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By Pete Devine

The Croatian singer representing her county this year could be one of the surprise packages.

The 24-year-old Franka will appear in the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final with the song 'Crazy'.

She started singing aged just three, as the soloist in the Minicantanti Choir and during her junior years performed at festivals both at home and abroad.

During those formative years in her home town of Rabac, she joined the St Andrija church choir where she was recognised for her outstanding vocals and as a result sang also as soloist at Christian music festivals. 

As well as being able to play the piano she can also play guitar.

She studied music performance and song writing at Berklee College of Music in Boston. 

She is currently studying law at the University of Zagreb. 

Franka rose to fame in her native country when she won Showtime in 2007, a TV show similar to Pop Idol. 

In December 2009, Franka won Ples sa zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars with dance partner Ištvan Varga

In 2011, Franka was featured on the songs On Fire and Run, where she enjoyed success outside of Croatia. 

She tried to win the Croatian national selection for Eurovision through Dora in both 2009 and 2010 before finally winning this year's nomination.

After a break from music, she came back home at the end of 2017 and wrote the lyrics of her entry Crazy. 

She says "When I was two years old, I was standing in front of our TV set holding a remote control instead of a microphone singing the lyrics of Tony Cetinski's, Nek' ti bude ljubav sva from Eurovision 1994. 

"That girl never stopped dreaming and now the dream is coming true!" 

She tried to win the Croatian national selection for Eurovision, Dora, in 2009 and 2010 before finally winning this year's nomination.

Previous Years

2017 - Jacques Houdek "My Friend"

2016 - Nina Kraljic "Lighthouse" - 23rd place (73 points)

2015 - Did not take part

2014 - Did not take part

2013 - Klapa s Mora "Mizerja" - Failed to qualify to final

2012 - Nina Badric "Nebo" - Failed to qualify to final

2011 - Daria Kinzer "Celebrate" - Failed to qualify to final

2010 - Feminnem "Lako je sve" - Failed to qualify to final

2009 - Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Susnjara "Lijepa Tena" - 18th (45 points)

2008 - Kraljevi Ulice & 75 Cents "Romanca" - 21st (44 points)

2007 - Dragonfly feat. Dado Topic "Vjerujem u ljubav" - Failed to qualify for final

2006 - Severina "Moja stikla" - 12th (56 points)

2005 - Boris Novkovic feat. Lado "Vukovi umiru sami" - 11th (115 points)

2004 - Ivan Mikulic "You Are The Only One" - 12th (50 points)

2003 - Claudia Beni "Vise nisam tvoja" - 15th (29 points)

2002 - Vesna Pisarovic "Everything I Want" - 11th (44 points)

2001 - Vanna "Srings of My Heart" - 10th (42 points)

2000 - Goran Karan "Kad zaspu andeli" - 9th (70 points)

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