Igor Cukrov

Igor Cukrov

Igor Cukrov (2009)
Background information
Birth name Igor Cukrov
Born (1984-06-06) 6 June 1984
Šibenik, SR Croatia, Yugoslavia
Origin Split, Croatia
Genres Pop, rock, pop rock, bel canto
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, television personality
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, clarinet, trumpet[1][2]
Years active 2008—present
Labels Melody Music
Associated acts Operacija trijumf

Igor Cukrov (born 6 June 1984) is a Croatian singer, musician and television personality. He came to media attention as one of sixteen contestants of talents show Operacija trijumf, Balkan version of Endemol's Star Academy. Cukrov represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 alongside Andrea Šušnjara with the song "Lijepa Tena", written by Tonči Huljić.[1][3] The song qualified to the final from the second semi-final as the jury's selected qualifier. It eventually finished in 18th place with 45 points.


Early career

Cukrov performed as the Split Festival where he was awarded a prize for best debutant and he has also gained experience as a tenor of the a cappella Cambi singers.[1]

Operacija trijumf

The Operacija trijumf is the Balkan version of Endemol's talents show Star Academy. It included the young talents from whole former SFR Yugoslavia (except Slovenia and Kosovo) – Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The show began on 29 September 2008. Cukrov showcased his singing abilities through a wide repertory, singing opera songs such as "Con te partirò" of Andrea Bocelli, but also rock songs such as "Angie" of the Rolling Stones and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" of Aerosmith. The contestants of the Operacija trijumf, including Cukrov, supported Goran Karan at his concert in Belgrade, singing "Stand by Me".[4]

Igor Cukrov was expelled on the 13th gala event, losing in telephone voting to Vukašin Brajić.[5] During the show, there were some rumors that the judge Tonči Huljić is very protective about Cukrov,[6] because he was never nominated, until the twelfth gala; Huljić later stated that expelling Cukrov was an injustice.[5]

During the Operacija trijumf, Igor Cukrov performed the following songs:

Eurovision Song Contest 2009

After the Operacija trijumf, all the contestants expressed the will to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, which was held in Moscow.[7] The Croatian OT contestants Cukrov and Ana Bebić immediately qualified for the final event.[8] The song "Lijepa Tena" was written and composed by famous Croatian musician Tonči Huljić. The Croatian final for the Eurovision Song Contest – Dora – was held on 28 February 2008, and Igor Cukrov won with the total of 30 points.[3] The song competed in the second semi-final where it won qualification for the final as the jury's selected pick. It finished in 18th place.




See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Igor Cukrov". hrt.hr. Croatian Radiotelevision. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. "Splitska veza za svjetski uspjeh". Gloria (in Croatian). 19 February 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 "Igor Cukrov wins DORA!". www.oikotimes.com. Archived from the original on 10 May 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  4. B92: Jedino Ana imala tremu Operacija trijumf, 29 December 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  5. 1 2 B92: OT Tonči Huljić: Nepravedno je što je Igor Cukrov ispao
  6. B92: Protekcija Operacija trijumf, 20 November 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  7. B92: The wish of us all is the Eurovision Song Contest Operacija trijumf, 9 January 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
  8. B92: Svima je želja „Pesma Evrovizije“ Operacija trijumf, 9 January 2009. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
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Preceded by
Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents
with Romanca
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
(with Andrea)
Succeeded by
with Lako je sve
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