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

  1. Bojan Jambrosic and Danijela Pintaric – “Vrijeme Predaje”
  2. Jelena Bosancic – “Tell me”
  3. Kim Verson – “Nisam To Što Žele”
  4. Jure Brkljaca – “Ne Postojim Kad Nisi Tu”
  5. Beta Sudar – “Don’t Give Up”
  6. Lea Mijatovic – “Tebi Pripadam”
  7. Gelato Sisters – “Back to That Swing”
  8. Luka Nizetic – “Brutalero”
  9. Elis Lovrić – “All I Really Want”
  10. Domenica – “Indigo”
  11. Roko Blazevic – “The Dream”
  12. Ema Gagro – “Redemption”
  13. Lidija Bacic – “Tek je Pocelo”
  14. Lorena Bucan – “Tower of Babylon”
  15. Bernarda Bruno – “I Believe in True Love”
  16. 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!

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Denis

HRT is attempting to be MF of the south and I’m all here for it!

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HRT hinted to releasing 30 second snippets of rehearsals as well, see you next week Croatia
Good luck

Dkm
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Dkm

Where did you find that information?

Johnny
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Johnny

It came from HRT. We will have snippets next week. HRT has decided to invest more money in entertainment so Dora will have big production. Around 1500 people will be in crowd in Opatija Sports Hall ( https://www.opatija21.hr/dvorana/dvorana-foto ) which will be turned into big TV studio. There is big interest and buzz in Croatia for this show! Everythung is looking very, very promising! I will be in Opatija that Feb, 16th watching live in the arena. Cant wait! Greetings from Zagreb 😀

Antonio
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Antonio

Johnny, it came from HRT but where? Do you have a source? When did HRT say this?

Johnny
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Johnny

Ursula Tolj, Dora 2019 main editor, said it with hint that HRT is preparing a lot of surprises. Also, on Friday, Feb 8th 17:20 on HRT1 you can watch special talk show dedicated to Dora.

Jothefan
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Juna
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Juna

I don‘t get the whole ‘not allowed to hear the songs until the actual show’ thing

James
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James

To build up hype and suspense. That is if producers believe they have a strong set of songs to present that’s better to be heard first live.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I’m very curious about this one. I have never watched a HRT before do they have a good live stream available to foreigners?
Imaginary languages usually make me cringe, but I will withhold judgement until I hear Luka’s song. I actually kind of liked Sanomi, Belgium 2003. Belgium 2008 on the other hand was abysmal.

MarkoH
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MarkoH

Try downloading HRTi app and sign in as a guest to watch the livestream.

Jack
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Jack

This is the first national selection(not talent show based) from Croatia since 2010, I look forward to hearing all 16 songs with an open mind and good luck to all participants!

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wtf no mention of skinny legend and the winner of Eurovision 2019 Domenica? unforgivable sin
#VelaLuka2020 #hatersgonnahate #saynotojealousy

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

in addition, Croatia will have a voting system, with Melodifestivalen . But my heart will be torn between Slovenia Ema and Croatia Dora