Eurovision 2022: The Dress Rehearsal of the First Semi Final! (Live)

Today is the first day of the Eurovision week! We can already hear the “Sound of Music” echoing from Pala Olimpico in Turin and it’s just a few days before we finally know who is actually going to win the 66th Eurovision Song Contest!

The dress rehearsal of the Eurovision 2022 First Semi Final has just started. EurovisionFun will be watching all the shows live at both the on-site press centre in Turin and at the online press centre and we will be covering this rehearsal, commenting on all the performances and describing in detail what is happening during the show.

You will be able to to follow the entire process and get the feeling that you are right at the heart of the contest! This article gets updated in nearly real-time, all you need to do is hit the refresh button on your browser and all the rest is on us!

We will keep you up to date with all the latest details about this dress rehearsal for the First Semi Final show, allowing you to get a glimpse of what you will get to see tomorrow May 10th, at 21:00 CEST when the actual semi-final show takes place.

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Eurovision 2022: Croatia’s Second Rehearsal!

The final run of countries for today begins with Croatia. Mia Dimšić entered on stage on Sunday for her first rehearsal wearing a hot pink gown with flamenco ruffles. She was accompanied by three contemporary dancers who provided some lyrical storytelling with lots of movement. Croatia is considered one of the dark horses for qualifying to the Saturday’s Grand Final. Will she grab the attention with her second rehearsal?

The Second Rehearsal

Croatia is telling a romantic story through the staging. Except Mia there are 2 male dancers and 1 female. Croatia’s rehearsal begins with Mia having a dark blue lighting falling on her. The stage is dark and there are small dotted lights in the backround like stars. There are enough close shots on Mia. Then, the lights turns into white and Mia is visible. She gives some looks on the dancers and interacts with them. Mia takes some steps and looks at one male and one female dancer holding hands. She is having some more interactions with the male dancer. The bridge starts with a shot on the waterfall that ends up on Mia. The LED floor, as also the sun LED backround are also blue. In the final part of the song, the dancers run around her and the performance finishes with her becoming shadowed. Blue and pink are the key colours of the staging. The staging is atmospheric, romantic and Mia is vocally good. Overall, the staging is based on the interactions of Mia with the dancers.

At the end of the first run she complains about hearing problems.

In the bridge and the last chorus of the second run Mia sang the Croatian version. After the end of the second run she complains again about hearing problems. She confirms to the crew that she will sing the final part of the song in Croatian.

She also sings the final part of the song in Croatian in the third run.

Below you can watch an exclusive preview clip of Croatia’s second rehearsal:



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Croatia: Full results of Dora 2022!

For yet another year, Croatia chose its representative for Eurovision through their national final, Dora. A few minutes ago and through the official site of Dora the full results of Dora 2022, that took place on Saturday, were published.

Mia Dimšić with the song “Guilty Pleasure” was the big winner after winning both the jury and the public vote.  Especially in the televote, she passed Marko Bošnjak, the artist that came second, by more than 7.000 votes.


In detail:


After the jury vote and the televote were combined, the detailed results of Dora 2022 were as follows:


We remind you that Croatia will compete in the second half of the second semi-final in May 10.

Watch the performance of the winner of Dora 2022, Mia Dimšić’s.


Croatia: Dora 2022 to be held without audience!

A while ago, the Croatian public broadcaster, HRT, announced that there will be no audience attending Dora 2022!

The official account of Dora on Facebook, published a post that they explained the situation that sadly will not allow an audience to be present at Dora, for a second year in a row:

Following your numerous messages regarding the tickets sold for Dora 2022, we regret to announce, that due to the unforeseen restrictions that are in place at the moment, due to the pandemic, the entire contest will take place without an audience. However, we are still looking into how the situation develops and if there is any change or if any restriction is lifted, we will inform you accordingly.

How things will work in case of any COVID-19 case

HRT has already established a protocol, that will be followed in case any of the artists tests positive for COVID-19. If one or two of the artists withdraw until the 4th of February, their place will be covered by the first, second, third or even the fourth backup artist. In case of five or more artists withdrawing before the 1st of February, their song will also be withdrawn and their allocated televoting phone number will get deactivated.

If any of the artists develops symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 after the rehearsal of the 16th, 18th or even the 19th of February, then one of their recorded performances will be shown, during the live final show.

Dora 2022, the Croatian national selection process of the Croatian representative for this year’s Eurovision song Contest, will take place on February 19 at Marino Cvetković Sports in Opatija!

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun, for all the latest developments regarding the Croatian entry for Eurovision 2022!

SourceDORA HRT / Eurovoix

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: 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

Croatia: Uršula Tolj appointed as the New Head of Delegation

Another new Head of Delegation was announced yesterday, this time from Croatia. The country’s public broadcaster at a special press conference for “Dora 2020”, which will select Croatia’s representative for the second consecutive time, announced that Uršula Tolj will be the new HoD!

Uršula Tolj has been working on Croatian public television since 1996. She was the producer of Dora 2019 and one of the key contributors to Dora’s return as a method of selecting Croatia’s participation in the contest. In addition to television, Uršula also writes children’s stories.

Dora 2020 will take place in Opatija on February 29. 16 songs will compete for the television audience and jury votes. The winner will be honored to represent Croatia in Rotterdam in May.

In Tel Aviv, Croatia was represented by Roko Blažević with the song “The Dream”, composed by Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia at Eurovision 2017. Unfortunately, he was ranked 14th in the second semifinal and thus did not qualify for the final.


Croatia: Dora 2020 on February 29th | Through Dora at Eurovision 2021 as well

The head of production company Opatija 21, which was responsible for organizing this year’s Dora as well as the Dora 2020, revealed that the selection of Croatian participation for Eurovision 2020 will take place in the city of Opatija on February 29th.

The deadline for submitting applications for Dora 2020 has already begun, and it appears that Croatian public broadcaster has already signed an agreement with Opatija 21 to co-operate in organizing Dora in Opatija in 2021.

The same company helped the municipality of Opatija to bring Dora to their town.

“We have reached the end of negotiations to sign a private agreement for a two-year partnership with HRT Public Television for the coming years”

(Igor Stok on behalf of Opatija 21 for Dora 2020-2021)

In his interview, Igos Stok revealed that the agreement states that the Dora 2020 will take place on February 29 in Opatija. So far there has been no official confirmation by Croatian public television.

In Tel Aviv, Croatia was represented by Roko Blažević with the song “The Dream”, composed by Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia at Eurovision 2017. Unfortunately, he was ranked 14th in the second semifinal and so did not qualify for the final.

Croatia: Through “Dora” the selection of participation |Submissions to start on November 5th

Croatian Public Television (HRT) announced recently that the country’s participation in Eurovision 2020 will be selected through “Dora” next year.

Interested creators can submit their entries online from November 5 until December 15. A panel of HRT will select the 16 best songs to compete at Dora 2020, which will bring the Croatian representative to Rotterdam.

In Tel Aviv, Croatia was represented by Roko Blažević with the song “The Dream”, composed by Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia at Eurovision 2017. Unfortunately, he was ranked 14th in the second semifinal and thus did not qualify for the final.

Source: HRT

Croatia: the participation in Eurovision 2020 still uncertain

Croatia‘s participation in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in May 2020 in the Netherlands is unclear.

Croatian public broadcaster HRT, speaking on the ESCXTRA website, said they still can not confirm their presence in the next contest. More information was not provided, which suggests the country’s withdrawal from the upcoming event, as a possible scenario, considering the bad results of the last two years.

However, as announced earlier, the Croatian capital, Zagreb will host the Eurovision Song Contest for young musicians in 2020, which may work for or against the above decision.

If Croatia withdraws, it will follow the example of Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovakia, who have been reluctant to return to Eurovision 2020.

This year, Roko represented by Croatia, with “The Dream“, where he finished in  14th place with 64 points in the Second Semi-final without being able to qualify for the Final.