Croatia‘s broadcaster HRT has released details of DORA 2022, the national final that will select Croatia’s act for Eurovision 2022. Entries for the national final are now open.
The broadcaster has launched the song submission period, including an online entry website with the rules for 2022.
There are a few changes for the 2022 edition of DORA. The Eurovision maximum of six performers are now allowed in each performance. For DORA 2021, pandemic precautions meant that the maximum was reduced to no more five performers.
The winner isn’t able to make any major revamps of their entry. The version of the song that wins DORA will be the version that goes to Eurovision. Only minor changes will be allowed, and then only with permission of the broadcaster.
Entrants must be Croatian citizens. Songs can either in Croatian or another “European language”.
The competition entries will be assessed by an expert jury who will then pick the 14 grand finalists, as well as four reserves. The rules note that the jury’s criteria will be “artistic value with an emphasis on quality music and lyrics and the whole work”.
Fourteen songs will compete in the one grand final of DORA 2022. The broadcaster hasn’t confirmed the exact date, but does note that it will be held sometime in February 2022.
The winner of DORA 2022 will be selected by a combination of televote and jury vote. Further details of the exact competition format will be confirmed later.
Entries for DORA 2022 are open now and will close in just under one month, on 25 November.
Croatia and the DORA national final
DORA began in 1993 and was used to select Croatia’s debut entry at Eurovision that year. The national final was used until 2011, when HRT switched to internally selecting their Eurovision entries. In 2019, DORA was brought back and has been used every year since.
However, Croatia’s best results in the past decade have come from internally selected acts. In 2017, the Croatian divo Jacques Houdek performed the bilingual popera song “My Friend”, which placed 13th in the grand final. The previous year, The Voice winner Nina Kraljić placed 23rd with her uplifting song “Lighthouse”.
Croatia’s two competing Eurovision songs since then have failed to make it to the grand final. However, 2021 star Albina came close. Her electro-pop song “Tick-Tock” placed 11th in its semi-final and missed out on making the grand final by only four points.
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