Ever since 2019, Croatia has selected their Eurovision song and artist through its national selection show Dora. And the trend continues for Eurovision 2023, as broadcaster HRT has confirmed that the show will once again decide the entry. As HRT intensively prepare to find the perfect artist and the perfect song to send in U.K. next year in May, they’ve shared some of the basic rules and the all-important submissions deadline.
As you’d expect, submitted songs cannot be performed or publicly posted anywhere before the competition. Artists can decide what language to perform in, but all of the participants must be citizens of the Republic of Croatia. The application form can be filled in on the HRT website https://www.hrt.hr/prijave/dora. It will remain open until the 20th of November 2023.
An expert jury will evaluate the songs and decide which of them will take part in the national competition. Whoever wins will need to work closely with the broadcaster. The rules stipulate that HRT will have complete control over the staging of the winning song at Eurovision, including the choreography, the use of props and pyrotechnics, the costume designer, and the language in which the winning song will be performed.
The point about the costume designer is of particular interest. You’ll recall that in November 2021, Croatia’s Head of Delegation was axed amid reports she’d overlooked the broadcaster’s in-house designer.
According to Jutarnji, the decision stemmed from the fact that the former HoD 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 cited “unforeseen expenses” on her HRT credit card during Eurovision, which the paper said 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.”
The national selection is expected to take place in February and will be streamed on HRT channel and also on HRT’s website www.hrt.hr.
Back in 2022, Croatia sent Mia Dimšić with the enchanting song “Guilty Pleasure”. She performed in the First Semi-Final, singing in both English and Croatian. The song failed to qualify for the grand final but Mia’s sweet personality and gorgeous voice won her plenty of new fans anyway.
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