HRT has revealed more details regarding Dora 2019 and the rules for songs wishing to take part in the show.
The Croatian national broadcaster explained that songs in English, French, Italian and Croatian will be accepted for Dora 2019. This is in addition to previously announced rules allowing foreign composers to take part in the competition.
Furthermore, songs for Dora 2019 must be in a completed format when they are submitted to HRT. The Croatian national broadcaster will not be accepting demo versions, with demos not progressing further in to the selection process for Eurovision 2019.
According to local media reports earlier in October, HRT is working with Opatija to host the 2019 edition of the competition, with the show scheduled to take place over three nights. Each night of Dora will feature a different style of music, the breakdown of each night is as follows:
- Night One – Chansons and Optaija Serenades with the Symphony Orchestra
- Night Two – Dora classics
- Night Three – Entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
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 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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.