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

  1. Elis Lovrić – Jušto
  2. Bojan Jambrošić – Više od riječi
  3. Edi Abazi – Coming Home
  4. Zdenka Kovačiček – Love, Love, Love
  5. Alen Vitasović & Božidarka Marija Čerina – Da se ne zatare
  6. Đana – One
  7. Aklea Neon – Zovi ju mama
  8. Nikola Marjanović – Let’s Forgive
  9. Lorenzo feat. Dino Purić & Reper iz sobe – Vrati se iz Irske
  10. Marin Jurić Čivro – Naivno
  11. Lorena Bućan – Drowning
  12. Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
  13. Jure Brkljača – Hajde nazovi me!
  14. Colonia – Zidina
  15. Mia Negovetić – When It Comes To You
  16. 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.

Follow all of our Croatia Eurovision 2020 news.

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Lucas
Lucas
1 year ago

The winner hides between numbers 11-16, with the exception of Jure Brkljaca. I get my hopes up in Lorena Bucan, Indira Forza or Mia Negovetic.

Teddi
Teddi
1 year ago

The guy who wrote “Toy” for Netta, also wrote a song for Indira! So I’m very interested in hearing Indira’s song! She has CRAZY energy and it will be good performance that’s for sure. But knowing how Croatian people vote, I think Mia is entering Dora as a favorite among the people. But again – let’s wait for the songs! :))

Tom Ripley
Tom Ripley
1 year ago

Some interesting names here from whom we can expect to be great Croatian entry. Based on names I tip for Kedzo, Lorena or Mia for winning!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Yeah it’s either going to be Colonia or Indira. I can’t see anybody else take it. Kedzo is good but he’s not winning!

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Goran sang in 2000….not 2001

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

My comment got filtered. Please, Wiwi, help!

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

My advice is to always copy the text before posting, Colin. After posting it, refresh the page to see if it worked and if it got filtered, just try posting a short different comment and then edit with the intended content. So far, it has been working for me. After a few days, the filtered comment will be released, but normally the discussions already moved to a different one. So if you see a double comment coming from me in some old post, that’s why. 🙂

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Thanks, Sabrina. Yeah, I do that a lot too, especially with longer comments. I just forgot to do it now, as the comment isn’t that long. Anyway, I was saying that the running order favors Indira, Mia and Damir and Colonia, but if Lorena or Jure have better songs, they could profit too. Zdenka K. is placed really early for such a big star. I also said that the juries will be the key here, as the viewers can listen to the songs only once before voting for only ten minutes. I’m afraid that the flashiest show could snatch the… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

This is the closest we that follow Eurovision since the pre-season experience what casual viewers deal with in May. It’s been a while since I’ve watched ESC without knowing the songs, I imagine my picks then would be very different. It’s exciting, but yeah, what’s showy at first can turn out to be a disappointment later.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

You are right about that and part of me does find it exciting. I also find it unnerving, because now I *am* a big fan, who likes to take his option of re-listening all songs and taking his time. I feel a responsibility of paying twice the attention and believing my first instinct. Hopefully, something impactful, but bad like The Dream won’t win this time around. A solid song is all I ask for.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

At least you’ll understand the lyrics. There’s always a risk I’ll love a song in Croatian to only find out later that the rest of the song was misleading my senses! But I guess we can be pretty confident that whatever wins this time will be better than last year’s entry.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

No worry, Sabrina. If a song in Croatian wins, I’ll immediately translate it on Wiwibloggs. I’ll do the same for any of the other songs if you want to know. 🙂
I hope you are right and that a song which isn’t everyone’s bottom 5 gets to represent us.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Thank you, Colin. 🙂 I haven’t asked you for any translation for the Serbian selection because I think Beovizija is pretty balanced this year. I don’t have a pre-contest favorite like “Moja bol” or Kruna”. For now, I would love something like Lift, but I don’t think is the type of song that would win in Serbia.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Both previous Beovizija winners are good in my eyes (I have them both rated 7/10 I believe, which is pretty solid). I can’t say the same for the new frontrunner Hasta la vista, but I will help with the translation if it wins. In short, it’s about them getting rid of a bad boyfriend. Lift’s song is “Just Tell Me” and it’s about him being bedazzled by a woman he just met and he questions his sanity a bit. He really wishes to meet her again.
PS. Yes, I still like Moja bol a year later.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Still don’t get how “Moja bol” was only 5th place.

It’s funny how Lift’s song actual lyrics fit the vibe I had from the song. What Andrija Jo’s song is about? I ask because it seems it’s between him and Hurricane, at least for the fandom.

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

It’s called The Eyes of Medusa. He’s singing about his love interest being cold and deadly like Medusa. Thus, he is now like stone statue in a museum and can’t even cry because he’s numb to pain. It’s really dramatic. He says the lyrics are originally in English and he’s gonna revert to that if he wins. I’m assuming some lyrics are less clunky in English. For example, in the beginning of the chorus, he says: “Jer muzej je, muzej”, which would translate as “Because the museum is, museum….” In singing, the (, sign) is not apparent, which makes it… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Just saying that the lyrics are fine (if you like heavily dramatic love songs), but the obvious comma in the chorus can be overlooked and then it seems like he’s just stating that the museum is a museum. That part can feel funny a bit. Otherwise, this song leaves a lot of space for interesting staging and costumes. The trap would be making it look too simple as well as overdoing it. The key for Andrija’s success will probably be the right measure of drama on stage.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

At first, it sounded more interesting than Hurricane’s. But I’ve seen a clip of a rehearsal of the ladies and it seems they’re not playing and will bring exactly what the fandom is waiting for in terms of a bop.

Carlos
Carlos
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Exactly! Most viewers hear and see the song once in May and first impressions count in esc. Ppl that say “I’ve hated it first i heard it but on the 5th listen it’s grown on me” does not represent the voting public.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Carlos

True. But since we keep listening to the songs over and over, I guess it’s fair to give credit to thoses that don’t have an immediate impact but are actually better than others that leave a better first impression. One nice thing is that sometimes through staging an entry is able to change your whole perspective about it. In those cases (like “Calm After the Storm” or “My Lucky Day”), we end up in sync with those learning the songs only during ESC.

Esc1234
Esc1234
1 year ago

This year’s Dora seems promising, doron medalie writes good songs most of the times can’t wait to listen to his song

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

Based on popularity and running order, the producers want to highlight Mia, Indira and Damir. Last year’s participants Lorena and Jure also have great positions if their songs are able to take the spotlight from bigger stars around. Jury winner Elis, despite of having her song only added later, has a solid, opening position. I’m guessing it will be tough for Bojan and I’m also surprised that Zdenka is so early on. I can only assume one thing – With songs not released earlier and voters having only 10 minutes to vote, this will be very jury reliant decision. I… Read more »

123
123
1 year ago

Kedzo’s song was written by Ante Pecotic, not Branimir Mihaljevic. Branimir wrote Indira’s song together with Medalie, while Zdenka’s song was written by MARIO Mihaljevic who is Branimir’s father and a writer of last year’s song “Brutalero”.

Alo
Alo
1 year ago

Doron medalie didn’t write home. he wrote golden boy (and maybe this year song for israel).

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Alo

It’ll probably be a ginormous bop then (unless it’s something like Made of Stars).

Alo
Alo
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

According to rumors and by the fact that he will collaborate with idan raichel(one of the best artist in Israel) ,it won’t be uptempo and more into Ethiopian ethnic vibe(not sure if ballad)..