Artist 101: Franka

Croatia's representative for Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Franka.

This Artist 101 guide contains everything you need to know about Croatia’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Franka.

Who is Franka?

Franka Bateli, better known by just her first name, is a Croatian singer-songwriter who started a career in the spotlight by winning the first season of Showtime. Showtime is the Croatian equivalent to The X Factor or American Idol so you can imagine how much of a big deal she is in her home country.

The singer-songwriter was born in the Rijeka area of Croatia to parents Ingrid and Damir Bateli. She has a younger brother named Nikola who is the guitarist of a Labin-based band going by the name of ‘Storm’. Bateli first started singing at the age of three when she was a soloist in the Minicantanti choir and also sang in Rabac’s St. Andrew Catholic Parish Church Choir.

To pursue a singing career, Franka spent several semesters at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts yet later enrolled at the Zagreb School of Law in her home country. It wouldn’t be until 2007 when she would get her big break by winning the first season of Showtime. Following her win, the singer-songwriter signed to Croatian music label Hit Records and embarked on becoming a singing sensation in her home country.

You can listen to a Showtime performance from Franka below:


When is her birthday?

The Croatian singer-songwriter was born on 7th June 1992, making her 25 years old.

What is Franka’s most popular song?

Although she has had success with singles in her home country, her Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry, ‘Crazy’ is or will be her most popular single to date. Especially if she wins the contest!

What are Franka’s social media handles?





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Written by Dominic Beck

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