Slowly but surely, the list of countries confirmed to be participating at Eurovision 2022 is growing.
On Monday 13 September, Croatia’s national broadcaster HRT confirmed the country will participate in the song contest to be held in Italy next year.
HRT also confirmed Croatia will use the Dora national final format to select its act.
Croatia: Dora will return in 2022
The search to find Albina’s successor is on.
Croatian broadcaster HRT confirmed the country will participate at Eurovision 2022 in Italy, with Dora returning to select the country’s artist and song.
HRT wrote on Facebook:
“Nice September weather only contributes to the preparations for Dora and the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, which are in full swing!
Coming soon, a competition for the Croatian song choice for Eurovision, so stay tuned for more information.”
The broadcaster is yet to disclose dates, rules and submission information for Dora 2022.
However, the recent history of the Croatian selection show suggests we will see a February air date.
Elsewhere, the contest was also recently expanded to allow songs in any European language to compete.
Prior to the 2021 contest, a five-week submission period from late October to early December 2020 saw some 140 entries sent to the five-person expert panel for scrutiny.
Later in February, 14 finalists including Eurovision veterans Nina Kraljić and Tony Cetinski competed in the the Dora final at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Opatija for the coveted Croatian ticket to Eurovision.
A 50/50 split of jury votes and televotes determined Albina as the winner with her track “Tick-Tock”.
The final was shrouded in controversy when Nina Kraljić suggested Albina was favoured by the organisers, while Bernarda’s sister alleged the “Colours” singer was placed on a ‘blacklist’.
Nevertheless, Albina went on to represent Croatia in Rotterdam. The “Tick-Tock” songstress placed 11th in the first semi-final, missing out on qualification to Norway’s TIX by a margin of just five points.
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