It’s the Eurovision selection that returns to tv screens after a 7-year break.
And with just a few days left before the big day, Croatian state broadcaster HRT has revealed the running order of Dora 2019 — Croatia’s iconic national selection for Eurovision.
Kicking things off will be the only duet of the contest Bojan Jambrosic and Danijela Pintaric, while the Istria-based rock band Manntra will close the show.
FULL DORA 2019 RUNNING ORDER
- Bojan Jambrosic and Danijela Pintaric – “Vrijeme Predaje”
- Jelena Bosancic – “Tell me”
- Kim Verson – “Nisam To Što Žele”
- Jure Brkljaca – “Ne Postojim Kad Nisi Tu”
- Beta Sudar – “Don’t Give Up”
- Lea Mijatovic – “Tebi Pripadam”
- Gelato Sisters – “Back to That Swing”
- Luka Nizetic – “Brutalero”
- Elis Lovrić – “All I Really Want”
- Domenica – “Indigo”
- Roko Blazevic – “The Dream”
- Ema Gagro – “Redemption”
- Lidija Bacic – “Tek je Pocelo”
- Lorena Bucan – “Tower of Babylon”
- Bernarda Bruno – “I Believe in True Love”
- Manntra – “In the Shadows”
The running order confirms withdrawal of opera quarter 4 tenora. One of their members represented Croatia at Eurovision 2013 with Klapa S Mora. But they pulled out last week citing organizational conflicts. Instead, the 2010 winner of Croatia’s Search for a Star Kim Verson will compete next Saturday.
While we won’t hear the songs until the live broadcast from Opatija, the second half of running order suggests it will be gripping until the very end, with several current chart toppers performing very close to each other. Mark our words: it will be a bloodbath!
Several names have already popped up as early favourites, and much to our delight, almost all of them have some kind of Eurovision/Dora history. Newcomers Roko Blazevic and Lorena Bucan had their songs written by Eurovision 2017 representative Jacques Houdek and Eurovision 1999 songwriter Tonci Huljic respectively.
Speaking to eurosong.hr, Luka Nizetic, who finished 6th in the 2005 selection, promised a brutal performance with a “pop art aesthetic” with his song “Brutalero”, which is sung in an imaginary language. His song is written by the father-son duo Branimir and Marijo Mihaljević, who previously penned Franka’s “Crazy” in 2018 but also Yugoslavia’s 1983 Eurovision entry.
Judging from music producers’ predictions, Lidija Bacic from the 2001 selection is another hot favourite for the title.
What do you make of the running order? Is your Saturday the 16th reserved for Dora only? Make sure to leave a comment down below!