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.
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Ovo je Doron Medalie. Prije dvije godine je pobijedio za Izrael na Eurosongu, kao autor pjesme ‘Toy’. Sretna sam sto je upravo on nase pojacanje kao koautor pjesme ‘You Will Never Break My Heart’, koju smo napisali Branimir i ja! ? 29.02. tim Indira ?e razvaliti pozornicu! ? Mi smo spremni! Tko ?e glasati za nas? #YouWillNeverBreakMyHeart #DoraHRT #Eurovision2020
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.
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Do you agree with poll results? Will Lorena do one better and actually win? Let us know in the comments!