HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has revealed the sixteen acts that will take part in Dora 2019.
The 16 competing artists are:
- Elis Lovrić – All I Really Want
- Luka Nižetić – Amorero brutalero
- Gelato Sisters – Back to the Swing
- 4 Tenora – Brod bez imena (Ship without a name)
- Beta Sudar – Don’t Give Up
- Bernarda Bruno – I Believe in True Love
- Domenika – Indigo
- Manntra – In the Shadows
- Jure Brkljača – Ne postojim kad nisi tu (I don’t exist when you’re not here)
- Ema Gagro – Redemption
- Lea Mijatović – Tebi pripadam (I belong to you)
- Lidija Bačić Lille – Tek je počelo (It just started)
- Jelena Bosančić – Tell Me
- Lorena Bućan – Tower of Babylon
- Roko Blažević – The Dream
- Bojan Jambrošić & Danjela Pintarić – Vrijeme predaje (Time to surrender)
Several former Croatian Eurovision representatives feature in the lineup. Neda Parmać, a member of Gelato Sisters, represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005 and Croatia in 2010 as part of Feminem. Marko Škugor, a member of 4 Tenora, was a member of Klapa s Mora, who represented Croatia in 2013. Tonči Huljić, who represented Croatia in 1995 as part of Magazin, has composed both Domenika’s and Lorena Bućan’s entries. Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia in 2017, is behind Roko Blažević’s entry.
The participants were selected by a jury formed of:
- Vanna – represented Croatia at Eurovision 2001
- Zlatko Turkalj – Host on HR2 and commentator for the station at Eurovision
- Igor Geržina – HRT’s Jazz Orchestra Producer
- Ante Pecotić – Composer
- Zlatko Gall – Music critic
- Antonija Šola – Composer and singer
- Željen Klašterka – Head of Delegation
Dora 2019 will take place on February 16 in Opatija. This year’s contest will be the first to allow non-Croatian language songs to take part. The show is set to be hosted by Mirko Fodor, Iva Šulentić and Jelena Glišić. Opatija is the home of Dora, having previously hosted the contest during its early years in the 1990s.
Dora will be preceeded by two days of programming from Opatija. On Thursday night there will be a concert by the Symphony Orchestra, while on the Friday evening the Jazz Orchestra of HRT will perform.
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.
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.