HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has released the rules for Dora 2019.
The submission period is open from November 20 2018 to January 10 2019. Only songs that have not performed in public can compete. The lyrics can be in one of four languages: Croatian, English, French or Italian. Performers should be Croatian nationals and over 16 years of age on the date their entry is submitted. Entries should be sent to Hrvatska radiotelevizija, Prisavlje 3, 10000 Zagreb, with the subject “Za javni natječaj – DORA 2019”. Entries can also be submitted online.
16 participants and 2 back-ups will be chosen from the list of submissions by a professional jury. The jury will include representatives of HGU (Croatian Musicians Union), HDS (Croatian Society of Composers), HRT, music critics, singers with experience at Eurovision, composers and songwriters selected by HRT. They will evaluate the submissions based on their artistic value with an emphasis on the quality of music and lyrics and the entire work.
HRT reserves the right to determine the running order of Dora. During the live broadcast, the winning song will be chosen by public voting and jury voting. Detailed voting regulations will be published no later than January 31.
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 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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.