The Director General of the Croatian national broadcaster has confirmed that Dora will be returning as the nations selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kazimir Bačić the Director General of HRT confirmed to Jutarnji that Dora will be used as the Croatian selection process for next years Eurovision Song Contest. Speaking to the Newspaper the Director General explained that after a year of programming cuts due to large sporting events that HRT is investing heavily in new entertainment shows for 2019. Among shows returning to the channel are the Voice as well as Dora.
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.
Mr Bačić stated that the show will be hosted in Opatija. In 2018 HRT is reported to have look closely at using Dora as the selection process for Lisbon. Ivo Dujmic the Mayor of Opatija revealed that HRT visited the former venue of Dora numerous times, with Opatija promising financial support for the show.
Croatia was represented by Franka at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. With her song “Crazy”, she finished in 17th place in the semi-final.
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.