Croatian broadcaster HRT will reveal the country’s artist for Eurovision 2018 very soon.
According to HRT’s Facebook page the singer will be announced tomorrow (13 February). As a hint, it has been revealed that the singer has previously participated in the Croatian national selection programme, Dora. Two pictures of the mystery artist wearing jeans and a white shirt have led to speculation online about who he or she might be.
Fan speculation suggests that the pictures show Franka, one of the three singers who was rumoured to be in contention to representing Croatia back in January. A recent YouTube video features Franka in a very similar outfit singing her recent hit song S tobom.
Franka Batelić rose to fame in Croatia in 2007 after winning the show Showtime in which Jacques Houdek (Eurovision 2017) was a judge. Franka participated in Dora in 2009 and 2010 and finished in 7th place on both occasions.
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.