She will sing “Drowning” in Croatia’s national selection for Eurovision 2020 this Saturday. And our readers certainly feel the power of waters as they’ve voted Lorena Bućan as the Dora 2020 act they are most excited for…before the official snippets come out later this afternoon.

Lorena Bućan is the Dora 2020 act you’re most excited for

Following the artists reveal in December, we asked our readers to vote for the Dora act they are most excited for. And after amassing 942 votes, Lorena collected 294 votes (or 31.21% of overall votes), thus beating the competition of 15 other singers vying to represent the Mediterranean country in Rotterdam.

The singer came second at the revived selection in 2019. Her oriental-inspired “Tower of Babylon” came a close second with the jury and third with the public. And this year she’s sticking with the Huljić family for another attempt – the songwriter Ivan Huljic is the son of Vjekoslava and Tonci Huljic who – together with her 2019 song – also wrote Croatia’s 1999 entry.

This year she performs 11th in the running order. Last year Roko performed in same position – will it prove a lucky number for her too?

Coming a distant second in our poll is Mia Negovetic with 138 votes or 14.65% in overall. The finalist of Little Big Shots will perform “When It Comes To You”, a song penned by Linnea Debb and Anderz Wrethov. With their recent success at both Sweden’s Melodifestivalen and Eurovision, could they triumph in Croatia as well?

Rounding out the top three is one of the more seasoned acts of this year’s Dora – Indira Levak and “You Will Never Break My Heart” earned 121 votes in our poll. Her songwriters have recently been revealed as Doron Medalie – the man behind Eurovision 2018 winner – and Ambroggio Crotti who had previously written songs for N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and Tom Jones. They teamed up with Croatia’s 2018 songwriter Branimir Mihaljević on the piece.

Poll: Which Dora 2020 act you’re most excited for? results

As a reminder, HRT has yet to reveal the songs that will compete on Saturday. Therefore this poll is based only on artists’ previous work, reputation and/or Eurovision connection. Snippets are due on the afternoon of Friday 28 February

Dora 2020: Voting, intervals and format

Dora 2020 will have four hosts. Zlata Mück Sušec and Doris Pinčić Rogoznica will present alongside Duško Čurlić and Mirko Fodor. The show will last two hours.

And in case you were wondering if Dora producers would be cutting down on intervals – the answer is no. Croatia’s 2019 singer Roko will perform his song “The Dream” and his most recent single “Krila”.

Despite initial confirmations that Eurovision 2018 winner Netta would perform in Opatija, she was forced to pull out due to flu.

Replacing the star will be this year’s finalist of The Voice Hrvatska. Four is better than one they say.

The voting format will remain the same as in 2019. The results will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from a regional jury of industry experts and the public vote.

The viewers at home will be able to vote via text, landlines and mobile phones with the voting lines open for ten minutes.

Photo credit: rtl.hr

Do you agree with poll results? Will Lorena do one better and actually win? Let us know in the comments!

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Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
7 months ago

And yet this year we expected more from her

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

croatia needs to reconsider their format, i miss their 90s/00s entries (quality wise)

Indiana07
Indiana07
7 months ago

Well, every country has its bad years, they’ll improve

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Speaking of Croatia’s semi: are all these debts the Ukrainian broadcaster has to pay something to be concerned about?

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
7 months ago

Just listened to the snippets… I hope it’ll be Mia or Indira. Aklea will be a “fan”-favourite ;), and Damir the dark horse (he is immensely popular in Croatia!).

123
123
7 months ago

When you have haters, it means you are doing something right.

No One
No One
7 months ago

Aklea sounds promising and possibly different from what we have this year.

No One
No One
7 months ago
Reply to  No One

I just noticed she did a nice cover of Makeba, so I decided that if I can’t have Jain for Eurovision, then I want Aklea lol

Carlos
Carlos
7 months ago

I’m hoping the full songs and staging change my mind but the snippets do not excite me…. and I love Croatia

Carlos
Carlos
7 months ago
Reply to  Carlos

Just on the snippets…..if go with Indira….Shame I was hoping Lorena would have a bop

Joe
Joe
7 months ago

Here’s hoping the songs are good. Croatia need a rebound and the semi they’re in is looking increasingly stacked with quality.

Jessey
Jessey
7 months ago

Can somebody just leak the full versions of the songs somebody

btw
btw
7 months ago

Mia is the best and Aklea the worst, in my opinion.

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
7 months ago
Reply to  btw

Mia is the best and Aklea second best, in my opinion.

btw
btw
7 months ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

I really dont like Akleas song, hopefully we wont choose it.

Carlos
Carlos
7 months ago

Please send me a link to see snippets

btw
btw
7 months ago
Reply to  Carlos
Carlos
Carlos
7 months ago
Reply to  btw

Thank you so much x

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
7 months ago
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123
123
7 months ago

Alen came through with that ethno bop though…

Teddi
Teddi
7 months ago

Aklea and Kedzo have REALLY good songs!! This might be really good year for Croatia! Half of the songs sounds in their selection already sound better than most whats out there for this years Eurovision.

Tommy Helgasson
Tommy Helgasson
7 months ago

Mia Negovetic sounds great and could easily enter the ESC top 5. Still, I wouldn’t discard Aklea Neon’s song as it sounds promising. As for the other snippets, they seem to be alright, but didn’t really attract my attention at this time, though they might surprise tomorrow. Let’s wait and see… 😉

Croatia
Croatia
7 months ago

Mia, Aklea or Lorena <3

Arianagrindr
Arianagrindr
7 months ago

Aklea Neon sounds fun.

Colin
Colin
7 months ago

I’m torn on whether to listen to the snippets at all. It’s so close to the contest I don’t even know if it makes any difference. I think they should have just let all songs out like a month ago or don’t let them out at all.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I’ll skip the snippets too, it’s just one day away. I just hope the streaming works for me tomorrow. Do you know what’s the direct link, Colin? Wiwi will post it later, but I wanted to save it here anyway.

Mirna
Mirna
7 months ago

Dragi ljudi, sutra dajmo glas jednoj od ove dvije divne cure: Mia ili Aklea. Ostali nas samo mogu ili osramotiti ili ce pak biti neprimijetni. Tocka!

ImFromRomania
ImFromRomania
7 months ago

Mia Negovetic sounds the best from this snippets , in my opinion.

Croatia
Croatia
7 months ago
Reply to  ImFromRomania

Mia is the best <3

Joey
Joey
7 months ago

1. Aklea
2. Kedzo
3. Mia
4. Dino
5. Lorena
6. Indira
7. Zdenka
8. Bojan

Reiner
Reiner
7 months ago

I’ve just listened to the snippets at HR2 radio – errr, to be honest, two songs stand out and the rest is too mediocre to comment: the winner tomorrow gotta be either Aklea Neon with her catchy song Zovi Ju Mamma, and my second favourite is Mia Negovetic with a wonderful ballad that also seems to have a very dynamic chorus, but the snippets were too short to evaluate it well.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Aklea Neon as she sings in Croatian and her song make me dance straightforwardly…