Tonight was the turn of Croatia to select their representative for Tel Aviv, with their national selection show Dora. Held in the resort town of Opatija, sixteen acts took to the stage. Ultimately only one could prevail though – and that was Roko Blažević with “The Dream”!
Roko gave an astounding vocal performance, whilst adorned with angel wings. The Dream was memorable and impactful, which definitely helped them connect with both the televoters and the jury members.
Roko Blažević – “The Dream”
Written by Eurovision star Jacques Houdek and with lyrics by Charlie Mason (who penned “Rise Like a Phoenix”), “The Dream” is performed in both English and Croatian. Roko performs in the second half of the second semi final of Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv
The show opened with the country’s last year representative for Eurovision, Franka who sang a medley of her songs including her Eurovision song “Crazy”. Then we were introduced to the hosts of the show: Mirko Fodor, Jelena Glišić and Iva Šulentić.
The twentieth edition of Dora – the first one in eight years – saw sixteen songs battle it out to win. The winner was determined by a 50/50 combination of points awarded by regional juries (from ten different major cities of Croatia) and from the public televote.
Whilst the Croatian public had a chance to have their say, we were treated to an array of performances. Teen sensation singer Mia Negovetić and Junior Eurovision 2003 winner Dino Jelusić sang a medley of past Croatian Eurovision songs.
When the voting ended and the votes were being collated, we were treated to a performance by group Sudar Percussion. Finally, we had a medley performance from Vanna, who represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen
Dora 2019 – Results
The jury votes came first, with each major Croatian city represented. The jury vote winner was Roko and “The Dream”, with second going to Lorena Bućan’s “Tower of Babylon”. Third was Elis Lovrić’s “All I Really Want”
Finally the public vote was announced. “The Dream” also won the televote, with “Brutalero” coming second and “Tower of Babylon” third.
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