Croatia held Hrvatski izbor za Dječju pjesmu Eurovizije tonight, the Croatian national selection for the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The final was won by Lorena Jelusic, sister of 2003 Junior Eurovision Song Contest winner Dino Jelusic, with the song Rock baby. Lorena succeeds Nika Turkovic who finished third for Croatia at last year's Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Lillehammer.
Nika Turkovic opened the show with the song Hey little boy, the English version of last year's Croatian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entry Hej mali. Thereupon the hosts Iva �ulentić and Robert Bo�ković introduced the HRT1 viewers to the ten finalists.
Kristina Jaric and Filip Ratkovic participated in last year's Croatian selections and tried their luck for the second time. Lorena Jelusic probably got some good advice from her brother Dino, who won the national final in 2003.
Vanna, who finished tenth at the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Strings of my heart, performed last year's Croatian entry Hej mali in duet with Nika Turkovic. Dino Jelusic, winner of the first Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003, and the Croatian star Davor Gobac joined them on stage to perform several songs, including Dino's winning song Ti si moja prva ljubav.
During the interval act, the viewers of HRT1 had ten minutes to vote for their favourite entries. The addition of the votes from Slavonia, Dalmacija, Istra and Central Croatia decided the outcome of the Croatian national final.
1 – 36 points | Lorena Jelusic – Rock baby (9 + 8 + 9 + 10)
2 – 31 points | Mia Maltar – Ah ta ljubav (8 + 7 + 7 + 9)
3 – 30 points | Kristina & Valentina Bralo – Plesi (7 + 9 + 8 + 6)
4 – 25 points | Lamia Belosevic & Luka Brscic – Prijateljica (6 + 6 + 6 + 7)
5 – 23 points | Kim Verson – Sretno dijete (10 + 4 + 5 + 4)
6 – 21 points | Valentina Duric & Kristina Jaric – Peti element (5 + 3 + 10 + 3)
7 – 20 points | Lucija Lucic – Mikrofon (1 + 10 + 1 + 8)
8 – 16 points | Filip Ratcovic – Mary bye, bye, bye (3 + 5 + 3 + 5)
9 – 10 points | Ana & Matea Madunic – Probudi se (4 + 2 + 2 + 2)
10 – 8 points | Sarah Posavac – San (2 + 1 + 4 + 1)
Lorena Jelusic was born on 30th May 1995 in Po�ega and is the sister of Dino, who represented Croatia in 2003. Together they live in Zagreb, where Lorena is also attending primary school.
Lorena is passionate about music and goes to the music school Vatroslav Lisinski, where she learned playing the flute and the piano. Her favourite music style is rock and pop. Lorena is a fan of Jon Bon Jovi, Oliver Dragojević and Nina Badrić and has written both music and lyrics of her song Rock baby herself.
With Lorena Jelusic, the second representative for the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is known. Earlier Norway selected Malin to sing Sommer og skolefri on 26th November in Hasselt.