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The time has come for Croatia to begin its selection for Eurovision. Dora 2024 kicked off with semi-final 1 on Thursday evening.

Night one of the competition saw 12 acts competing for eight spots in Sunday’s grand final.

The lucky finalists include last year’s winners Let 3, who brought Eurovision 2006 star Severina onto the stage for an appearance towards the end of their performance.

Dora 2024: Semi-final 1 results

The decision of who qualified to the grand final was entirely down to the public. They chose eight acts to progress, which were:

Non-qualifiers

Who were your favourites from semi-final 1? Can any of these acts go on to win the grand final? Let us know in the comments.

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Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago

my favourites of last night were Sasa Lozar – Ne Placem Zbog Nje (am a sucker for oldschool balkan ballads, very lovely melancholical ones especially) Mario & Robert – Vodu Piti Trizan Biti (it is a good bop, bit of a male konstrakta vibe in its own way especially with the chorus) Let 3 – Baba Roga (i have a weak for little people, this looked like such a cute performance, reminding me kinda of Pierre Kartner/Father Abraham with his Smurfs song but then more crazy and uptempo, also kinda reminding me of the oompa loompa’s in willy wonka and… Read more »

Henry
Henry
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

These two elderly chaps somehow managed to be better than Konstrakta.

idk
idk
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Choices.

Croat
Croat
1 month ago

Horrendous semifinal 1. Disgusting! I feel so ashamed how the national broadcaster HRT represents, humiliates my wonderful homeland of Croatia. One would say that our people cannot sing at all, which is not true. They just tend to select mediocre songs and, even worse, horrible singers. Shame eon you, HRT! 🙁

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Croat

Don’t worry, it takes only one good song to win the whole thing.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Croat

Disgusting is taking it to far I think

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

I swear to god, if Let 3 wins again…

Julia
Julia
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

Croatia would have done the most scandalous thing this Eurovision season before Eurovision season even starts 😀

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Vivian

Baby Lasagna will win, 110% sure about that

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Hopefully you are right for once

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

I do not get it. They invested in stage, they invested in bringing Slimane and tomorrow Raiven. And yet they keep male host who, despite being good in general, has been outdated for thisnkind of show. Girl was actually nice, but not very experienced. Also, audience… they should have done something to boost the atmosphere a bit. Lastly sound and graphics….

Overall it is a bit of improvement, but just half way…

barbabietola
barbabietola
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

Duško is a legend, you should hear him swoon over his favourites and diss anything remotely interesting while commenting ESC

MissYou_MrTakeItAway
MissYou_MrTakeItAway
1 month ago

I think there was no need to do semis this time. That Misha (One Day) act was soooo amateurish, to mention one example.

Julia
Julia
1 month ago

And is it possible that the “back up” instead of Jaja situation was a publicity stunt?
I am sorry if this seems ignorant, I am just trying to understand the situation. My mind can’t comprehend 😀

Never been this invested in the Croatian selection, though 😀

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

I get where you are coming from… but seeing yesterday show, do you really think HRT would be capable of pulling something like that off??

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

I liked most of the songs, but the sound quality waan’t great. That woman’s voice crack being doubled because of the sound mixing problems, that’s just too much. Also, wrong songs qualified. Sasa Lozar and Let3 – with all due respect, you didn’t deserve to be anywhere near the final if Barbara or “Baby baby” singer don’t make it first.

Julia
Julia
1 month ago

Okay, I am getting a tad worried for Baby Lasagna.
If the broadcaster managed to chose these songs over his, god knows what the jury might pull on Sunday.

I read that the jury accounts for 50% of the result, along with an international jury??

Can anybody, croatian perhaps, can help me understand, what is the vibe, how likely is the scenario that Baby Lasagna wins the televote but not the whole thing??

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

Most of the years juries agreed with voters so you should not worry.
Last year people thought Let 3 would be let down by juries but they won the juries too

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

not worried for Baby Lasagna at all, LOL

landslide win here

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

The jury is split in half, so the televoters have the biggest share at 50%

Julia
Julia
1 month ago

That’s good news. I think the international jury + public will do the job

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

Yeah, I reckon the international jury might like Marco. Hopefully someone from Wiwi was involved because THEY LOVE HIM

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Julia

As Baba Roga fan I think Baby Lasagna will still win, but Let 3 will get lots of points too.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

As a Croatian I sincerely apologize to everyone that had to witness that last night.

FondaCox
FondaCox
1 month ago

Croatia should get over their fascination with this lot!

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

MY GOD, that was awful

Edd
Edd
1 month ago

I want to hear songs in Croatian, NOT English. Terrible!

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

Some countries should not do national finals… period. Everything about this is tragic.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

why is Croatia doing semifinals? The quality is so bad…

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

exactly

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

And they know it. But this is a cheap way of having a show streched over three days. The hype is real and this is probably the most this show’s been talked about in forever. The ratings will be good.
Overall, there’s half a dozen songs with at least some replay value, the rest totally skipable and/or embarrassing.

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
1 month ago

Slimane randomly getting to sing 3 songs in another country ‘s nf ?

stm
stm
1 month ago
Reply to  Btzbtz

It’s very smart. People who watch Dora will watch Eurovision and remember hime and subsequently vote. Countries who send their acts to perform at other countries selections are doing the smartest thing.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  stm

Unless you are Anggun who in 2012 managed to visit almost every country and got zero points for it.
So there is overexposure

stm
stm
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

Her song wasn’t as good and I think Slimane has way more potential.

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  stm

This song is classic French song, I don’t see why it would be different, or do better than others. He is a good singer, but this is boring and already seen so many times, it is not memorable at all.

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  stm

Her song was excellent, she only didn’t come across live.

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 month ago

Among the qualifiers this evening my favorite song is that of Vinko.
In all that, bravo to the Coatie for their fair play and for inviting Slimane to sing “Mon amour”, especially since he gave an impressive performance. Suddenly the audience was with him, it was quite funny.

barbabietola
barbabietola
1 month ago
Reply to  CyxCy

At one point, when asked who should go to the finals the audience shouted “Slimane”

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago
Reply to  barbabietola

Lmao. That’s iconic.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

It was a very dire show. But I still enyoed it and the best songs went through. Let 3 was best and brought the show to life.
I at least appreciate the effort of having semifinal and increasing the interest for ESC in Croatia

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

barbara was robbed as hell

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

not the voice crack during lanas permormance

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

I’m surprised Erna didn’t get through based on vocals but then again it mostly went as planned with the qualifiers. Yeah I agree we shouldn’t be having these semi finals. Who even is picking the songs to go through?

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago

the public

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago
Reply to  snowflake

Is it just 100% public for the semi finals?

jerry
jerry
1 month ago

Yes

Benji
Benji
1 month ago

Mario Battifiaca & Robert Ferlin as well as Sasa Lozar are well-known in Croatia. Erna is not, that’s why she didn’t qualify although she was better.

Nobody important
Nobody important
1 month ago

Friendly reminder that all of these songs were picked over Baby Lasagna who was a backup. HRT, get some help.

Bryan
Bryan
1 month ago

Slimane what the voice ommggggg , the final is amazing ?????

duxx
duxx
1 month ago

This was one disaster of a show. The only positive thing was Slimane.

Why
Why
1 month ago
Reply to  duxx

Alumnae was a let down too with that shaky performance. I mean the vocals were not found…

Zac
Zac
1 month ago
Reply to  duxx

Who even watched it all? I switched it off straight after Let3, even their performance was bad as f. Sucha bad show, bad hosts, bad production and the songs cant even be called that – songs…

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

LOL…. Before the last finalist announced… hosts asked audience who they want to see in final and they screamed Slimane

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

And then the worst vocalist of the evening qualified.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Severina looks like she hasn’t aged a day. Love her.

Kor
Kor
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

She is like good wine 😀

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

The majority of songs qualifying makes the semis even more unnecessary.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

I’ve lost interest now, to be honest.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Which is not to say I do not appreciate all the effort put into this final, the staging, the acts, the songs etc. It is better than a lot. I’m just having an off night. Even Slimane didn’t do it for me. See you next time, Croatia.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

This semi had an off night, too.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

The best is yet to come.

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
1 month ago

Slimane’s revamp is breathtaking. What a performer… Especially after Croatian disasters.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago
Reply to  WhiteSox

If he does at Eurovision what he did today at the end of the song… Watch out for Paris 2025

Ultima Thule
Ultima Thule
1 month ago
Reply to  Mqe

Wishful thinking. For me and several other people watching that stepping down from the microphone was a complete cringe moment.

WhiteSox
WhiteSox
1 month ago
Reply to  Ultima Thule

Return of The Troll. Every year’s remake. Snore.

Ari
Ari
1 month ago

Croatia should actively target its best songwriters and biggest singers again, really try to get the Dora glory days back. They host three shows on prime time, so clearly, they care at least a little bit about Eurovision. It’s gotta be hard to maintain public interest with such a dire bunch, though. Glad Pavel made the final.

Vjera Brdar
Vjera Brdar
1 month ago
Reply to  Ari

Nah, they don’t like being pitted against each other and they especially don’t like losing, so they just don’t bother with inviting famous/most prestigeous names. I mean, it’s a public thing and anyone can participate.
All you need is two or three songs worthy of ESC and this year didnt’t disappoint. We have Baba Roga and Rim Tim and hopefully the latter gets to go to Malmo.

Why
Why
1 month ago

Croatia, I need an hour of my life compensated… please explain yourself

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Why his Slimane performing his song twice?

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Or maybe my stream has just gone backwards. I don’t know.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yep, seems I missed the results because I was watching Mon Amour twice. I am smart.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago

DON’T SLEEP ON SLIMANE THIS YEAR. Damn!

Why
Why
1 month ago
Reply to  Mqe

Honestly, I almost fell asleep. Was expecting better vocals from hime. Snooze fest for sure

Colin H
Colin H
1 month ago

They are definitely getting their money’s worth from Slimane.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

The interview with Slimane is not riveting. Ask him about Israel. Just kidding.

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago

Slimane came to this weak Semi listening this awful songs…. So embarrassing.. helppppp

John
John
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddi

He was polite and said he couldn’t pick one. (Translation: they were all horrific).

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  John

He said they all deserved to win. What a liar.

Lawrence Gibb
Lawrence Gibb
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

I believe it’s called being diplomatic.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Lawrence Gibb

I wasn’t serious. Honesty is not always the best policy, I know.

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

Audience was more engaged with Slimane 😀

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Slimane was kinda boring tonight, I’m sorry. I’ve always liked it up to now.

Mqe
Mqe
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

You mean when he literally stepped 2 metres away from the microphone and sang his bloody soul out with no backing track? Yeah…

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Mqe

His vocals are passion were not the problem.

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

It just fell kinda flat and empty.

Why
Why
1 month ago
Reply to  Mqe

And your point is..? The production team just turned the volume up of the microphone. His voice was really shaky and the intonation was off. A massive let down for me

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
1 month ago

Very weak voices from most of the singers here apart from two or three.

I hope Baby Lasagna can school ’em tomorrow. It would be SOOOOO satisifying.

Milla
Milla
1 month ago

What if they suck live too?

Colin H
Colin H
1 month ago

Croatia. Semi finalists all leave the building after hearing Slimane lol.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Severina is the biggest star in Croatia and ex-Yu, her appearance in Let 3 performance is BIG

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

OMG Severina was iconic!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago

Does Let 3’s song have a social message, if so, what?

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago
Reply to  Jonas

i think its about ai

Colin H
Colin H
1 month ago

Such a good singer ?

John
John
1 month ago

Slimane is sublime

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Omg I didn’t know Slimane is coming! So happy I’m watching! My winner this year.

EUROFAN MEXICO
1 month ago

Let 3 ¿comino Backstreet Witherspoon triste? I can t Believe

Eve
Eve
1 month ago

Well, let3 to the final but the rest, I have no clue. Extremly weak semi to say it soft.

Kor
Kor
1 month ago

For final:

Stefany, Erna, Eugen, Vinko, Barbara, Let 3, Lana, Pavel

That is by running order.

But best Vinko for sure!

snowflake
snowflake
1 month ago
Reply to  Kor

no, vinko is overrated af

Zac
Zac
1 month ago

This is the worst line up I have ever heard. Even Let 3 let me down. I am Croatian and I switched this show straight after Let3. It is painful to watch…

Eve
Eve
1 month ago
Reply to  Zac

San Marino 1st semi on Monday was worse ))

John
John
1 month ago

Eugen’s song was a nice Balkan ballad – I wish he would have been vocally better.

Colin H
Colin H
1 month ago

Misha to win.