The hype is real, y’all! Croatia will stage their first national selection since 2011 in just a few days time.

And yesterday Eurovision HRT revealed the snippets of all 16 entries competing in Dora.

The snippets are really short — only 20 seconds each! But that’s just enough to whet our appetites for a while.

The broadcaster won’t release the songs in full until the show, as to create more suspense on the big night. The thinking goes that a casual Eurovision viewer at home usually hears the song only once. Fair, fair!

Let’s take a look at the 16 snippets competing this Sunday.

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Posted by Eurosong HRT on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

DORA 2019: Everything you should know

Unlike in previous editions of Dora, this year HRT will give us only one night. The contest remains in the same location as in the past — that’s the coastal town of Opatija. But contrary to previous editions, it will be held in the Marino Cvetkovic sport hall, which can seat around 1, 200 people inside. That’s a small improvement from 900-person Crystal Hall (no, not the one in Baku) could host in its day.

The 50-50 combination of televote and regional jury will determine the winner. In the case of a tie, the public vote will prevail. Power to the people!

POLL: Which of the sixteen snippets is your favourite?

Who is ready to follow in the footsteps of Franka in Tel Aviv? Does anyone give you winner feels…and are there some definite non-qualifiers in the bunch? Make sure to cast a vote in our poll down below. You can vote for as many songs as you like, but you can do it only one time. Click the box next to each act you want to support before pressing submit.

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Crorh
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Crorh

Funny that noone expresses their like for The Dream as people do with Babylon/Brutalero, but still SOMEHOW the dream won. Thanks Jaques and HRT for rigging this selection. Poor Roko will he last

Lucija
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Lucija

In compare to these songs, Franka’s “Crazy” was a masterpiece. I’m from Croatia and if from hundreds of songs these were the best and selected from jury, then there is no hope for Croatian succes in ESC this year or any other year in the future and we should step back. I will watch Dora and pray that the live version of any of the songs above be decent and good. For me, Ema has potential. And Lidija, even though I can’t stand her music in general. But I hope her song could be upbeat and with some catchy chorus… Read more »

Lost in diaspora
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Lost in diaspora

Disappointing choice on first listen, the one lady sounded like Jamal’s and the rock band were dated. The only stand out was the Babylon song as it had the ethnic fantasy vibe. Overall a lot of tripe. I doubt our Eurovision winner is here.

willchrisiam
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willchrisiam

Montenegro had 1 entry to fight for top 5 placing. Slovenia has 2 entries to fight for top 10 finish. Serbia has 2 entries to fight for top 15. Croatia on the other hand seems to be content with top 20…

Acrobat
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Acrobat

I know these are just snippets, but man, Brutalero and Tower Of Babylon! These were the ones that immediately drew me in.

Brexit Queen Young and Sweet Only 17
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Brexit Queen Young and Sweet Only 17

Outlandishly awkard selection

Lost in diaspora
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Lost in diaspora

Your user name is distressing

Apple
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Apple

Okay seriously I need the full version of Tower of Babylon ASAP

Colin
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Colin

People, let’s be honest here – These snippets are way too short to know anything for sure. Some songs sound more promising than others, but actually who knows who will be the best one on Saturday.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

You are generally totally right. ButI know one act that will definitely not be the best. That picture someone posted below speaks louder than the already cheesy snippet. I was in a café when i saw it and I couldn’t contain myself. Not even a little.

Colin
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Colin

I agree, the costume (if actually the final one) looks cheesy and funny. Still, you might be forgetting that sometimes some of the better ESC songs had awful costumes and/or staging. (e. i. Lighthouse, Wild Soul, Dance Alone) Also, some were deliberately over-the-top. Awful, but spot-on. (e.i. Jedward). However, if this is not a joke entry, than that possibility is less probable.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Even if we disregard the costume for a second, “I have a dream” lyrics make me cringe. I mean, the costume is actually spot on for what I think the song will turn out to be. We’ll see in two days. There are a number of hopeful candidates.

Colin
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Colin

For what I’ve heard, we just have a case of standard ESC lyrics. Nothing to write home about, but far from cringe. As someone mentioned, on pair with Kasia Mos. And we all know how she ”didn’t” qualify for that. Actually, half of Beovizija has way more cringeworthy lyrics, but people don’t understand them, so they just vote for the catchy tune.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Even not understanding the lyrics often doesn’t hide the dullness from me. Like Macedonia 2016. I don’t speak any Slavic language but I have heard enough Macedonian songs to understand that Kaliopi wrote something really weak and uninspired, so I stopped enjoying it even before reading the translation which confirmed my impression.

Colin
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Colin

Ha ha… I agree with you on Dona, it was a weak song. I’m not saying this one is good either, I’m just saying that the very beggining sounds potentially promising.

Apple
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Apple

I do agree, but the snippets are enough to let us know which ones we are most excited to hear in full

Milye
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Milye

Everything sounds weak to me. Sorry.. Lorena and Luka are only ones that have a chance to qualify.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I was gonna party on Saturday but I gotta get some time in to watch this NF. This ridiculous angel costume has me laughing so hard, I’m probably gonna cry tears of laughter watching this performance. As long as it doesn’t win. lol

brennan
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brennan

uhhhh nothing stood out to me

RockMe
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RockMe

I am voting for Luka.Roko – HVALA, NE

BRU TA LE ROO
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BRU TA LE ROO

Moramo glasat za Luku! On je jedini izbor.

Matthew
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Matthew

First of all Luka’s song sounds like Muerdéme (maybe that’s just me) and with potentially Bella Santiago and already chosen Miki, this will just blend in and that’s not what Croatia wants.
Secondly as ethnic as Lorena’s song is, something is telling me they’re going to botch up her stageshow and bring it back to the 12th Century.
And finally, how are y’all not liking Kim Verson and her Orgesa Zaimi realness?

Pasadena
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Pasadena

Roko sounds like David D’or’s To Believe for Israel in 2004.

Duba
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Duba

Much better.
I had a chance to hear the song. The Dream is the potential to win Eurovision Song Contest.

esc stan
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esc stan

Duba you’re delusional, this will be a joke entry if it goes to eurovision.

Duba
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Duba

That’s your opinion. I’ve been watching the Eurosong since 1998. My opinion is that the song has the potential to win.

RockMe
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RockMe

The potential to win Barbara Dex award.

esc stan
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esc stan

Dubacomment image this is a joke

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

lmao why am I laughing at this so much??

123
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123

yes its cheesy, but still, lets wait and see the whole thing and THEN we can judge

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Someone was inspired by Azerbaijan 2008, it seems.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

LOL omg what poor soul thought this was a good idea, let alone in the year of 2019 when Eurovision has started to become less of a joke? Thanks for the giggles though.

Dom
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Dom

You only heard 15 seconds of the song’s beginning so….

Ivan
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Ivan

Roko, Lorena or Luka

Joe
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Joe

Here’s some interesting news from another selection: Monika Marija has said not to vote for Criminal so that Light On is her only song in the final. I get it: the two could cancel out and she obviously prefers that one (and so do I!)

Joe
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Joe

And, even bigger: in less than an hour, Greece will reveal their Eurovision participant (AT LAST!). I hope it’s Katerine Duska, as the rumor suggest.

J.S.M
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J.S.M

Where did you get this Information and where will it be revealed?

Joe
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Joe

Another site that starts with a Euro and ends in a voix. They said 20:00 and the Wikipedia article has already been updated to say it’s Katerine Duska.

Joe
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Joe

And that was taken away. So who knows?

Tajikistan
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Tajikistan

Surely it’s not too late for her to withdraw Criminal? Inevitably she’s on track to split her televotes

Joe
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Joe

You think she’d get fined, like Sasha Song was?

Colin
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Colin

No, because she didn’t officially withdraw Criminal. She simply gave instructions to fans and the jury to let it go, so the televote in the finals wouldn’t be split. There is still a decent chance that fans and juries will not listen to that and that Criminal will qualify. There is now a lesser chance that she’ll win the semi, but she still might get through.

Duba
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Duba

Roko has a song that will compete for Eurovision victory.
Magical song.

Sasko
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Sasko

SERGEEEEY

hi guys
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hi guys

why do people like roko? it’s awful lmao, the lyrics are so cringe and cheesy

MaH
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MaH

The internet fanbase…

esc stan
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esc stan

Jacques and Roko are sending their fans to spam vote on the poll
half of those people didn’t even hear the other songs smh
Just pretend he doesn’t even exist on the poll, Luka and Lorena are much better than him

Colin
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Colin

Really? Roko’s lyrics are under inspection when one of the fan-favorites has a song which consists of random pseudo-Spanish words?

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I’m sorry Colin, but Roko’s lyrics are rubbish.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Well, “dream-extreme-seem” isn’t the most sophisticated kind of rhyming – it brings back memories of Kasia Mos’ “fire-wire-desire”.

123
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123

guys, just keep in mind that Luka put the chorus in the snippet while some others like Lorena or Roko put the beginning of the song so I wouldn’t be surprised if everyones top 16 completely changes after Saturday…

Lisa
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Lisa

Tower of babylon is so cringy I can‘t, dislike this comment as much as u want boo

Tedi
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Tedi

I would put my bet on Lorena or Roko. I see both of them high in the Finals. I would prefer Lorena! Her songs seems so dramatic and mysterious and I’m intrigued! She can take this song to the whole new level with EPIC performance! Can’t wait for Saturday!!!!!

James
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James

Roko and Lorena are the only ones with a real chance.

VincentBoi
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The mello snippets are out now!

Sabrina
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Sabrina

It’s hard to make assumptions based on the snippets, but Lorena’s “Tower of Babylon” is the one making me curious.

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Redemption and Brutalera all the way, but there are other songs in there that could be nice winners. I hope Croatia doesn’t mess up like Montenegro:

Mark
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Mark

Doesn’t matter which song they send, it’ll still be better than Albania, Czech Republic, France, Montenegro and United Kingdom

Milye
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Milye

Better then Czech Republic and Montenegro yes but others not. It’s a weak NF

Rose
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Rose

I think Albania’s really good and Czech Republic is OK. The rest I agree with.

Nikko
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Nikko

Manntra’s song sounds like a hard rock cover of Florina’s “In the Shadows” from Destination Eurovision 😀

nemi
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nemi

Very good choices, I hope Croatia to place high this year. Personally my top 3 are:
1. Luka Nizetic
2. Lidija Bacic
3. Roko Blaževic

lolspain
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lolspain

Looks like Dora 2019 is stuck in the mid 2000’s.

esc stan
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esc stan

Still an improvement, past Dora’s were stuck in the 90’s

uzhas
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uzhas

90’s Eurovision songs are better than 00’s Eurovision songs, so it’s not an improvement. In fact, 2000’s is the worst decade of ESC, in terms of music

Francesca Beluggo
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Francesca Beluggo

OMG please if Luka does win, please when he says ”fusballero” (?) make him have an actual football in his hand. That goes so hand-in-hand with their World Cup achievement haha and Im sure Croatia would love that

malau
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malau

this!

NickC
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NickC

I really like this selection. Best of balkans, unless Slovenia chooses Kim….

VELIKA
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VELIKA

rejects galore

Polegend Godgarina
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brutalero, tower of babylon, i believe in true love n redemption were the ones that stood out the most for me

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

None, sorry

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Nice selection you’re having Croatia! I really enjoy most of the songs, it’s going to be a diversed show. I guess “Tower of Babylon” to me sounds the most promising – I really like it’s oriental vibe – kinda Turkey 1997, Croatia 1999 or… the theme tune of Eurovision 2012. Good luck, Hrvatska!

esc stan
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esc stan

1.Luka
2.Lea
3.Beta

Colin
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Colin

It’s really hard to say from the snippets alone, because they are SO short, but I feel like Roko, Lorena and Jure have potentially really good songs. They are the ones I might vote for on Saturday. I get why people noted Luka’s song (It’s very different), but feels just really nonsensical from the snippet. I am sure Kim Verson will have a great live, but I am not that intrigued by her song. Lidija Bacic will probably serve us another cajka (look at my Serbian reviews to find out what that is).

esc stan
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esc stan

Croats dislike Jure because he ripped off Oliver Dragojevic to a tee
Don’t give him recognition

Colin
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Colin

I am a Croat and of course I do recognize the style. So what, it’s a good style and a tribute to a great man. I’d rather have that than something of a lesser quality.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The first snippet. But 20 seconds are nothing. Bernarda could be good if the lyrics don’t turn out to be too bad. Her entry about god in the Swiss NF a couple of years ago was dreadful.

Dime
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Dime

The one and only original music snippet comes by JELENA BOSANCIC – TELL ME, hopefully the rest will grow

Mufasa
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Mufasa

I really like, the Dream this sounds very promising. Can’t wait to hear tower of Babylon and brutalero ??? But a very good selection!! Better than Serbia and Ema this year

Roma
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Roma

It’s hard to say something based on such short snippets but I think that I kind of liked the snippets of Roko, Lorena and Luka.

oh my
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oh my

I feel sorry for Croatia this year.

Jake
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Jake

Why, this is very decent NF based on this snippets.

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

I am also happy for this final. GREAT to have the first Dora since 2011. Missed them

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

Would be great if they go for rock and “In the Shadows” 🙂 Many nice songs