Update at 20:40 GMT: Following the publication of our article earlier today, the previously confirmed artist Goran Karan withdrew from the competition. You may recognise him from Eurovision 2000, when he competed with the song “Ostani” and placed ninth. He had performed an earlier version of his competing entry “My Legacy Is Love” at a festival. He said that version was substantially different to his entry. However, to avoid any controversy, he thought it best to pull out of the contest. He has been replaced by Elis Lovrić and the song “Jušto”. Our article below has been amended to reflect this development.
Last week, Croatian broadcaster HRT closed the song submission period for their national selection, Dora. The broadcaster and a specially chosen jury spent the week listening to all of the songs. And on Monday, after all that buildup, the broadcaster finally revealed the songs that will compete in the national final. Sixteen songs will feature in the national selection with three reserved songs.
Dora 2020: The participating acts in Croatia
- Marin Jurić Čivro – “Naivno”
- Elis Lovrić – “Jušto”
- Edi Abazi – “Coming home”
- Mia Negovetić – “When it Comes to You”
- Colonia – “Zidina”
- Zdenka Kovačićek – “Love, Love, Love”
- Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper iz sobe – Vrati se iz Irske
- Jure Brkljača – “Hajde nazovi me!”
- Damir Kedžo – “Divlji vjetre”
- Lorena Bućan – “Drowning”
- Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina – “Da se ne zatare”
- Aklea Neon -” Zovi ju mama”
- Indira – “You Will Never Break My Heart”
- Nikola Marjanović – “Let’s forgive”
- Đana – “One”
- Bojan Jambrošić – “Više od riječi”
The three back-up songs are:
- Marcela Orosi – “Let me Break your Heart”
- Dino Petrić – “Što si meni Ti”
- Singrlice – “Zavičaj”
Like last year, we probably won’t hear the songs until the broadcast of the national selection. But there is still plenty to assess and speculate about as we do know the artists and the titles of their entries. A more detailed list can be found on HRT’s official website.
Some Familiar Names
Looking at this list a little closer, there are some notable songwriters and artists that have taken part in either Dora or Eurovision.
There are also some familiar contestants who competed in the most recent edition of Dora. Bojan Jambrosic who sang in a duet with Danijela Pintaric coming ninth with “Vrijeme Predaje” and Jure Brkljaca who came eighth with “Ne Postojim Kad Nisi Tu”. The runner-up from this year’s edition of Dora, Lorena Bucan who sang “Tower of Babylon”, will try her luck again too.
Many of the acts in the line up have been on the wishlist of Eurovision fans to represent Croatia, including Damir Kedzo and Indira. Damir has been a prominent and multi-award-winning singer in the Croatian music scene for a number of years. Known for his powerful love ballads, he was also selected for Croatia in last year’s Wiwi Wishlist.
Indira is a seasoned singer who is best known for previously being the lead singer in the dance music group, Colonia — who will also be taking part in Dora next year! Known for her bold and strong voice, Indira would certainly make an impact for Croatia at Eurovision.
What do you think of the artists that have been announced? Are you excited by the line-up and familiar faces? Be sure to leave a comment down below!