Sixteen artists will compete in Croatia’s selection for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
Croatian broadcaster HRT have revealed the sixteen artists who will participate in the 2020 edition of Dora, the competition that will select their next Eurovision entry. The submissions window was open from November 5th to December 15th, after which time a jury selected the following sixteen artists to participate in the live broadcast:
- Marin Jurić Čivro – Naivno (Naive)
- Goran Karan – My legacy is love
- Edi Abazi – Coming home
- Mia Negovetić – When it Comes to You
- Colonia – Zidina (Walls)
- Zdenka Kovačićek – Love, Love, Love
- Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper iz sobe – Vrati se iz Irske (Come back from Ireland)
- Jure Brkljača – Hajde nazovi me! (Come on, call me!)
- Damir Kedžo – Divlji vjetre (Wild winds)
- Lorena Bućan – Drowning
- Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina – Da se ne zatare (So as not to get old)
- Aklea Neon – Zovi ju mama (Call her mama)
- Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
- Nikola Marjanović – Let’s forgive
- Đana – One
- Bojan Jambrošić – Više od riječi (More than words)
There are also four reserve artists should anything happen to the sixteen finalists:
- Elis Lovrić – Jušto
- Marcela Orosi – Let me Break Your Heart
- Dino Petrić – Što si meni ti (What you are to me)
- Singrlice – Zavičaj (Homeland)
Goran Karan previously represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000. He finished ninth with “Kad zaspu anđeli”.
Dora 2020 will take place on February 29th in the Marino Cvetković Hall of Opatija.
In 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.