Dora 2022 Croatia

Zdravo from Opatija! Croatia’s broadcaster HRT has just revealed the names of the 14 artists who will compete at Dora 2022, the country’s Eurovision selection show.

The list of names sees many returnees, including Mia Negovetić, Bernarda and ToMa. This will be both Mia’s and Bernarda’s third consecutive attempt to represent Croatia at Eurovision. But Dora will also be keeping things fresh with debuts from up and coming talents like Marko Bosnjak, Tia and Jessie.

Our Wednesday Wishlist pick Mia Dimsic will debut at Dora 2022. She will sing “Guilty Pleasure”, a country pop song in English written by Mia and some other prominent local songwriters. The singer from Osijek decided to send a song that’s been “standing in a drawer for some time and is very dear to her heart“. She’s looking for a new experience regardless of the outcome.

Despite previous rumours that suggested otherwise, Damir Kedzo will not be returning to the Opatija stage this February. His management dismissed the speculation was dismissed a few days before the reveal.

A jury made up of Zeljko Mesar, Robert Urlic and Zlatko Turkalj from HRT, Aljosa Seric from Hrvatsko drustvo skladatelja (the Croatian Society of Composers) and Antonela Doko from Hrvatska glazbena unija (the Croatian Music Union) whittled down a record 184 entries to just 14.

Croatia’s Dora 2022: competing acts

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Mia Negovetic – „Forgive Me (Oprosti)“ (Mia Negovetic/Laurell Barker/Denniz Jamm/Andreas Stone Johansson)
  • Mia Dimsic – „Guilty Pleasure“ (Mia Dimsic/Vjekoslav Dimter/Damir Bacic/Ante Gelo)
  • Bernarda – „Here for Love“ (Bernarda Brunovic/Adriana Pupavac/Andreas Bjorkman/Karl Persson/Jonas Ekdahl/Aidan O’Connor)
  • Tina Vukov – „Hideout“ (Rejhan Okanovic/Tomislav Gojanovic/Josipa Vujevic)
  • Eric Vidovic – „I Found You“ (Eric Vidovic/Filip Vidovic/Gordan Dragic)
  • Ella Oreskovic – „If You Go Away“ (Sinisa Reljic – Simba)
  • ToMa – „In the Darkness“ (Adriana Pupavac/Andreas Bjorkman/Tomislav Maric/Aidan O’Connor/Samuel Runsteen)
  • Mila Elegovic – „Ljubav“ (Bruno Krajcar)
  • Roko Vuskovic – „Malo Kasnije“ (Predrag Martinjak/Roko Vuskovic/Jan Sinjor Cetkovic)
  • Marko Bosnjak – „Moli za Nas“ (Vlaho Arbulic/Mihović Sostaric)
  • Jessie – „My Next Mistake“ (Silvio Pasaric/Jessica Atlic – McColgan)
  • Elis Lovric – „No War“ (Anthony Kukuljan/Elis Lovric/Sandi Bratonja)
  • Zdenka Kovacicek – „Stay on the Bright Side“ (Adi Karas/Elvis Srsen NoA/Zvonimir Bajevic/Jurica Hotko)
  • Tia – „Voli me do Neba“ (Vlaho Arbulic/Mihovil Sostaric)

As with every year since its 2019 return, there is a list of four reserve acts who will step in if any of the other acts are forced to quit the show. In the past this reserve list has been used twice — in 2019 and 2020.

Dora 2022 reserve acts

  • Karlo Vudric – „3AM“ (Karlo Vudric/Hrvoje Domazet)
  • Vyan – „Gladiator“ (Ronny Svendson/Anne Judith Stokke Wik/Nermin Harambasic)
  • Totalni Optimizam – „What If“ (Marko Mihaljevic/Neil Patrick O’Hagan/Mario Mihaljevic)
  • Stella Schollaja – „Ghost“ (Stella Schollaja)

HRT has not said when the songs will be revealed. In 2021, the broadcaster published the one-minute snippets of each song one week before the show. It is most likely that we won’t hear the songs in full before the live broadcast of the Dora grand final.

The grand final of Dora 2022 is set to take place on February 19 2022 live from Opatija.

Are you happy with the acts? Will you be watching Dora next year? Make sure to leave your comment down below!

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Susi
Susi
8 months ago

I am just sad that Bernada included her song in other countries. I think when you want to compete – try just for one country…

FEGYO
FEGYO
9 months ago

I’m totally in love with Nina, Albina and Filip Rudan. I hope that Dora 2022 will bring me another favourite . I’ve been to Croatia countless times and I love the country

PP77
PP77
9 months ago

No Huljic song again in Dora. Last his song was in 2019 and his son song was in 2020.

Heartbeater
Heartbeater
9 months ago

I think it’s Mia negovetic turn to win

Thanos
Thanos
9 months ago

For some reason my responses below are awaiting moderation. I was saying that I read it in the Eurovisionworld calendar. They haven’t yet specified the date but they say that both song and artist will be announced during December.

Thanos
Thanos
9 months ago

Off topic: Montenegro will release both its song and artist during December! This could mean that we might have three songs before the Albanian entry is revealed, which is surely almost unprecedented lol. And we could have a grand total of 4 songs before the new year, which is rare as well!

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

That’s so cool! Considering how many NFs we have this season, early releases are a blessing. Montenegro has a really polarizing track record for me, which makes them interesting. Good luck! 🙂

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

Really? Where did you find out about this? Is there a date when Montenegro will reveal their Act and song?

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

we complain about melodifestivalen but it’s the same people every year at dora too haha hope they have something worthy there ! mia dimsic is a huge star so i think expectations from her are sky high.

Kåre Eriksen
9 months ago

No Nina ?

Meckie
Meckie
9 months ago

Wasn’t Bernarda put on some black list by HoD???

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Yes, because she didn’t bribe her. Now that HoD is blacklisted herself. Everyday HRT life!

Last edited 9 months ago by Iv***
Alonso
Alonso
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

what happened?

Kosey
Kosey
9 months ago

Really pleased to see Ella Oreskovic in the list. She had my favourite song in Dora last year, she just needs to work on her stage performance, where hopefully a year’s experience has helped.

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

I always wondered… is Bernarda blind? Because she’s always looking at nothing and is so stale on stage

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

I think she is blind. That’s why she wears sunglasses

Jribicic
Jribicic
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

Yes, she’s blind

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

You could always ask google before writing rude and mean comments…

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

What’s so rude about asking?

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

If you really think that saying ”she’s always looking at nothing and is so stale on stage” isn’t rude while suspecting she might be blind…

Last edited 9 months ago by willchrisiam
Luc
Luc
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

The action of asking isn’t rude itself, but this kind of topics is delicate. You should’ve asked tactfully.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago

How could have they missed that typo in their press release?
My Nekt Mistake
Let’s just hope that’s the biggest mistake they make this ESC season…

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

I am afraid the songs and the artist are the bigger mistake.

Last edited 9 months ago by Iv***
Dani
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

I think it’s a pun, it’s an intentional “mistake”.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago
Reply to  Dani

I thought about that but everyone has that song listed as My Next Mistake. Also what does nekt even mean?

MarionParoo Too
MarionParoo Too
9 months ago

I’m not gonna lie, my teeth clenched a bit when I saw one of the songs was called Pray For Us (Moli Za Nas). I’m really hoping it’s sarcastic XD

Karen
Karen
9 months ago

I hope they learned their lesson and don’t send something in English.

I’m not optimistic, as the majority of these song titles are in English. Ugh.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Karen

You have to understand the mindset of the HRT that works like this: Ok, this are the things that work, that do well, that have proven to be a guarantee for success. HRT interprets it like this: Ok, let’s do the opposite of that!

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Karen

As a native speaker, I have to say that all depends on the song for me. My favorite two Croatian ESC songs from this decade are Lighthouse, which is in English, and Tick-Tock, which is mostly in English. Then again, we had some amazing entries in Croatian too – Neka mi ne svane, Vukovi umiru sami, Romanca, Lijepa Tena. Of course that I would like to hear our beautiful langauge represented more often, but I have to put the song quality first. The sad fact is that about 50% of modern festival music in Croatian has terrible lyrics about seduction,… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Colin
Thanos
Thanos
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I really like Balkan ballads and Lijepa Tena is in my top 3 of 2009 (and 2009 is a strong year so that’s really something). Damir Kedzo’s entry, Lighthouse and Romanca are my three other favourite Croatian entries. All in all, I prefer songs in Croatian, but I am really in favor of language variety in the contest in general, so I am not surprised.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Thanos

Lijepa Tena is my 5th from 2009. Croatian delegation really gave their A-game that year. 🙂

Lighthouse is also my 5th from 2016. Too bad that the dress was distracting, and that Nina had a cold.

Romanca is my 10th/11th from 2008. Such a beautiful and lyrically powerful song. Very underrated.

Last edited 9 months ago by Colin
Thanos
Thanos
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Croatia can really send some really amazing entries! Even The Dream that was not that well-received by the fanbase was a song I pretty much enjoyed. Let’s see what your country comes up with this year!

Last edited 9 months ago by Thanos
Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Oh dear God. That’s frightening.

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Do you think Dora has the FiK issue in terms of not allowing more original songs to compete? I’ve noticed that even the most contemporary entries selected are more on the safe side. Nina was the one I felt was taking actual risks last year.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’d say that the problem Dora has is somewhat different from the one FiK has. The Dream, Divlji vjetre and Tick Tock are not of the same genre, and the performers are in the various degrees of their careers, with Roko being a newcomer, Damir a veteran, and Albina an emerging star. There’s no *crowning achievement award* by the juries in the same way that it appears so in FiK. Still, there is a certain lack of understanding of what makes for an instant impact. A lot of the Dora songs are either very safe, albeit pleasant, or creative, but… Read more »

Sabrina
Sabrina
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Let’s hope there are at least a few competitive entries like last year (besides Albina and Nina, I remember Bernarda’s song building a fanbase too). I agree that they should consider releasing the songs earlier. Being a one night only show and having 14 acts, the truth is that I barely remember most of last year’s entries.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Your last sentence speaks for the “quality” of Dora!

Meckie
Meckie
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Which song had 75% dislikes???

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

I guess all of them.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Impossible to verify now (thanks, You Tube, sarcastically said I), but Brigita’s, Tony’s, and Sandi’s songs had over half of dislikes, and Bojan & Ashley’s had over 75%. Not that the number of dislikes is everything, but that’s certainly a hint that some tactics need to be rethinked.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Conditions a Dora song has to meet: BEING ABSOLUTELY FORGETTABLE. BEING UTTERLY DULL. That’s the path to victory at Dora.

Last edited 9 months ago by Iv***
Meckie
Meckie
9 months ago
Reply to  Karen

Song titles can be English, but song can still be in another language. It happened before.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

The only one i remember is the French masterpiece from 1990: White and black blues.

Saara
Saara
9 months ago

I hope Ella has learned something from her last performance, she looked like she didn’t want to be there at all last time

Meckie
Meckie
9 months ago
Reply to  Saara

Probably her father payed so she can go to Dora every year until she wins. He was president of country or so.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Prime minister, not president.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Ex-prime minister, but he has very little influence now, as he was infamously fired after only a couple of months in office (now that was a drama worth of a Hollywood movie). That was a a few years back.
Ella is a newcomer to the business, and she was very shy. I think that she wanted to be there, but had to overcome her stage fright. Even so, she was rather good. I am looking forward to what she’ll do this year.

Last edited 9 months ago by Colin
Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago

Another disaster in the offing! After 4 non English song finished in the top 5 in 2021, Dora (= Izbor pjesme za blamažu Hrvatske) has 99.9 % of the songs in English. The stupidity of the HRT is simply unprecedented.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

And seeing how well Croatia has done with Croatian language since 2010 with exactly 0 songs in final it makes sense. Beside Croatia is a international country, if they want English let them have it.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Nothing against English, if it is incorporated in a good song. In the case of Croatia, it only makes everything worse. It’s simply embarrassing. If you a doomed to go under, go under with some pride!

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

You are absolutely right !

Colin
Colin
9 months ago

A lot of returning names from last time (Mia N., ToMa, Bernarda, Eric, Ella), as well as a few returning ones with a year or two pause (Zdenka, Elis). Tina Vukov is a really good singer who returns after awhile. Mia Dimsic is a quite familiar name, but I’m not that acquainted with her music. Mila Elegovic is primarily a famous actress, so I have no idea what to expect. I don’t think I recognize the rest. In any case, it’s a solid line-up, but it really depends on the songs too. I hope we hear them soon.

Last edited 9 months ago by Colin
Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I don’t agree. It’s a solid road to another disaster for the HRT.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

That’s also a possibility, of course. Actually, Dora 2019 was a total trainwreck, with the next two upping the standard little by little. With a change of HoD, IDK where this is going. By a solid line-up, I meant the artists – Mia, Zdenka, Bernarda, Tina, ToMa, ect. are capable of having good songs. The question remains on the songs themselves, as we haven’t heard them yet.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I guess we are not going to come to an agreement. I simply do not think such capabilities exist when it comes to Dora or better said HRT.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

HRT has yet to catch-up with some of the other delegations, I agree. I still think that we have to hear the songs first, as some of these vocalists are quite good on their own.

euroboy
euroboy
9 months ago

I’m so excited for Bernarda and Mia. I really liked Colors, though the 2022 song is not written by Milanov. But was kinda disappointed with Mia last year, she did it much better with ‘When it comes to you’

Last edited 9 months ago by euroboy
Jack Popfield
Jack Popfield
9 months ago

Hope to see Mia Negovetic striking third time lucky, she’s such a talent!

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack Popfield

I hope she “wins” Dora and “proves” her “talent” in Turin by becoming even worse than the wag with hear crime against humanity called “Crazy” back in 2018 and we once and for all will be let in peace by that “talent”!

123
123
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

What’s your problem? Did your song get rejected or something? Lol

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  123

I guess my problem is being too realistc.

Sara
Sara
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

“being too realistic” wow, what a narcissist, you really think you’re something else don’t you. Embarrassing

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

I miss Damir Kedzo so much…

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

We all do, but I think at this point, he’s just moving on. It is a real shame that he isn’t trying out for another chance to represent Croatia at Eurovision, but if that’s his choice, we have to respect it.

Bart
Bart
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

He said last year that he wanted to come back but could not find the right song for it yet

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Bart

That didn’t keep him away from entering in 2020.

Max
Max
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

lol

123
123
9 months ago

Great line up with many young artist! I’m excited for Marko and Tia whose songs were written by Vlaho who makes great, modern and polished songs. Also, both Mia’s are great. Negovetic’s attempt with Laurell might be a gamble since she is a ‘hit or miss’ author and Dimsic is a successful artist in Croatia who has sweet songs which always remind me of something Denmark would send. In a good way. Bernarda, Ella, ToMa and Eric are people who I don’t mind returning, but I think they have to improve on their performances and/or songs from last year. I’m… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by 123
Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  123

Don’t get too excited, otherwise you’ll have quite a fall in May.

123
123
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

Nobody cares about your trolling…

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  123

123 obviously does. 🙂

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
9 months ago

I hope Croatia can send a great song that will do well at Eurovision but given their poor track record at Eurovision and the chaos that occurred at the broadcaster with the HOD being fired I’m not so sure.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Hopefully there are some good songs in the selection so that creations have some options, but even a good song might not qualify if everything else is chaotic.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Good songs are sorted out in advance. They cannot enter the Dora “festival”.

Aeria
Aeria
9 months ago

Many returning competitors whom I found better than Albina last year, so that gives me hope. Bernarda, Mia Negovetic and ToMa. Would’ve liked to see Damir Kedzo again, given his 2020 victory kind of got swiped under his feet with 2020’s cancellation and all.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Aeria

Kedzo and Eurovision: One of the very, very, very few really good things brought by the pandemic.

Leoni445
Leoni445
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

You have no taste lmao

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

Swedish songs even in Croatia – thank you, next….

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Don’t see it like that. Sweden has really the highst standards when it comes to recycling of waste.

Branko86
Branko86
9 months ago

Laurell Barker in yet another country. So, here we go again!

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Branko86

Another lost year for Croatia, I´m sorry….

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Branko86

Who is that?

Meckie
Meckie
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

Laurell Barker is songwriter for Mia. She also wrote UK 2019, Switzerland 2019, Germany 2019 and many many more songs.

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

I see. UK 2019, Germany 2019? That speaks for itself!

Croatia
Croatia
9 months ago

I am disappointed with the list of only a few candidates they are a good choice in my opinion, most are unknown artists, I keep my fingers crossed for Mia Dimsic to go, I hope for her promotion in Turin during Eurovision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPPIDAUUnUg I adore

Denis
Denis
9 months ago

Always here for Negovetic, such talent. Hopefully third time is the charm.
That said it is a pretty good line- up that looks to be as good as last year..

Last edited 9 months ago by Denis
Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

If you search with an ultra powerful magnifying glass, you may discover some teeny-weeny signs of talent.

Last edited 9 months ago by Iv***
Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Iv***

You must be a very postive person in general by your comments..

Iv***
Iv***
9 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Positivity in regards to Dora?! IMPOSSIBILE! With Dora I am just extremly realistic. Glad if proven wrong in May, but so far I was always right. Unfortunately.