Dora 2021 Nina Kraljic Bernarda Bruno Albina Damir Kedzo

She was the fan favourite to win Dora 2021 with her ethno-ballad “Rijeka”. But 13 February, Eurovision 2016 singer Nina Kraljić lost out to the eventual televote and jury winner Albina and “Tick-Tock”.

Ursula Tolj responds to Nina Kraljić’s Dora 2021 claims

During the live TV broadcast, the singer seemed disinterested as she was seen sipping wine and staring at her phone during the points reveal. And after the show, the “Lighthouse” hitmaker made a series of sharp comments on her Facebook page.

Kraljić claimed that her fans encountered televote irregularities during the show, which supposedly prevented Nina from winning Dora. On top of that, the information has surfaced that her in-ears played “Tick-Tock” for 10 minutes during the final rehearsal, suggesting that the now-selected Eurovision 2021 entry might have been favoured by the organisers from the off.

Croatia’s Head of Delegation and Dora’s editor Ursula Tolj was fast to dismiss the claims, telling portal that:

“We sought an explanation from the telephone operator, and we were told that the requests at the increased volume of calls caused a certain load on the telephone system, but within the framework of normal behaviour. Translated: at certain moments it was not possible to cast a vote, but the blockade was not on a certain line but also on all lines at times of system overload,” 

Ursula also noted how Nina Kraljić sent her two private emails concerning the issues:

“As far as I was able to understand, she thinks we let her compete at Dora so that we could then work together against her. She couldn’t explain to me why we would do such a thing, at least I couldn’t understand why Nina Kraljić thought so. And it’s not that I haven’t read those emails carefully. Did Nina complain about something during Dora? Yes, there were some minor issues with her hairstyle and makeup which, however, she doesn’t mention now, and we solved that on the go. Did Nina ever object to me at one point during the competition that I favour Albina or mentioned that I set up the competition, the answer is: No! She also didn’t complain that she was the first to perform, but now I see that she also thinks it has ‘damaged’ her”.

“Albina received 8,297 votes in ten minutes. To illustrate, the runner-up Nina Kraljić received 5,320 votes. Albina received 78 points from the jury and Nina 69. Judge for yourself if we can talk about a close victory, and as far as the winner is concerned, the fact that we all made a good choice is evidenced by the fact that ‘Tick-Tock’ is in trend not just here but in several countries outside Croatia. And I, as the editor of Dora and the head of our Eurovision delegation, am happy about that “.

Dora 2021 full televote results

Head of Delegation denies claims from Bernarda Brunović’s sister

Ursula also found herself facing accusations from Bernarda Brunović’s sister who claimed her sister’s team was on Ursula’s so-called black-list:

‘I am aware, of course, that immense ambition, a strong desire to win and a great ego can lead people straight into the abyss, but I think that even when falling into that abyss, some measure of morality and good taste should be maintained. Instead, in the last few days we have been witnessing the emotional performances of some dissatisfied competitors who have not been able to congratulate the better ones, but, behold, they have the guts to tell huge lies’.

Albina on Nina Kraljić snub after winning Dora 2021

Croatia’s head of delegation probably also referred to when Nina refused to congratulate Albina on her win. Speaking to Slobodna Dalmacija, Albina held no grudges: “I’m not disappointed that Nina didn’t congratulate me, I want to surround myself with positive people as before, that’s the only thing that matters to me. Everyone else congratulated me, she is just one drop in the ocean”.

This isn’t the first time Nina complained about her experience with HRT. Responding to her followers’ comments, Nina reflected on her Eurovision 2016 journey, stating how she”was thrown in as a little sacrificial lamb and forced to bring Croatia back to the final with no money and resources”, while other acts who failed to qualify with a bigger budget, namely Franka, never faced critiques like her.

In the lead up to Dora, Kraljić also discussed her career from the first beginnings via a weekly blog, and most of the content focused on HRT not allowing her artistic freedom at Eurovision. The majority of criticism came for her dress. As an example of that, Nina used an event where a cashier mocked her Eurovision dress in front of the queue, something Nina found very irritating. She also came out as bisexual in another blog. In one of her last posts before leaving social networks, Nina voved never to work with HRT again.

Damir Kedzo’s absence from Dora

Nina isn’t the only one feuding with the broadcaster. Traditionally, the reigning Dora champion gets to open the show with their winning entry. However, the Dora 2020 victor Damir Kedžo was notably absent from the show. Instead, viewers were treated to a postcard-esque report on Opatija, the host city, layered by the studio version of Damir’s “Divlji Vjetre”.

It now appears that his management and the state broadcaster couldn’t reach an agreement. To be more precise, Kedzo wanted to perform his winning song and his latest collaboration with Serbia’s 2017 singer Tijana Bogicevic (read our review here), but instead received the cold shoulder.

“I think that when some reasonable agreement cannot be reached then it is best to stay home sometime in life. So many things, which were ugly to say the least, happened in 2020 in all that collaboration that I simply decided to preserve some of my dignity as a man and a performer. But there is really no bitterness in me”, he emphasized speaking to tportal.

What do you think of the drama? Which side are you on? Let us know in the comments. 

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NickC
NickC
2 months ago

I just do not understand how the superpower of the 90s ended up like this. None of the songs in Dora this year were comparable to Sveta Ljubav, Neka mi Svene or Marija Magdalena. I think HRT should have a think about how to attract top talent into Dora . Maybe match local songwriters with foreign ones. Or approaching Croatian music industry directly, incentivizing in house collaboration. I dont know, just brainstorming.

Last edited 2 months ago by NickC
Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  NickC

I don’t think that nothing can ever compare to the 90s. It was different times and different styles. Croatia was in 2000s and especially in 2010s slow to adapt and kept sending boring ballads that were out of touch. I think that now with Tolj as a new head of delegation we have a freah view on eurovision and we will start getting back to being a constant in finals. As for your other point, Albina had a foreign songwriter as well as croatian so I think that also showed the public that Croatia can go in a new direction… Read more »

Jenny
Jenny
2 months ago

Gosh

johnlittlewood60@aol.com
2 months ago

I thought that Nina’s song was by far the best from the studio cut, but it didn’t quite match it when sung live. Much more effort seemed to be thrown at Albina’s song, even though I personally thought it was the weaker of the two songs.
I also thought that Nina’s vocals were easily as strong as Albina’s, if not stronger.
Anyway, the decision has been made, so let’s move on. Off topic, but does anyone else think of Sweden’s Wiktoria when watching her performance.

dygh
dygh
2 months ago

Nina’s stage felt empty (don’t know if she is to blame) and the song didn’t grip you as much as the studio version.
Bernarda moved a little strangely on the beats of her song, to the point that it was off-putting.
Albina absolutely deserved the win, considering the whole package.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  dygh

Have in mind that Bernarda is blind, so she mainly expresses herself through her vocals. 🙂

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

It’s a complicated situation, while people love straight and easy answers. So, they jump to bandwaggon of #TeamNina or #TeamHRT. Unless we can verify it was or wasn’t staged, it’s definitely up in the air. HRT certainly did give a push to Albina (along with Mia and Tony) over Nina, but some, like Eric and Ella, got even weaker running order numbers. It happens in almost every NF, not only Dora. However, with fair voting process, some defy that odds. Nina almost did too. She came 2nd, not 10th. I get that both her and Bernarda were projected to end-up… Read more »

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
2 months ago

any one else getting elvana deja vu

Fabio
Fabio
2 months ago

I don’t care about all the in-house drama. But to be honest, Albina’s song will struggle to qualify. There’s nothing original or outstanding in it, it’s just a silly pop song in English with dire lyrics. It pretends to be cool and ‘current’ but it’s just ordinary. So, bye bye Croatia, I’m afraid you won’t be in the final this year.

Last edited 2 months ago by Fabio
Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Fabio

Well, for now, Tick Tock is really popular on the Official Eurovision Youtube Channel with over 924K views (probably reach a million by the end of the week), so it’s clearly gaining some degree of popularity early on. It may not be your taste, but let Croatia have this moment.

Robert
Robert
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

Yup, it just shows that he is out of touch and has poor taste lvl. It literally is by far the most viewed song on yt, having almost double the views of discotheque for example.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

as someone who finds Tik Tok very basic cringe pop–these are some very Bitter Bettys who need to get over that Albina won fair and square…I can see the appeal in Tik Tok–she looked like a pop star and it looked polished and Croatia hardly sends modern pop songs, so I can see how it all looked fresh…Nina had the best song but here I thought her fashion sense was her worst quality trait, but apparently her ability to accept loss gracefully is

Fabio
Fabio
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

There’s little appeal in Tick Tock, let’s start with the cringy title…

Zander25
Zander25
2 months ago

I admit in terms of vocals and song potential Nina is the best option since the first semi is a bloodbath but seeing her stage presentation made me wonder, why does she and or her team behind that lack of creativity? Nothing new just as identical to what she did on “Lighthouse” and it was years years ago, seems she’s trying to win Barbara Dex awards again for worst dress and not Eurovision (sigh). And that’s why Albina deserve this chance to represent her Country.

Lola
Lola
2 months ago

People need to get over themselves. Nothing worse than a sore loser and stories like these certainly won’t make people vote for them in the future again. Can’t say I blame them. As for the perfomances, Tick Tock wasn’t my absolute favorite before the show (it was my #5), but the performance Albina delivered was just simply amazing and no comparison to other people mentioned in this article, although of course this is a subjective matter.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Oh god, the drama comes mainly from Nina and no one else. About Bernarda: Nice song and voice but why is it so hard to believe that the viewers did not like it? I am not surprised that it is not a song that Croatians would vote for. It\s a song that reminds me of other songs participating in the Swiss national final lol. Nina: she’s a sore loser, sorry! Complaining about everything as if HRT made a deal that she would win. Didn’t she go to Eurovision by being internally selected by HRT? Why did she expect to win… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
2 months ago

I can’t get too excited by this – it’s not exactly news that delegations have favourites and will do whatever they can to make sure they get through.

France says hi.

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

France says forget me thank you.

Jay
Jay
2 months ago

Nina needs to grow up! It’s just a competition and the better song won!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay

Growing up is getting old.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
2 months ago

But it’s also ok to Ugly Cry while having an Imaginary Friend that gives your Phantom Pain… the other 2 ain’t it x)

Stian F
Stian F
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay

But thats it… The better song didnt win… Just you wait and see. It wont qualify at all. Albina is horrible at enunciating the English language and her high range is not good at all.

verka serduchka
verka serduchka
2 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

albina? literally? has? an? english? degree?

Leo Gaylord
Leo Gaylord
2 months ago

Albina’s song and performance were stunning, and Nina’s song, with all due respect, was an experimental crap. I used to like Nina as a younger gay brother, but her being such a bad loser has had a repellent effect on me and I cannot stand her any more. Her styling was far from being stylish – it was disgusting and decadent. Bugger off!

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago

Bernarda is an icon and she could maybe represent Malta or San Marino one day? Have listened to “Colors” 5 times today already <3

Last edited 2 months ago by ESCFan2009
Una
Una
2 months ago

I just like the pun with “Wild Winds”.

Will be paying attention to the green room when the votes are announced in Eesti Laul. So far everyone seemed to be a good sport. The impressions on the last song 🙂 WOW!

Micky
Micky
2 months ago

GOSSIP / GOSSIP / GOSSIP

Joseph Shaulov
Joseph Shaulov
2 months ago

‘Tick-Tock’ is in trend not just here but in several countries outside Croatia” uhhh Ursula, i’m not quite sure what Ti(c)kTo(c)k you’re talking about (issa joke)

Yannis
Yannis
2 months ago

oh well. Albina song has over 800 thousands views on Eurovision official channel plus another 800 thousands on Dora channel when France and Lithuania don’t have and being there for a longer time

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

Look outside Eurovision official channel, you will see it’s another story about views.

Fabio
Fabio
2 months ago
Reply to  Yannis

The Roop’s Discoteque has nearly 3,5 million views in their own channel, lol!!!

Kalani
Kalani
2 months ago

Couple of things to unpack here: Nina’s reaction to the whole thing was completely unprofessional and unwarranted. The most frustrating thing for me was that she keeps going on about freedom of speech and how she’s entitled to her opinion, yet when facing criticism (especially on her now deleted Facebook page) she tells people that if they don’t like something they should just leave and not comment. Her whole demeanour on the evening of Dora was despicable and you could tell her team of dancers were visibly uncomfortable throughout the whole thing. She didn’t learn anything from her past mistakes… Read more »

Adrian
Adrian
2 months ago

Long story short: Nina is just angry she didn’t win and now she wants to find a scapegoat.

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

This all sounds so messy, which is a shame when you consider that Dora was actually a good selection song wise.

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

My favourite two are “Om allting skiter sig” and “Beat of Broken Hearts”. I also like “Den du är” and “Voices”. 

Neil
Neil
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Uh wrong post lol

Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago
Reply to  Neil

So? LOL

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yeah I think you just commented on the wrong post.

Last edited 2 months ago by Jake Dallas
123
123
2 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Melfest is awful tbh

Aplk
Aplk
2 months ago

my cousin who lives in Croatia also had trouble voting, and she wanted to vote for Albina and Filip, so I don’t think only Nina had a voting issue.

Tom Ripley
Tom Ripley
2 months ago

I didn’t recognize any visible proof in this article. Everything is based on “she said-he said” angle. Don’t get me wrong, I am not defending HRT and if there is any issue here the mess must be cleared and explained. Still, the reason why the jury exist is that you can not relied on technology (ok sometimes it’s reasonable, sometimes beacuse is handle by humans hand and that potentially can be used in wrong way), but Albina won in both cases: by the jury and televotes votes. So, if even we cancled the televoting votes, she is still the winner.… Read more »

Rijeka
Rijeka
2 months ago

Nina ruined Rijeka with the performance and I can totally see why it did not win.
And yes, I tried voting for both Nina and Albina and none of my calls or texts came through.

Max
Max
2 months ago

Probably, we have to keep in mind the tight budgets of many broadcasters. Just like in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania, I think record labels with considerable networks and financial and artistic resources play a big role here. Albina is backed by Universal Music which is probably an attractive partner for a venture like the Eurovision Song Contest.
What difference the backing of a big record label makes, we could already witness with The Roop’s comeback this year.

Vytautas
Vytautas
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

True, except that The Roop managed to get 50,139 votes in 2020 before they even started a collaboration with Warner Music. Monique, which ended back then as the runner-off, got only 15,962 (3 times less) votes and she was already working with Sony Music. So yeah…

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

actually that proves Max’s post wrong, that an act backed by a major label does not guarantee the first place.

Also, Nina’s Lighthouse entry was released by Universal. I think Universal Music Serbia has signed many artists in Croatia.

Max
Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yes, that’s true, of course. However I think, these kinds of partnerships might be taken into consideration. Another perspective on that is, big publishing labels have been playing a bigger part in many national selections and can have severe influence on who gets to sing what kind of song, has a powerful creative team for a great stage show or the promotion capacities needed to become familiar with the audience before the contest. …and has subsequently more or less potential to win a national final. In 2016, Nina was internally selected with a song (and album) backed by Universal Music… Read more »

Max
Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Vytautas

My point with The Roop was less their voting numbers, but rather the quality and promotion of their song production and music video which made a far more expensive impression to me than their previous efforts. Their enormous run for vitory last year might have alarmed Warner Music Finland to catch up and invest in the band which seems to be on to something big in Europe.

Last edited 2 months ago by Max
Whisker
Whisker
2 months ago

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This Dora 2021 is utterly disgraceful. Their song is bad too. 

Marc
Marc
2 months ago

So Nina is the Donald Trump/Sore loser of ESC so far!
Her diva like attitude is disappointing and praise to Albina for focusing on positive vibes. Nina has had her moment at ESC- a genuine artist would want to support and strengthen new artists. Good Riddance to Nina at Dora!

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc

More like had her moment stolen by whoever forced that Lighthouse clown costume on her.

Euterpa
Euterpa
2 months ago

This is what I thought as well, but seeing what Nina wore on Saturday in Dora, I don’t think it’s the designer’s fault. It seems like the designer only followed Nina’s style. This Dora outfit wasn’t much different than her ESC dress. Big dress with feathers, corset-like features… Besides, her ESC designer worked with Rita Ora, Lizzo, Cardi B…so he was good for them, but not for Nina Kralji??… Interesting.

Last edited 2 months ago by Euterpa
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  Marc

And while I think Dora was full with good singers, claiming that Nina is not a genuine artist is just not true. Also: being a nice person does not make you an artist. Making art makes you an artist. Ideally, the artist is nice.

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Mimikyu
Mimikyu
2 months ago

Yes she’s has a good voice but really hate her as personality ….made a drama without a reason , plsss her staging was bad

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

Guys isn’t it weird how there’s suddenly all kinds of new (generic) usernames hating on nina? (While praising Albina)

Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Actually not. Albina has a lot of support. In Croatia people really like her and her song.

Branko86
Branko86
2 months ago

You forgot to mention another drama from Dora 2021: The father of one contestant says his daughter’s performance was boycotted ruined by HRT. You see, Croatia is the new Ukraine when it comes to Eurovision Drama!

Source: https://www.vecernji.hr/showbiz/ogorceni-vuco-kcer-su-mi-namjerno-bojkotirali-prvo-su-izbacili-plesace-a-onda-poremetili-zvuk-1468835

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Branko86

Ukraine’s broadcaster at least can cite the excuse of being beholden to politics for its problems. HRT is possibly being messy without any government assistance.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Branko86

typical family drama, reminds me of beauty pageants drama.

Why?
Why?
2 months ago

First of all, I don’t like this gossip article and it saddens me to see this from Croatian reporter. Sure, an interesting topic to read, but what’s its point? Showing off your dirty laundry never did any good and this only lowers sympathies and overall chances for us. Typical Croatian mindset. You can dislike my comment as much as you want, but you don’t see anyone from any other countries doing this and they all have similar problems, if not worse. One Croatian Eurovision fan said it very well in her YouTube video: we should stay united and support Albina… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
2 months ago

I don’t like this HOD’s behavior at all, to be too much defensive like that, and even insult, it definetely shows she is hiding something. Sorry I don’t trust her at all, Croatia would make a good and clever move if they get rid of her. And yeah these votings were weird especially the televote…..the answer of Tolj is insults, but gurl you are one of the worst HOD ever, you love dramas cause you provoke its, you favored your big friends to enter the show despite the lack of quality of their songs, what a shame,so let the job… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Esc addict
Teddi
Teddi
2 months ago

Nina’s attitude was the biggest disappointment of Dora 2021. Unfortunately this will be remembered forever and there’s no going back. This is why people say to think before you say something, never react with impulse. As known, every single line had issues, and it was due high volume of calls. Totally logical. Even Albina had same issues. Even with calls recieved Albina’s triumph was undeniable – almost half more tele votes than Nina. And honestly – the best song indeed won. So far Tick Tock is my favorite. Goodluck Croatia, and to those sore losers I strongly suggest to not… Read more »

Yorkster
Yorkster
2 months ago

This saddens me. I liked Lighthouse back in 2016, a fair bit actually, but this completely puts me off her. Regardless of how much of a shambles the voting system was etc, have some grace and decorum about ones self. At least give it some time and do some research if you are going to throw accusations instead of acting on impulse and having spoiled-brat-syndrome. Hopefully she grows as a person because from what I have gathered, she cannot accept defeat nor criticism, which says a lot about her inflated and deluded ego… and after watching her performance, the only… Read more »

Jack Fincher-Pricefield
Jack Fincher-Pricefield
2 months ago

I was so disappointed with Nina’s attitude on Saturday night, she basically threw a big temper tantrum and wasn’t kind enough to congratulate Albina, like she’s already represented Croatia in ESC before so why be salty and act careless?

“Tick-tock” won fair and square in my eyes, easily the best Croatian entry in over a decade and can appeal to general viewers outside the Balkans.

123
123
2 months ago

So basically, Nina, Bernarda, Damir and all of us who couldn’t vote are liars and Ursula and HRT did everything right? Lol, NO. 1. Damir Kedzo’s team actually said that HRT rejected *him* even though he still wanted to work with them. 2. Nina Kraljic was rude and obnoxious but she is right about some things. Rijeka shouldn’t have been first in the running order and that’s definitely something that influenced the televote results. Everyone’s mix was awful on the night but Nina’s was the worst since her song depends on the good mix more than other songs. Also, she… Read more »

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  123

The Bojan and Ashley song was terrible, the words cliché, the singing off-tune (especially Ashley), the pictures were cliché, the dress was too much. One of the most cringey performances in a national selection. Not the only one of course, but the worst that night. I was wondering during the show how it made it to Dora.

zelenovi
zelenovi
2 months ago
Reply to  123

I found it a weird choice to put Rijeka first. It just *is* harder to win when you open the show, and Rijeka was both a fan favourite and first in the betting odds – it deserved at least an advantageous starting position. That’s not to excuse Nina’s behaviour or her rather weak arguments now, but the song deserved better.

I’ve just listened to Rijeka three times on loop again and I still do not understand how the audience did not go for it, it’s *so* good in my opinion. I’m probably blinded at this point.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  zelenovi

She did not deserve the best position – nobody does. That would just be unfair to somebody else.

123
123
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

So why did Mia, Albina and Tony get it?

Paulo
Paulo
2 months ago
Reply to  123

Amen!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Did Nina have paranoid delusions about Covid and 5G? This was on social media, long before Dora – I have no idea if it’s true or not.

Jjjjjoooo
Jjjjjoooo
2 months ago

Facts are facts
Albina won some messy way
Nina and Bernarda had songs that could achieve a top 5 at esc
Instead Croatia has opted for a bottom 5 non qualifier ( as there s no doubt Croatia ain’t advancing from the hardest semi)
I wish bernarda and Nina the best and I hope to see Elina flopping so hard in May

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
2 months ago
Reply to  Jjjjjoooo

Rijeka and Colors would’ve never reached the top 5 nor the top 10…

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
2 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

We’ll never know about ‘Rijeka’. I wish San Marino would send it so we could find out.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago

Maybe it will get twiddled around and sent to Malta or UK

btw
btw
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I feel like comments like this are written by Nina’s fake profiles.

Film
Film
2 months ago

Lol, this is some hot tea being spilled right there. Albina says she doesnt hold a grudge, but then states passive aggressively towards Nina that she is basically negative and insignificant or nobody.

Una
Una
2 months ago

I was not expecting this. Very surprised indeed!!

Preliminary thoughts:

  1. Accusing the h od of having “a black-list”? REALLY? A horrible thing to say. Get acquainted with the definition before saying something that bad. *And apologize, maybe*.
  2. What’s the issue with “Colors”? A song that’s been around several national selections for years, finally gets into Dora and finishes second in the jury vote – AFAIR at just one point from the winner of said vote. Got the irony?

Mgd!!

Héctor
Héctor
2 months ago

As the HOD she should be more assertive. Other than that, I think she needs to calm down cause they will struggle to qualify. We all know Tik Tok is the kind of song that gets hyped by fans every year but then flops misserably. She has a voice but was extremely shouty and the song is a bit bland. Tbh I think that Croatia is a borderline qualifier at best.

Jjjjjoooo
Jjjjjoooo
2 months ago
Reply to  Héctor

It s a NON qualifier on its best actually I would disqualify a song that s bad as hell as this

Josef
Josef
2 months ago
Reply to  Jjjjjoooo

shut up

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

That is a big group of sore losers! Accept defeat, move on and live your life! it’s not the end of the world..
Nina acts as if everything evolves about her, from Dora to Eurovision, the centre of the earth! She would gain more sympathy if she wasn’t that insufferable!

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Let’s hope we are not going to see more of this in Estonia, Norway and Sweden. In my view Albina is a more likely qualifier than Nina. Sorry guys, I found Nina’s 2016 entry very generic (!) and lucky to qualify, dress or no dress!

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I loved “Lighhouse”. The staging could have been a lot better – backings in medieval dress were awkward. The un-dressing of Nina too. But she spoke about the difficulties she’d had during the press conference or the meet and greet session. I did not mind the dress at all. It was reflective of the title of the song – with the silver and lights and so. I liked the music and the lyrics and Nina’s voice. The backings too elevated the performance – voice-wise. She and “Lighthouse” qualified Croatia after four years of NQ. I would think she deserves some… Read more »

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Una

Lighthouse was OK but it was generic. It could have just as well represented Iceland, it sounded very Nordic. And if I remember I think Nina got criticzed then for not having Croatian writers. The song probably floated around several selections until Nina found it

Una
Una
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Well, if so, then I am glad it found its way to Nina. Her performance was fabulous. The writers were Austrian AFAIR.

andrew
andrew
2 months ago

either way albina was my favourite and i think she’ll do very well at eurovision, great song.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Not commenting on the validity of the complaints but regardless, Ursula needed to be more diplomatic and careful with her language when dealing with disappointed competitors if she hopes to be a successful HoD. Taking a sarcastic tone and calling entrants liars and not being as good as the winners isn’t exactly encouraging these popular acts to return for future editions.
The whole Damir thing is ridiculous. Let him perform his new song. Geez. The guy’s been nothing but class and trust me, there was enough spare time during the show to allow it.

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
2 months ago

I do not know what to say, first, I hoped that the changes in Dora would bring improvement, but here the voting system has flaws, and Ursula now causes controversy and the drama has come out what is happening in HRT maybe time, for changes again in Dora and maybe it’s worth looking for someone new , to the position of head of delegation

Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
2 months ago

NRK will allow Ulrikke to perform both “Attention” as the Mgp Finale opener and another single she came out with recently.
Take notes, HRT! Damir deserved better.

Peter Van Tszai
Peter Van Tszai
2 months ago

And the Danish broadcaster (DR1) should invite Ben and Tan back to perform “Yes” as interval act as well (Even it is more less likely since Leonora was absent in last year’s NF in Denmark)

Luca
Luca
2 months ago

All this is really strange. Is Nina a bad loser or is HRT corrupt. We will never know. I can see the next wiwibloggs post in a few feeks: Croatia – the drama at Dora 2021 goes on HAHA

Mish
Mish
2 months ago
Reply to  Luca

most probably it’s both

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Nina acts as if it’s the end of the world