HRT is set to sign a contract agreeing to use Dora as the nations Eurovision selection process up to 2021.
Eurosong.hr reports that Igor Štok, has revealed that Dora will be used as the Croatian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest until 2021. According to the report, Mr Štok stated in a television interview that the Croatian national broadcaster is set to sign a contract with Opatija 21, to hold the selection in Opatija for two more years:
As we announced earlier, we are in negotiations with the Eurovision Song Contest licensee and we have finally come to the end of the negotiations and we are about to sign a contract, a two-year contract with HRT , for the next two years.
HRT, who announced the opening of their song submissions process on Tuesday, have yet to confirm the date of the competition. Mr Štok stated that HRT and Opatija 21, have confirmed that Dora 2020 will be held on February 29.
n 2019 Dora returned to Croatian television screens after eight years absence, having previously been 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, excluding their 2019 entry.
This year Croatia was represented by Roko with the song “The Dream”, who was the first Croatian entrant since 2011 to be selected through Dora. He finished 14th in the second semi-final scoring a total of 64 points. Croatia was 12th in the televote with 38 points and 14th with the juries on 26 points.
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.