Croatia’s Head of Delegation for Eurovision has been removed from her position by the state broadcaster — and Albina is not happy about it.

“You are making a big mistake,” the Eurovision 2021 star wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. In the thread, she went on to describe outgoing HoD Ursula Tolj as a kind person who has been dismissed for the wrong reasons.

“I speak from a personal perspective and know what kind of character and soul she has,” she said. “I think they are making a mistake, but most of all there are absurd reasons and people behind it.”

 

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So what are those reasons? Well according to Jutarnji, it had nothing to do with Croatia’s non-qualification. Instead, the decision stemmed from the fact that Ursula allegedly bypassed HRT’s costume designer Natasa Svekler when choosing Albina’s costume for Rotterdam. She instead went with Juraj Zigman, who isn’t affiliated with the broadcaster.

The paper also cites “unforeseen expenses” on her HRT credit card during Eurovision, which the paper says included paying for lunch for the team at a hotel and the purchase of overalls for Albina’s dancers for the red carpet event “with the intention that our delegation be fashionably harmonised.”

But the tipping point reportedly took place on Croatian soil. The paper says that Ursula announced Dora — the country’s Eurovision 2022 selection — without the blessing of her bosses. It’s said they would have preferred to wait until later in the year when the jury selection was complete.

Naturally this has led to speculation by some insiders that Ursula is being binned over minor missteps and that some within the broadcaster were waiting for any old reason to pounce.

The paper says that Ursula can’t currently provide comment, as she would risk being fired from the broadcaster owing to previous internal conflicts. Besides her stint as HoD, Ursula wears many hats at the broadcaster, as evidenced by her Instagram bio. It’s light on syntax, but heavy on roles: “TV host TV journalist TV editor Songwriter Traveler.”

The broadcaster did confirm to the paper that Ursula is out, and that she will be replaced by Tomislav Stengl — who oversees Dora. It said:

“Your information is correct – by the decision of the HRT Directorate there was a change in the Dora 2022 team, as well as at the head of the Croatian delegation at the Eurosong 2022 – and Ursula Tolj will be replaced by Tomislav Stengl.”

Regardless of the drama in the halls of HRT, Albina is standing by her friend. She shared a snap from the turquoise carpet of her delegation along with these bittersweet words: “You never realise the value of something until you lose it.”

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ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
21 days ago

I hope I’m wrong but this situation/chaos doesn’t seem to bode well for Croatia at Eurovision 2022. Also it’s pretty shocking and rare for a country to already be experiencing turmoil this early in the season because normally at this time the only news that comes out is positive news regarding countries’ selection processes, new changes, etc.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
21 days ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Yes, it does seem like Croatia might be in trouble, and as much as I wanted to see it make a come back for 2022, that might be over before it even began. Unless they miraculously have a great song that actually makes to the final in spite of these problems. I wonder that if Croatia fails again in 2022, that could be the last straw and Croatia might end up withdrawing for a while? It wouldn’t be the first time, Because they didn’t go to eurovision 2014 and 2015

DanyQueen
DanyQueen
23 days ago

To everyone wondering – HRT doesn’t care about Eurovision. Most of the people there are corrupt nepotism babies and criminals. It’s all politics. However annoying and rude Ursula was to the croatian fans, she had somewhat of a vision and wanted to present the country well. It’s honestly just sad.

Denis
Denis
23 days ago

Well if you spend the company money of course you will get sacked. What did she expect?
That said maybe Ursula had a better vision for ESC than whoever replaced her ..

Luc
Luc
23 days ago

I agree with Albina, Ursula might’ve had her flaws, but she was very committed to the contest and to representing Croatia worthily. This is a mistake by the broadcaster.

Croatia
Croatia
24 days ago

Urszula had her flaws, but as the head of the delegation she had an idea for a competition, unfortunately now she will be replaced by the former chairman, who treated Eurovision as a summer vacation and I have concerns whether this situation will affect Croatia during Eurovision because during his tenure there was a huge defeat known in Croatia Franki

Branko86
Branko86
23 days ago
Reply to  Croatia

Franki? What do you mean? What happened in Croatia during his tenure?

123
123
23 days ago
Reply to  Branko86

Franka was Croatia’s worst result ever and he was the hod that year…

Last edited 23 days ago by 123
Croatia
Croatia
22 days ago
Reply to  123

I say that during the term of office of the former head of delegation in 2018, Croatia had the worst result, and the head of the delegation himself treated Eurovision as a trip or vacation, I did not see any form of promotion by the chairman of the delegation, he did not take the competition seriously, and now the public television chose him again

Marcus
Marcus
24 days ago

Maybe Damir Kedzo and Nina Kraljic will decide to return after being wronged, some say. This has become a scandal in Croatia.

Una
Una
24 days ago
Reply to  Marcus

Damir <3 Nina <3

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
21 days ago
Reply to  Marcus

Although Nina has said she “has outgrown that by all means”, deep down I hope she changes her mind. But ONLY when she herself feels it’s the right time and moment as she has a great sense of that.
Btw she has recently worked with BBC Earth and Netflix for the soundtrack of their documentaries: “Universe” where she voices a red dwarf star, and “The river runner”. And has co-composed and sung a song for the short animation “Sabina: Prey for the hunter”.

Last edited 21 days ago by There is a light guiding my way
Meckie
Meckie
24 days ago

Weren’t there some scandals at Dora 2021 that she preferred Albina over Nina or Bernarda, Nina could only hear TickTock on her earphones in rehearsals, telephone lines were manipulated in Albinas favour and Bernarda is on a black list, so she couldn’t win and the female rapper in Dora 2021 was refused to have her dancers on stage, because of Corona protocol, even though she and her father protested? Quite a lot of scandals for a single HoD, isn’t it, you see?

Roodi
Roodi
24 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

get over it

Pedro
Pedro
24 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

What I heard about Brigita Vuco (the female rapper) is that her team wasn’t informed on time that her dancers needed a neg covid test to get into the hall during rehearsals. They didn’t bring it, so she performed alone.
But all this, at the second year of DORA make it seem suspicious, though.

Whisker
Whisker
23 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

That rings a giant, loud bell.

khm
khm
23 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

There were problem for everyone, even Albina. For instance, I called 10 times for Albina and at least five votes weren’t counted. As for the rest: – Nina had a screamfest and a mess on stage, not to mention she still hasn’t pad her dancers even even fought one of them before Dora. Also, the earphone story has been changed literally every post. First she said half an hour (lie because the rehearsal lasted 20 minutes), then she said another duration. – Bernarda had a song that was rejected by at least three countries. The only reason why she wasn’t… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
24 days ago

Ok I don’t get everything about “this drama” but why part with someone new in the role of HOD and take over someone who once had that role and was not very effective. Change and a new approach is always better than staying in the old patterns and this new HOD had succeeded in this new approach to modernity. Dora 2021 (except the drama) and Albina’s staging are the proof of that imo. So if you want and need to change the HOD again, go again with somebody new not with the old, his approach was really not the best… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Esc addict
Bart
Bart
24 days ago

Can we discuss why Albina didn’t made it (just one spot away on 11th) so almost made it. I think it had to do with vocals, just before ‘ticktock’ she screams instead of a clear voice I think that’s bit painful. But the rest of the song was amazing!

Whisker
Whisker
24 days ago
Reply to  Bart

Norway got enough points from Azerbaijan to make it thru, all thanks to the Tix and Efendi fauxmance. Poor Albina. Nina’s song could have stood out big time, the Tick Tock song was average.

Bart
Bart
23 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Yes I was all in favour for Nina to win too!

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
22 days ago
Reply to  Bart

The truth is that Albina’s live vocals were one of the weakest that night along with Sweden, Cyprus and Ireland.

khm
khm
24 days ago

The reasons for her sack are BSs. It’s all about politics.

Una
Una
24 days ago

Quite the *scandal* at Dora 2021. Hopefully things will look better in 2022.

Eugenie
Eugenie
24 days ago

I can understand Albina’s disappointment, but they didn’t fire her because she’s “unkind soul”. They fired her because you don’t spend money of the company you work in the way you want to.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
24 days ago

We’ll see if this decision to sack her will hurt Croatia in 2022.

Last edited 24 days ago by BadWoolfGirl
Una
Una
24 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Just a comment (not what you’re saying): I think it’s a bit concerning to put the “fate” of a selection in the hands of just one person. It looked like Ukraine had a really awesome guy for the past years but he is not involved anymore.

I would like to think that changes are always made for the better – not only results but also innovation.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 days ago
Reply to  Una

We’d like to think that too, but sometimes changes can go for the worst depending on how things go. You said there was an An awesome guy that helped Ukraine, but he doesn’t work there anymore. When did he leave? Was it before or after GO_A’s chance at Eurovision.

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I am not sure about when he left – IIRC it happened after Eurovision 2021. He was responsible for Ukraine’s success with Go_A as well. Mygod, Ukraine delivered big time these past years.

One of these articles might be helpful:

https://wiwibloggs.com/2021/08/30/ukraine-broadcasters-suspilne-stb-end-vidbir-partnership/266498/

https://wiwibloggs.com/2021/07/13/ukraines-go_a-had-to-be-convinced-to-apply-for-eurovision/265997/

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
23 days ago
Reply to  Una

Whoever is His successor is going to have some big shoes to fill, and while I know I shouldn’t be worried or excited about anything till songs are out yet, this sounds a little worrying for Ukraine. What if 2022 to end up being the year Ukraine fails to qualify Because of an incompetent successor?

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Big shoes to fill: yes. I would hope that Ukraine will do a good job in 2022. We don’t even have the songs and artists yet.

Una
Una
23 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

My comment is awaiting moderation – check the article about *Ruslan Kvinta* published on wiwi on July 13, 2021.

There is a light guiding my way
There is a light guiding my way
22 days ago
Reply to  Una

Speaking about Kvinta, there were some speculations among Ukrainian public that Go_A have made that infamous rewamp for Solovey following his advices, as he is known for wanting “polished” and radio-friendly songs, but I don’t know how close to the truth are those, also Go_A were given way more artistic freedom for 2021…

eurana
eurana
24 days ago

Fact: I hated the Albina and dancers costumes at Eurovision.
I loved the Albina and dancers costumes at Dora.

Aeria
Aeria
24 days ago
Reply to  eurana

If it’s your opinion that doesn’t make it a fact ^^’

Whisker
Whisker
24 days ago
Reply to  Aeria

Eurana hating the outfits is a fact. not an opinion. An opinion would go something like “Albina’s and the dancers’ costumes were ugly”.

Marcus
Marcus
24 days ago
Reply to  eurana

The same

DanyQueen
DanyQueen
24 days ago

Just to add that the song selection announcement HAD to be approved by the higher-ups, which it was.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
24 days ago

hrt’s loss honestly. miss ursula knows how to do her job.