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Croatia: Rules for Dora 2019 to be Released on Tuesday

HRT has confirmed that the full rules for Dora 2019 will be revealed this Tuesday at a press conference.

HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, will reveal the rules of Dora 2019 this Tuesday. The broadcaster had already confirmed that songs can be performed in English, French, Italian or Croatian, with foreign songwriters allowed to participate in the competition.

HRT is currently determening whether the show will be returning to Opatija, or if Zagreb should host the competition. Opatija hosted the contest when it was first held in 1993. The show would not be held at the Kvarner hotel which used to host the show, but in a new arena which would replicate the feeling of the hotel. If not the HRT studios in Zagreb would likely host the show.

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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.

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