Today the rehearsals for Eurovision 2023 have kicked off in Liverpool. Countries rehearsing on Day 1 include Norway, Malta, Serbia, Latvia, Portugal, Ireland, Croatia, Switzerland, Moldova and Sweden. Seventh to rehearse today is Croatia’s Let 3.
Let 3’s first rehearsal
Seventh to take to the Eurovision 2023 stage at Liverpool Arena in Liverpool was Croatia’s Let 3. They will be competing in this year’s competition with their entry “Mama ŠČ!” following their win in the Croatian selection ‘Dora 2023’.
Following Let 3’s first rehearsal a clip of what went on was posted on the official TikTok account of the Eurovision Song Contest. The clip showed Let 3 before and after they took to the Eurovision stage for the first time, as well as giving us some insight into how well their first rehearsal went.
What did we learn about Let 3’s staging?
According to the Eurovision 2023 liveblog, Let 3’s performance contains all the elements of their winning DORA performance. The colour scheme for the performance has remained the same, filled with neon red lights with flashes of orange and yellow. Changes have been made to the background to include the band’s faces. The iconic reincarnation of Lenin returns with giant pyros shooting from his nuclear-decorated rocket missiles.
What we thought of Croatia’s first rehearsal
After Let 3’s first rehearsal Tim gave his initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw.
Who are Let 3?
Let 3 is a five-piece band, originally formed in the Croatian city of Rijeka. The band is made up of Damir Martinović, Zoran Prodanović, Ivan Bojčić, Dražen Baljak and Matej Zec. Let 3 is one of the most well-known bands in Croatia, forming in the late 1980s. The band is known for its shocking performances, which often involve satire and nudity. Throughout their career, the band has released ten albums – each to critical acclaim within Croatia. Their song for Eurovision 2023 – which came after winning Dora 2023 – is called “Mama ŠČ!”. The song is written by Damir Martinović and Zoran Prodanović.
Croatia’s Eurovision journey
Croatia has been a part of the Eurovision family since 1961, as part of Yugoslavia. Ten Croatian artists went on to represent Yugoslavia in the Contest – the most famous of which being Riva, who gave Yugoslavia its only win in 1989. The 1990 Contest was held in Zagreb as a tribute to their Croatian heritage.
Croatia debuted in the Contest as an independent nation in 1993 with the band Put and their song “Don’t Ever Cry”. Since then, Croatia has gone on to score as high as 4th place in 1996 and 1999. Last year, Mia Dimšić won Dora 2022 to represent Croatia at the Contest in Turin with her song “Guilty Pleasure”. However, at the close of voting, Mia failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 11th place with a total of 75 points.
What do you think of “Mama ŠČ!”? Can Let 3 bring Eurovision to Croatia? Let us know your thoughts! Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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