signed a recording contract with the Hit Records record label.[8] Batelić's winner single "Ovaj dan" was released officially on 14 November 2007.[9]

2008–2013: Breakthrough and continued success[edit]

Batelić's second single, "Ruža u kamenu", produced and written by Miro Buljan, Boris Đurđević and Neno Ninčević, was released in May 2008 in Croatia.[10] It was performed at the "12th Croatian Radio Festival" in Opatija where it won the Public's Award in the Pop/Rock category by receiving the most televotes.[11] Later that year, "Ruža u kamenu" was chosen to represent Croatia at the 2008 OGAE Song Contest, an audio event organized by a network of 42 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs. She won the contest.[12]

"Pjesma za kraj" was released as Batelić's third single in January 2009.[13] The song was recorded for the Croatian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 where it finished 7th with a total of 18 points.[14] In December 2009, Batelić and her dance partner Ištvan Varga won the 4th season of Ples sa zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars.[15]

In April 2013, Franka was the opening act on the Beyoncé's concert at the Arena Zagreb, performing before 18,000 people.[16][17]

2017–present: Comeback and Eurovision Song Contest 2018[edit]

On 27 November 2017, Batelić confirmed via social media that she will release her comeback single "S tobom" on 4 December 2017.[18] The song was first played on Nives Čanović's 385 Show on Narodni radio on 4 December with Batelić interviewed live.[19] The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Sandra Mihaljević and Igor Ivanović and premiered on RTL Televizija's HR Top show on 10 December 2017.[20] It was announced on 13 February 2018 that Batelić would represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Crazy". She came in 17th in the first semi-final thus not qualifying for the grand finale.[21][22]

Activism[edit]

Batelić is an LGBT rights advocate,[23] and an animal rights activist. She was the face of the Croatian 2009 "Animal's Friend" campaign.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Batelić married her long-time boyfriend, Croatian football player Vedran Ćorluka on 21 July 2018.[25][26]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
CRO
[27]
"Ovaj dan" 2007 Non-album singles
"Ruža u kamenu" 2008
"Pjesma za kraj" 2009
"Možda volim te"
"Moje najdraže"
"Na tvojim rukama" 2010
"Crna duga" 2011
"Ne!"
"San" 2012
"Pred svima"
"Ljubav je..." 2013 19
"S tobom" 2017 3
"Crazy" 2018 2
"Kao ti i ja" 8
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Cijeli svijet"
(with AliBi)
2010 Non-album singles
"On Fire"
(with Eric Destler)
2011
"Run"
(with Eric Destler)
2012

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominee / work Result Ref.
2008 12th Croatian Radio Festival Public's Choice Ruža u kamenu Won [11]
2009 HR Top 20 New Artist of the Year Franka Batelić Won [28]
Porin Best New Artist Franka Batelić Nominated [29]
2010 Zlatna koogla Best Female Singer Franka Batelić Nominated [30]
Best Music Video Možda volim te Nominated [30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franka Batelić priprema povratak na scenu". Gloria (in Croatian). November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Franka Batelić se do zore zabavljala na maturalnom plesu". Večernji list (in Croatian). May 14, 2010. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Franka Batelić: Biografija". franka.com.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Mlada zvijezda Franka Batelić: Danju plešem, noću učim". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). November 15, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "FRANKA BATELIĆ Ekskluzivno o karijeri i vezi s Vedranom Ćorlukom". 
  6. ^ "Franka Batelić: Došlo je vrijeme da pobjegnem i kažem 'zbogom'". Story (in Croatian). August 11, 2011. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Franka Batelić Showtime". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). December 23, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Franka Batelić dobila svoj hit, pjesmu "Ruža u kamenu"". 24 sata (in Croatian). February 27, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Slavuji showtimea premijerno s vlastitim pjesma". Index.hr (in Croatian). November 15, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Franka Batelić - najslađi izazov otkad postoji reality!". Index.hr (in Croatian). May 30, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Pobijedila sam na tri natjecanja u godinu dana". Dnevnik Nove TV (in Croatian). November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Who should represent Croatia at Eurovision 2014?". wiwibloggs. August 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Poslušajte skladbu Franke Batelić s kojom planira pohod na Doru". Index.hr (in Croatian). January 24, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Franka Batelić nije pobijedila na Dori 2009" (in Croatian). Labin.com. March 1, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Franka Batelić i Ištvan Varga pobjednici su "Plesa sa zvijezdama"". Večernji list (in Croatian). December 19, 2009. Retrieved November 24, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Franka Batelić: "Beyonce mi je zahvalila što sam došla"". 
  17. ^ "Beyonce oduševila Zagreb: "Za Hrvatsku me vežu lijepe uspomene"". 
  18. ^ "Vraća se Franka Batelić, a u kojem obliku – još nije poznato!". Music Box (in Croatian). November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017. 
  19. ^ "S kim je Franki život muzika?". Narodni radio (in Croatian). December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Franka Batelić o povratku na scenu: 'Sada se mogu u potpunosti dati glazbi'". Novi list (in Croatian). December 10, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017. 
  21. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (13 February 2018). "Croatia: Franka Batelić to Lisbon!". ESCToday. 
  22. ^ Farren, Neil (13 February 2018). "Croatia: Franka Batelić to Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix. 
  23. ^ "Ljubav za sve: Poznati hrvatski glazbenici zajedničkom pjesmo pozvali na glasanje protiv". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). November 25, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Franka Batelić..." Archived from the original on October 14, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Vedran Ćorluka i Franka Batelić u novoj godini uživaju na plaži". Story (in Croatian). January 2, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2017. 
  26. ^ https://www.jutarnji.hr/spektakli/domace-zvijezde/foto-prvi-poljubac-gospode-i-gospodina-corluke-franka-i-vedran-izrekli-sudbonosno-da-na-hrvatskom-vjencanju-godine/7639704/
  27. ^ Peak positions in Croatia:
    • For "Ljubav je...": "HRTop40 Week 52 2013" (PDF) (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 24 November 2017. 
    • For "S tobom": "HRTop40 Week 04 2018" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 8 February 2018. 
    • For "Crazy": "HRTop40 Week 13 2018" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
    • For "Kao ti i ja": "HRTop40 Week 28 2018" (in Croatian). Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 15 July 2018. 
  28. ^ "Franka Batelić nada godine HrTop20" (in Croatian). Labin.com. January 5, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Dobar dio nominiranih zaobišao "Porin"" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. May 9, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  30. ^ a b "Franka Batelić nominirana za "Zlatnu kooglu"" (in Croatian). Moj.tv. February 17, 2010. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Mario Valentić & Ana Herceg
Ples sa zvijezdama winner
Season 4 (2009 with Ištvan Varga)
Succeeded by
Nera Stipičević & Damir Horvatinčić
Preceded by
Jacques Houdek
with "My Friend"
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by
[to be determined]