Eni & Vjeko have withdrawn from being one of the two backup acts in Dora 2019.
HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster has announced that Eni & Vejko who had been the second reserve act in Dora 2019, have withdrawn from the competition. The two artists had submitted the song ‘Čudo (Miracle)’ in to the Croatian selection. Igor Delač has now been named as the second reserve act for Dora 2019 with the song ‘U ritmu ljubavi’.
The full list of participants in Dora 2019 is as follows;
- Elis Lovrić – All I Really Want
- Luka Nižetić – Amorero brutalero
- Gelato Sisters – Back to the Swing
- 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)
- Kim Verson – Nisam to što žele
The two reserve acts are:
- Patricia Gašparini – Pretend
- Igor Delač – U ritmu ljubavi
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 preceded 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 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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.