Croatian press has revealed that Dora, the Croatian Eurovision selection process will not return to Opatija, despite multiple HRT visits.
Opatija will not be the venue for Dora, following the Croatian national broadcasters current financial situation. Ivo Dujmic the Mayor of Opatija revealed in a meeting earlier this week that despite multiple HRT visits and promises of financial support, the Croatian broadcaster has decided against returning the contest to the city.
Dora which had been previously been used to select Croatia’s entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest between 1993 and 2011 has been held in either Zagreb or Opatija at the Kvarner Hotel. The town had promised the Croatian national broadcaster significant financial support from the town as well as the Tourist Board and local hoteliers to aid hosting the show. In a letter to the Mayor, HRT is reported to have stated that they are now likely to host the competition at a TV studio in Zagreb.
HRT have yet to confirm whether or not they will use Dora to select their entrant for the 2018 contest. The official details on how the Croatian entry for Lisbon are expected to be released in due course.
Dora was previously used to select every Croatian entry from the country’s debut in 1993 until 2011. HRT cancelled the selection after 2011, citing Croatia’s poor results in the last ten years and decreasing public interest. All Croatian entries since then have been chosen through internal selection.
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, they were one of three countries to debut in the contest that year. Croatia’s best result came in 1999 when Doris Dragovic finished 4th in Jerusalem. She performed the song “Marija Magdalena” which scored a total of 118 points, this included 12 points from Slovenia and Spain. Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.