Croatia: No final decision yet regarding the language of Tick Tock

After the national final of Dora through which Croatia chose its representative for the upcoming contest in Rotterdam, the winner Albina and her team made their first statements regarding their next steps.

One of those statements  had to do with the language of Tick Tock. In particular, it was mentioned that a final decision has yet to been made; whether Albina will perform in English or in Croatian. During the national final performance Albina sang a bilingual version of her entry.

Croatia is about to perform in the 2nd half of the 1st Semi Final, for a ticket that  leads to the Grand Final of May 22nd.

Source: Eurovoix 

 

Croatia: Who do betting companies predict Dora 2021 winner?

Next Saturday 13/2, the Croatian national final for Eurovision, Dora 2021, will be held. For a few days now, we have been listening to the excerpts of the 14 candidate songs, while now there are also bets.

The bets

Five songs have stood out, with Nina (Croatia’s representative at Eurovision 2016) having the lead so far and last year’s second Mia, following a short distance. Then we find Albina, Filip and Cambi.

Nina 4.00
Mia 5.00
Albina 6.00
Philip 8.00
Cambi 9.00
ToKi 12.00
Bernarda 15.00
ToMa 35.00
Ella 40.00
AshBo 40.00
Eric 60.00
Beta 80.00
Brigita 80.00
Sandi 60.00

Listen to the excerpts

(Listen to the 1 minute excerpt by clicking on the song title)

1. NINA KRALJIĆ (ALKONOST OF BALKAN) – Rijeka
2. ERIC – Reci mi
3. ELLA OREŠKOVIĆ – Come This Way
4. BERNARDA – Colors
5. SANDI CENOV – Kriv
6. ToMa – Ocean of Love
7. FILIP RUDAN – Blind
8. BETA SUDAR – Ma zamisli
9. CAMBI – Zaljubljen
10. ASHLEY I BOJAN – Share the Love
11. BRIGITA VUCO – Noći pijane
12. MIA NEGOVETIĆ – She’s Like Dream
13. ALBINA – Tick-Tock
14. TONY CETINSKI I KIKI RAHIMOVSKI – Zapjevaj, sloboda je!

What will Dora 2021 be like?

The final of Dora 2021 will be held in the city of Opatija, at the Sports Hall Marino Cvetković, while the winner and representative of the country in Eurovision 2021 will emerge after the vote of the jury and the TV audience. Presenters will be Daniela Trbović, Barbara Kolar, Jelena Lešić and Doris Pinčić.

  • Due to the pandemic, five people and pre-recorded vocals will be allowed on stage, as will happen at the Eurovision 2021 song contest in Rotterdam.
  • There will be no audience in the arena and strict epidemiological measures will be taken. Participants must take a negative test for Covid-19 before entering the room for the first time.
  • There will be no journalists, cameramen or guests.
  • Since there will be no audience in the room, the stage will be bigger and richer
  • The pre-conference will be held via Zoom, voting by televoting.
  • The special jury will be in the television centers and will participate live.
  • With the Melodifestivalen fragrance, the voting in Dora 2021!

Who do you think will be the next representative of Croatian in the contest? Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the news concerning Croatia at Eurovision 2021!

Source: Lutrija

Croatia: The 14 candidate artists of Dora 2021!

Croatian public broadcaster, HRT, recently announced the 14 candidate artists for Dora 2021, the national selection process for the country’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The selection was made as follows. A jury composed of representatives of HRT, HDS and HGU (Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Composers’ Association and the Croatian Music Association) selected 14 songs and 4 alternates for Dora 2021. The deadline for submissions was 10 December and 140 songs were submitted.

The candidates for Dora 2021 are:

BLIND (F. Rudan / A. Franić / H. Domazet – F. Rudan / A. Franić) – FILIP RUDAN
COLORS (B. Georgiev Milanov / B. Brunović) – BERNARDA
COME THIS WAY (S. Reljić Simba – E. Orešković) – ELLA OREŠKOVIĆ
KRIV (S. Reljić Simba – Fayo) – SANDI CENOV
MA ZAMISLI (P. Martinjak) – BETA SUDAR
NOĆI PIJANE (B. Vuco) – BRIGITA VUCO
OCEAN OF LOVE (A. Pupavac / A. Bjorkman / K. Persson / T. Marić – A. Pupavac) – ToMa
RECI MI (E. Vidović) – ERIC
RIJEKA (H. Librenjak – Miki Solus / N. Kraljić) – NINA KRALJIĆ
SHARE THE LOVE (I. Škunca – A. Colburn / I. Škunca) – ASHLEY COLBURN & BOJAN JAMBROŠIĆ
SHE’S LIKE A DREAM (M. Negovetić / L. Deb / D. Jamm / D. Kertes) – MIA NEGOVETIĆ
TICK-TOCK (B. Mihaljević – M. Cinnamon / T. Buklijaš Bakić) – ALBINA
ZALJUBLJEN (M. Mirković) – CAMBI
ZAPJEVAJ, SLOBODA JE! (K. Rahimovski) – TONY CETINSKI & KIKI RAHIMOVSKI

The 4 alternate songs are:

BRODOLOM (E. Lovrić) – ELIS LOVRIĆ
MEGALOMAN (A. Čubrić / J. Houdek – A. Čubrić) – ENDI (feat. LORA)
SOLDIER (P. Ružević / A. Bjorkman / A. Pupavac / J. Alin – P. Ružević / A. O’Connor) – PJERINO RUŽEVIĆ
ONLY LOVE (B. Čakić / I. Ivić / R. Babić – B. Čakić / N. Špralja) – Z/11

From the list, we single out Nina Kraljić, former winner of The Voice, winner of the award for best female singer in Croatia in 2016 and representative of the country at Eurovision the same year, with Lighthouse.

Despite the rumors, Damir Kedžo, who would represent Croatia at Eurovision 2020, does not take part again in the country’s national final, Dora 2021. Among the candidate songs is a composition by G. Milanov of the Symphonix. Also in the list of 4 alternate songs we find a song by J. Houdek, who represented Croatia at Eurovision 2017.

We remind you that Dora 2021, through which the Croatian representative in Eurovision 2021 will emerge, will take place on 13 February. Due to the pandemic, five people and pre-recorded vocals will be allowed on stage, as will happen at the Eurovision 2021 song contest in Rotterdam.

Source: HRT

Editorial: How fair will the “live on tape video” be for Eurovision 2021?

The announcement of the EBU and the Dutch organizers for the live on tape video that will be made by the 41 participants of Eurovision 2021, although it ensures that the contest will take place even in the worst case scenario regarding the course of the pandemic, but leaves many questions in the part of justice and equal conditions that should govern the competition.

What exactly is live on tape video?

According to what was announced, all participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entry in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the Contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their entries better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How to ensure meritocracy and fairness in the contest?

In addition to the above, the EBU also announced a series of safety valves, which will ensure that the 41 live video tapes will have been made under the same conditions. Indicatively, we mention that those present in the video recording will be a representative of the Dutch public broadcaster, while the shooting will be watched by the executive supervisor of the contest, as well as a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y). The duration of the shooting will be one hour and at this time the participants will be able to videotape up to three times their appearance. The selection of the shot will be made by the Head of Delegation and another authorized representative.

Our doubts about live on tape video

First of all, let’s say that even under normal conditions, not everyone competes on equal terms. What do we mean by that? We see in recent years on the eurovision stage, impressive appearances, with the help of the use of technology. Technology that not all broadcasters can use. Fro example Serbian public broadcaster cannot spend the money that Swedish public broadcaster spends. Albanian television cannot spend the money spent by Russian or Azerbaijani television and so on.

So, many times the countries participating in the contest can start from different points of view, but what mitigates the above a bit is that they share the same stage and it is ensured that everyone sings live. With the advancement of technology, and given that each country can use any studio it wants, even that is in question.

We read that Russia uses virtual reality in its appearance for Junior Eurovision 2020, where the contest will take place via live on tape video. An effect that other countries probably will not have at their disposal, for economic and technical reasons.

Of course for the live on tape videos of Eurovision 2021 the EBU has banned such special effects. However, LEDs are not prohibited and it is possible for different sized scenes, something that, as you understand, will differentiate the final result.

What we all hope is that everything you read remains on a theoretical level only. The situation with the pandemic to improve and to have a Eurovision as close to normal as possible, with the 41 artists performing their songs on the stage of the Ahoy Arena!

What is your opinion about the live on tape video? Are equal conditions guaranteed for all?

Eurovision 2021: Participants will record their songs “live-on-tape” to ensure Contest will happen!

The EBU recently revealed how to ensure that Eurovision 2021 will happen, even in the worst case scenario with the course of the coronary pandemic.

Eurovision 2021 will take place in every way

After yesterday’s announcement that the distribution of countries in the two semifinals remains the same as that of Eurovision 2020, but also the presentation of the four possible scenarios for the conduct of Eurovision 2021, now another detail is given, concerning scenario D. In the new announcement of the EBU, concern the case in which in May the situation with the pandemic will be such that it will not allow air travel and reconnaissance, having a contest as Junior Eurovision 2020 will happen in a few days . With video appearances of the participants!

What is the process

All participating broadcasters were asked to record a live performance of their entries in their country. This recording will be delivered before the contest and will take place in a studio. The recording will take place in real time (as it would in the contest) without making changes to the vocals or any part of the show itself after the recording.

There will be freedom in the delegations, to present as they consider their participations better, but instructions will be given which will ensure the fairness and integrity of the competition. There will be no audience and the recording should be unique and not be published before the event in May.

Delegations are allowed to use similar technical capabilities and dimensions that would be available on stage in Rotterdam, but are also free to choose a more limited production facility. Video recordings must not contain augmented or virtual reality, overlays, confetti, drone shots, water, color use or green screen.

How will it be fair?

Normally in the Eurovision Song Contest all the artists would appear on the same stage under the same conditions giving everyone the same opportunity to shine. For the live recordings, the Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest approved additional measures to guarantee the fairness of the contest.

Prior to the recording, each participating broadcaster will meet with a representative from Host Broadcasters and submit a recording session schedule, studio setup and camera schedule.

The Head of Delegation will be on site during the registration period of 60 minutes and up to three authorized expirations, either alone or with an appropriate mandate, to make the final decision on the selection of the final receipt (from three).

A live link will be created during the recording to allow the Eurovision Executive Supervisor and a representative from an independent voting observer (E&Y) and Host Broadcaster to monitor the recording, provide assistance and support, and ensure the integrity and fairness of the contest.

No videos of the appearances from the national finals can be submitted, but each country can record on the same stage. The “live-on-tape” recordings must be delivered by the end of March.

Of course, as we mentioned at the beginning of the article, all of the above will apply in the case of contestants who will not be able to attend Rotterdam in May. The 65th Eurovision Song Contest will take place anyway!

Source: Eurovision.tv

Eurovision 2021: Allocation draw in semi-finals remains the same as in 2020!

A little while ago through the official social networks of the contest, it was announced that the draw of the semi-finals of this year’s contest will also apply to Eurovision 2021. Read more

Eurovision 2021: 41 countries to participate!!

A few moments ago, the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries at the upcoming contest of Eurovision 2021, on 18th, 20th and 22nd of May in Rotterdam the Netherlands. Actually they are the same 41 nations that were about to take part in the 2020 contest that was canceled due to the COVID19 pandemic.

EBU and the Dutch host broadcasters NPO, NOS and AVROTROS have already revealed the 4 scenarios which their are focused on, and they abide by the restrictions and the facts of the pandemic and according to which the Eurovision 2021 will take place. The scenario, which will be chosen, will be announced in due time.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said:

“We are grateful for the commitment of the 41 participating broadcasters in helping us bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2021.”

“We have the exact same line up of countries that would have competed in 2020 and we are thrilled that they will all return next year. Together with our host broadcasters we are continuing to develop the 4 different scenarios and maintaining a dialogue with all participants. The team from NPO, NOS and AVROTROS are working hard on ensuring the Eurovision Song Contest will provide the excitement and innovation expected by over 180 million viewers, despite the challenging circumstances.”

 

Of the 41 nations taking part, 35 will compete in two Semi-Finals with 10 successful acts from each Semi-Final joining the Big 5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom) and hosts the Netherlands in the Grand Final.

Sietse Bakker, Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, said:

“It is fantastic that the same 41 countries that would have taken part this year still want to come to the Netherlands in May 2021. This demonstrates their confidence in our country still being able to organize a successful Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year, after the cancellation of the 2020 edition.”

“We have set the bar high to create 3 amazing live shows for an audience of 180 million people, even in these challenging times. To achieve this, we are working on an extensive protocol that guarantees the health of employees, participants, the press and visitors as much as possible.”

 

Participating broadcasters
The following countries (and EBU Member broadcasters) will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam:

Albania (RTSH)

Armenia (AMPTV)

Australia (SBS)*

Austria (ORF)

Azerbaijan (Ictimai TV)

Belarus (BTRC)

Belgium (VRT)

Bulgaria (BNT)

Croatia (HRT)

Cyprus (CyBC)

Czech Republic (CT)

Denmark (DR)

Estonia (ERR)

Finland (YLE)

France (FT)

Germany (ARD/NDR)

Georgia (GPB)

Greece (ERT)

Iceland (RUV)

Ireland (RTE)

Israel (KAN)

Italy (RAI)

Latvia (LTV)

Lithuania (LRT)

Malta (PBS)

Moldova (TRM)

The Netherlands (AVROTROS)

North Macedonia (MKRTV)

Norway (NRK)

Poland (TVP)

Portugal (RTP)

Romania (TVR)

Russia (Channel One)

San Marino (RTV)

Serbia (RTS)

Slovenia (RTVSLO)

Spain (TVE)

Sweden (SVT)

Switzerland (SRG SSR)

Ukraine (UA:PBC)

United Kingdom (BBC)

*EBU Associate

 

It is worth to be mentioned this is the first time since 1990 that we have the same amount of participating countries in two consecutive years.

Source: Eurovision.tv

Croatia: With Damir Kedžo at Eurovision 2021

Shortly after the official cancellation of this year’s Eurovision Contest in Rotterdam, another artist is added to the list of 2021 participants!

Announcing on his Instagram account, Damir Kedžo, who was due to represent Croatia with the song “Divlji vjetre“, said he was saddened by the decision, wishing the soon-to-end global pandemic would end, and renewed his appointment with the Eurofans in 2021 in Rotterdam.

Check out the post below:

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Eurovision je ostvarenje mog sna i jedva čekam stati i zapjevati na toj velikoj pozornici jednog dana. U normalnim uvjetima Eurovizija je veselje glazbe u kojem uživa Europa i veliki dio svijeta. Nastup u prosjeku gleda 180 milijuna ljudi koji uživaju u glazbi i različitosti glazbe i kulture i to je ljepota Eurovisiona . Uvjeti u kojima se trenutačno nazali svijet nisu ni veseli ni optimistični, zastrašujući su i prioritet je sačuvati zdravlje sebe , svojih bližnjih i svih ostalih ljudi oko nas. Zato pozdravljam odluku i jedva čekam završetak pandemije , a onda i nastup na Euroviziji 2021. u Rotterdamu. Volim vas. Čuvajte se. . . . Performing on Eurovision is a dream come true and I can't wait to stand and sing on that big stage one day. Under normal circumstances , Eurovision is a joy of music enjoyed by Europe and much of the world. The show is watched on average by 180 million people who enjoy music and , diversity of music , culture and that is the beauty of Eurovision. The conditions in which the world is currently are neither cheerful nor optimistic, they are daunting and it is a priority to preserve the health of ourselves , our loved ones and all the people around us. That is why I welcome the decision of cancellation and I cannot wait for the end of the pandemic and Eurovision 2021 performance in Rotterdam. Love you all. Take care

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Croatia: Listen to the final version of “Divlji old”!

Through his personal YouTube account, Croatia’s representative at Eurovision 2020, Damir Kedžo, has released the final version of the song to compete in the competition, “Divlji old”.

Damir Kedžo won the right to represent his country in Rotterdam literally on the thread, having won the televising by just 260 votes! It should be recalled that the committee voted first for Mia Negovetic and second for Damir Kedžo.

Croatia: Goran Karan withdraws from Dora 2020

A few hours after Croatia’s public broadcaster, HRT, announced the participants of the Dora 2020, the national final through which the country will select the country’s representative in Eurovision 2020, Goran Karan announced his withdrawal.

Goran Karan, who represented Croatia at Eurovision in 2000, explained the reasons for leaving Dora 2020:

“The song “My Legacy Is Love” in the format sent to Dora differs significantly in the lyrics, music, orchestration and duration from what I sang at my concert in Visoki, Bosnia and Herzegovina. So, in order to avoid all possible misunderstanding, I decided to withdraw the song “My Legacy Is Love” from Dora. In this way I want to close any point of contention and misunderstanding, since, as the verse says, “my heritage is love”

Goran Karan

After Goran Karan’s withdrawment, he was replaced by Elis Lovrić with the song Jušto. Now, the list of 16 candidates for Dora 2020 is as follows:

  1. Marin Jurić Čivro – Naivno
  2. Edi Abazi – Coming home
  3. Mia Negovetić – When it Comes to You
  4. Colonia – Zidina
  5. Zdenka Kovačićek – Love, Love, Love
  6. Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper iz sobe – Vrati se iz Irske
  7. Jure Brkljača – Hajde nazovi me!
  8. Damir Kedžo – Divlji vjetre
  9. Lorena Bućan – Drowning
  10. Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina – Da se ne zatare
  11. Aklea Neon – Zovi ju mama
  12. Indira – You Will Never Break My Heart
  13. Nikola Marjanović – Let’s forgive
  14. Đana – One
  15. Bojan Jambrošić – Više od riječi
  16. Elis Lovrić – Jušto

The final of Dora 2020 will take place in the city of Opatija on February 29, with the winner to represent the country in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest and emerge after the jury and the television audience vote.

The national final Dora was the main selection process for the Croatian envoy from 1993 to 2011, and returned in 2019 to select Roko and “The Dream” song, but failed to win the gold ticket for the Grand Final after reaching the 14th place in the semifinal with 64 points.

Source: escbubble