Grab your angel wings and oil-up your backing dancers — Croatia’s Dora is back for Eurovision 2020.
As Eurosong HR reports, the confirmation of the national selection came during broadcaster HRT’s autumn review of upcoming programmes.
Among those in attendance was Croatia’s Eurovision queen Severina, who placed 12th at Eurovision 2006.
It’s not yet clear when or where the show will take place. For the 2019 edition, the broadcaster made an agreement with the resort town of Opatija to host the national selection on February 16. It was held in the Marino Cvjetković Sports Hall. 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.
Croatia returns to Dora for Eurovision 2020
Croatia will use Dora for the second consecutive year after resurrecting the national final last year following an eight-year hiatus.
The broadcaster received 150 song submissions and a jury consisting of seven people spent a week listening to all of the songs. The broadcaster ultimately revealed sixteen songs and acts.
Working with composer Jacques Houdek, high school student Roko Blažević won with “The Dream” — a power ballad that came with an over-the-top stage show which brought to life visions of heaven and hell.
The best part of it was, no doubt, Roko’s voice. As I wrote ahead of Eurovision:
“Whether you think this is a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare likely depends on how you handle volume. Roko gets very loud. Repeatedly and without retreat. But in my mind it just underscores the power of this song, which takes us on a journey from soft contemplation to a full-on celebration of dreams, love, and God knows what else. I’m here for Roko’s voice. I’m here for the classic — some may read that as dated — melody. And I’m here for the DRAMA.”
Roko didn’t manage to make the final, placing 14th in his semi.