It’s the selection that’s set for the last day of February. While the date is still some time away, Croatia’s state broadcaster HRT has revealed the running order for Dora 2020.
The Dora 2020 running order will see 2019 finalist Elis Lovrić perform first, while fan favourite Damir Kedžo closes the contest.
Elis — who got his spot in the line-up after Croatia’s 2000 singer Goran Karan withdrew — will sing “Jušto”. It’s a self-penned song in the Istrian dialect.
Damir — the winner of New Wave 2015 — will close the show with the ballad “Divlji Vjetre”.
And to get the conspiracy ball rolling, Lorena Bućan — last year’s runner-up — will perform 11th. Roko also performed in this position in 2019. Is this an auspicious sign for the “Tower Of Babylon” hitmaker?
The running order was decided by show producers.
Dora 2020 Running Order
- Elis Lovrić – Jušto
- Bojan Jambrošić – Više od riječi
- Edi Abazi – Coming Home
- Zdenka Kovačiček – Love, Love, Love
- Alen Vitasović & Božidarka Marija Čerina – Da se ne zatare
- Đana – One
- Aklea Neon – Zovi ju mama
- Nikola Marjanović – Let’s Forgive
- Lorenzo feat. Dino Purić & Reper iz sobe – Vrati se iz Irske
- Marin Jurić Čivro – Naivno
- Lorena Bućan – Drowning
- Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
- Jure Brkljača – Hajde nazovi me!
- Colonia – Zidina
- Mia Negovetić – When It Comes To You
- Damir Kedžo – Divlji vjetre
Dora 2020: Song details
The recently-revived national selection will not release the competing songs before the actual contest airs. Last year HRT released the snippets one day before the show. However, unofficial reports claim that the broadcaster is not keen to do the same this this time.
Nonetheless, we do know the names of the people behind each entry.
There will be two Eurovision-winning songwriters entering the competition.
Mia Negovetić performs second-last with “When It Comes To You”. The entry is written by Linnea Deb and Anderz Wrethov. Linnea co-wrote Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”. Wrethov’s credits include “Fuego” (Cyprus 2018) and “Too Late For Love” (Sweden 2019).
Several media outlets report that Doron Medalie, the man behind songs like “Toy” (Israel 2018) and “Golden Boy” (Israel 2015), has produced Indira’s “You Will Never Break My Heart”.
Croatia’s 2011 songwriter Boris Durdevic co-wrote Colonia’s song.
Vjekoslava Huljic, who penned Croatia’s 1999 and 2009 entries, co-wrote the lyrics to Lorena’s “Drowning”.
Branimir Mihaljevic the man behind Feminnem’s “Lako Je Sve” and Franka’s “Crazy” notches up two songwriting credits for Zdenka Kovačiček’s “Love, Love, Love”, as well as Indira’s effort. He co-wrote Zdenka’s song with his father Mario.
Dora 2020: Run-time, Voting and Hosts
The show will last two hours and the voting lines will be open for only ten minutes. The 2019 show saw two and a half hours of entertainment with 20 minutes in which viewers could for their favorite(s). Are producers cutting back on interval acts?
Dora 2020 will have four hosts. Zlata Mück Sušec and Doris Pinčić Rogoznica will present alongside Duško Čurlić and Mirko Fodor.
Croatia has already confirmed that the national selection format will return for 2021. A contract was signed between HRT and the host city Opatija three months ago.