Following its 2019 revival, Croatia’s HRT confirmed in September that Dora would return once again for Eurovision 2020. And on Tuesday 5 November, the broadcaster formally launched its call for entries.
Dora 2020 — Song submission
In a brief statement, the network outlines that it will accept submissions up until 15 December. Once the deadline passes, a panel of experts will listen to all the songs received. This preliminary jury will be made up of reps from HRT itself, as well as HDS and HGU, the Croatian Composers’ Society and Croatian Musicians’ Union respectively.
Sixteen songs will go on to compete in the one-shot Dora final.
The release concludes with some basic rules. Along with the standard Eurovision regulations regarding length and release dates, the guide also stipulates that songs must be performed by Croatian citizens — Aly Ryan need not apply. However, songwriters may come from anywhere.
Dora 2020 — Dates and Venues
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 our William 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.