Roko Blažević has won Dora 2019 and will represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv with the song “The Dream”.
Dora 2019 took place tonight in Opatija and was hosted by Mirko Fodor, Iva Šulentić and Jelena Glišić. This was the first edition of Dora to be held since 2011 and the first to feature non-Croatian language songs to take part. The show featured several guest performances. The guest performers were:
- Dino Jelusić – Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003 for Croatia
- Franka – Represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon
- Mia Negovetić – Teen singer
- Vanna – Represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 in Copenhagen
- Sudar Percussion – Percussion group
The winner of tonight’s show was chosen by 50% regional jury voting and 50% public voting. The regional juries were located in Vukovar and Zagreb as well as eight HRT offices across Croatia; Čakovec and Varaždin, Rijeka, Pula, Osijek, Zadar, Knin and Šibenik, Split, and Dubrovnik. Each jury was formed of three people; one HRT employee (music editor of Hrvatska Radio or a music journalist), musicians and music professionals.
The results were as follows:
- Bojan Jambrošić & Danijela Pintarić – Vrijeme predaje – 10th
- Jelena Bosančić – Tell Me – 16th
- Kim Verson – Nisam to što žele – 15th
- Jure Brkljača – Ne postojim kad nisi tu -8th
- Beta Sudar – Don’t Give Up – 9th
- Lea Mijatović – Tebi pripadam – 14th
- Gelato Sisters – Back To That Swing – 11th
- Luka Nižetić – Brutalero – 3rd
- Elis Lovrić – All I Really Want – 7th
- Domenica – Indigo – 13th
- Roko – The Dream – Winner
- Ema Gagro – Redemption – 5th
- Lidija Bačić Lille – Tek je počelo – 12th
- Lorena Bućan – Tower of Babylon – 2nd
- Bernarda Bruno – I Believe In True Love – 6th
- Manntra – In The Shadows – 4th
Roko Blažević will perform in the second half of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 on May 16.
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.