Eurovision 2022 Croatia profile: 'Guilty Pleasure' by Mia Dimšić
Croatia in Eurovision
Croatia made their debut at Eurovision back in 1993. They have competed in 26 Contests and making the Grand Finals in 18 of them. Their best placed entries finished in 4th place, 'Sveta ljubav' by Maja Blagdan in 1996 and 'Marija Magdalena' Doris Dragović in 1999. The last time Croatia made it to the Eurovision Grand Final was in Kyiv at Eurovision 2017 with Jacques Houdek's entry 'My Friend'. It finished in 13th place.
2022 Entry: Mia Dimšić - 'Guilty Pleasure'
Semi-final: Mia Dimšić will compete from position 11 in semi-final 1
My Eurovision Scoreboard ranking: 35th
Odds to win ranking: 25th
(Rankings as of 21 April 2022)
About the artist
Mia is a 29-year-old singer from Osijek, which is the fourth-largest city in Croatia. She started her music career in 2014, when tamburitza band Džentlmeni invited her to accompany them during their tour of the US and Canada.
She started writing her own music being influences by pop, folk and country artists Norah Jones, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift. Mia has seen huge success with her music releases in Croatia. She has two No.1 albums in her pocket and a Christmas album that reached No. 2 on the Croatian album chart. Mia also has six No.1 singles in Croatia as well.
About the song
'Guilty Pleasure' was written by Mia during the winter while in lockdown due to the Covid pandemic. Mia also collaborated with Damir Bačić and Vjekoslav Dimter for the song.
The song came about after Mia had a dream about a certain person five nights in a row and she was in a committed relationship at the time and she felt tremendous guilt. The song about her struggles with the situation and dilemma she faced.
Mia has mentioned that the song's intention isn't about cheating in a relationship, it's more about having a fantasy about someone else while you're in a relationship.
How she was chosen for Eurovision
Mia earned the opportunity to represent Croatia at Eurovision after winning the long-running national final Dora run by the Croatian broadcaster HRT.
She competed with her entry 'Guilty Pleasure' and won both the jury and public votes. She was selected from a field of fourteen competing songs.
The 29-year-old singer has been in the music industry for almost eight years, but this marked her first participation at Dora and she beat out some tough competition from favourites of previous years including Mia Negovetić, Bernarda, and Eric Vidović.
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Croatia will compete in semi-final 1 on May 10 (European time) in Turin.