Back in October, with Croatia’s participation at Eurovision 2019 having just been confirmed, the country’s broadcaster HRT revealed that they would bring back their national selection Dora. And this morning — during a press conference streamed live on social media — the broadcaster confirmed a few more details.
It was a star-studded affair and a show of unity between the broadcaster and the country’s Eurovision alumni. Past Croatian participants — including Franka, Jacques Houdek, Tony Cetinski, Feminem and Kraljevi Ulice — all turned up and turned out. Get it, guys!
The broadcaster has formally made an agreement with the resort town of Opatija to host the national selection there. It will be held in the Marino Cvjetković Sports Hall on February 16, with two themed nights before that date. The organisers from Opatija have stated that they hope the contest will continue taking place in the stunning town, as they fought hard to woo HRT.
Currently, the broadcaster is accepting song submissions with the deadline of 10th of January 2019. The act must be a citizen of Croatia but the songwriter(s) can be of any nationality. The lyrics must only be in Croatian, English, French or Italian. Sorry to all you Thai and Tagalog speakers!
Furthermore, sixteen songs and two reserved entries will be shortlisted from the list of submissions by a professional jury to participate in Dora 2019. The jury will include representatives of HGU (the Croatian Musicians Union), HDS (Croatian Society of Composers), HRT, music critics, singers with experience at Eurovision, composers and songwriters selected by HRT. They will judge the submissions based on their merits and artistic value.
During the live broadcast, the winning song will be chosen by the televoting public and a jury.
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 and gave Croatia six top-ten finishes.
From 2012 onwards, Croatian acts have been internally selected by the broadcaster, with mixed results. While the five internally selected acts have qualified for the grand final only two times, they have delivered good performances.
Nina Kraljic made it to the grand final in Stockholm and placed 23rd, while in 2017 Jacques Houdek took home an impressive 13th place — Croatia’s best Eurovision result in more than a decade.
Houdek had competed at Dora six times previously, but ironically the year he finally went to Eurovision was as a result of internal selection.
Earlier this year in Lisbon, Croatia was represented by Franka. With her song “Crazy”, she finished in 17th place in the semi-final.
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