Franka Batelić

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".

Franka Batelić
Franka Batelić in 2018
Franka Batelić in 2018
Background information
Born (1992-06-07) 7 June 1992 (age 30)
Rijeka, Croatia
OriginRabac, Croatia
GenresPop, rock, dance
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • voice actress
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Years active2007–present
Labels
Websitefranka.com.hr

Life and careerEdit

1992–2006: Early life and educationEdit

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 beginningsEdit

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 number of cast 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 successEdit

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 in front of 18,000 people.[16][17] In November 2013, Franka released the single "Ljubav je" whose lyrics were signed by one of the most performed and awarded Croatian pop musician-songwriter Antonija Šola. "Ljubav je" was the first Franka's single to appear on the Croatian national HR Top40 list.[18]

2017–2018: Comeback, Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and S tobomEdit

On 27 November 2017, Batelić confirmed via social media that she will release her comeback single "S tobom" on 4 December 2017.[19] The song was first played on Nives Čanović's 385 Show on Narodni radio on 4 December with Batelić interviewed live.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22][23]

Batelić's debut studio album S tobom was released on 6 December 2018 and peaked at number 19 on the Top of the Shops albums chart in Croatia.[24] The album's third single, "Kao ti i ja", was released in June.[25] Its fourth single "Ti mi nosiš sreću" was released in October, while the fifth single "Tajno" was released in December.[26]

2019–present: Second studio albumEdit

On 17 June 2019 Betelić released "Ljubav, ništa više" as the first single from her upcoming second studio album.[27] In October "Sve dok sanjaš" was released as the album's second single.[28] "Sve dok sanjaš" debuted at number two on the HR Top 40, eventually peaking at number one, becoming Batelić's first chart topping single in Croatia.[29][30] She performed the song at the 2020 Cesarica Awards and won the "Song of the Year" award with it.[31]

ActivismEdit

Batelić is an LGBT rights advocate,[32] and an animal rights activist. She was the face of the Croatian 2009 "Animal's Friend" campaign.[33]

Personal lifeEdit

Batelić married her long-time boyfriend, Croatian football player, Vedran Ćorluka, on 21 July 2018.[34][35] In August 2019, Batelić announced that she and Ćorluka were expecting their first child.[36] In January 2020, she gave birth to their son, Viktor Ćorluka.[37]

DiscographyEdit

  • S tobom (2018)

Awards and nominationsEdit

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 [38]
Porin Best New Artist Franka Batelić Nominated [39]
2010 Zlatna koogla Best Female Singer Franka Batelić Nominated [40]
Best Music Video Možda volim te Nominated [40]
2018 Cesarica Song of the Year S tobom Nominated [41]
Kao ti i ja Nominated
2019 Ljubav, ništa više Nominated [42]
Sve dok sanjaš Won [31]
Pop Hit of the Year Won
2nd Music Awards Ceremony Music Video of the Year Ljubav, ništa više Nominated [43]
TOP.HR Music Awards Female Artist of the Year Franka Batelić Won [44]
2020 Cesarica Song of the Year "Prvi osjećaj" Nominated [45]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Franka Batelić se do zore zabavljala na maturalnom plesu". Večernji list (in Croatian). 14 May 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
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  4. ^ "Mlada zvijezda Franka Batelić: Danju plešem, noću učim". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). 15 November 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
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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 Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
2018
Succeeded by