Last month, Croatia‘s broadcaster HRT confirmed that it would revive its national final format Dora for 2019. Few details were confirmed, but now Croatian media is reporting that Dora 2019 will involve three gala nights, held in the town of Opatija.
Croatian newspaper Jutarnji has claimed that the show will be based around three gala shows. On each night, a different style of music will be featured, with the national final held on the third night.
The first night will start with chansons and serenades, which the newspaper says will take audiences back to the old times. The second evening will feature the HRT Symphony Orchestra. They will perform a selection of Dora classics, but given a contemporary flavour.
And finally, the third night will be Croatia’s national final for Eurovision 2019. Jutarnji doesn’t reveal much, but they do say that a jury vote will be involved as well as a public vote.
Last month HRT confirmed that the national final will be held in the resort town of Optaija, the traditional home of Dora. While not all previous Dora shows have been hosted in Opatija, the town has an iconic association with Dora, much like Sanremo for Italy.
Jutarnji claims that HRT’s director-general Kazimir Bačić has recently paid a visit to Optaija, to arrange details with the city.
Dora and the Eurovision Song Contest
Dora was launched in 1993 to select Croatia’s first Eurovision entry as an independent nation. The national final was used consistently from 1993 to 2011.
Daria Kinzer was the last Dora winner to go to Eurovision. Her song “Celebrate” placed only 15th in the Düsseldorf semi-final.
In 2012 and 2013, HRT internally selected their acts for Eurovision. However, neither Nina Badric nor Klapa s Mora qualified for the grand final.
Earlier this year in Lisbon, Croatia was represented by Franka, who was internally selected. With her song “Crazy”, she finished in 17th place in the semi-final. Fans have noticed that Franka has a tattoo on her wrist with the Sanskrit word for “dream”. Could this be a sign that her dream will continue in Tel Aviv?
What do you think? Should Croatia use Dora as a three-night festival? Who would you like to see competing in the national final? Let us know in the comment section below!