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Croatia: Dora 2023 will take place on February 11 | The day will be a Super Saturday of national finals!

A few days ago HRT the public broadcaster of Croatia, published the names of the artists that are going to participate in Dora 2023, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2023.

In contrast with their initial announcement, Dora 2023 will take place with just one show, the show of the Grand Final with 18 participants chosen from a jury among the 196 songs submitted:

  • Damir Kedžo – “Angels and Demons”
  • Meri Andraković – “Bye Bye Blonde”
  • Martha May – “Distance”
  • Tajana Belina – “Dom”
  • Đana – “Free Fallin”
  • Boris Štok – “Grijeh”
  • Maja Grgić – “I Still Live”
  • Patricia Gasparini – “I Will Wait”
  • Krešo I Kisele Kiše – “Kme Kme”
  • Eni Jurišić – “Kreni Dalje”
  • The Spitters – “Lost & Found”
  • Yogi – “Love At First Sight”
  • Let 3 – “MAMA ŠČ!”
  • Detour – “Master Blaster”
  • Hana Mašić – “Nesreća”
  • Harmonija Disonance – “Nevera (Lei, Lei)”
  • Barbara Munjas – “Putem Snova”
  • Top of the Pops feat. Mario 5reković – “Putovanje”

Earlier today, the organisers revealed the exact date of the national final and this is February 11th in the city of Opatija.

Dora 2023 will not be the only national final that is going to take place in that day, as five more national finals and two qualifying rounds will be broadcasted in the same evening, in a Super Saturday! In detail, these will be:

  • 🇸🇪 Melodifestivalen Heat 2
  • 🇱🇹 Papandom iš Naujo Second Semi-Final
  • 🇩🇰 Dansk Melodi Gran Prix 2023 Final
  • 🇮🇹 Festival di Sanremo 2023 Final
  • 🇲🇹 MESC 2023 Final
  • 🇪🇪 Eesti Laul 2023 Final
  • 🇭🇷 Dora 2023 Final
  • 🇷🇴 Selecția Națională 2023 Final

The previous winner of Dora and Croatia’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Mia Dimšić with the song “Guilty Pleasure“, but she didn’t manage to qualify for the grand final, ending up in 11th place of the first semi-final for the second year in a row:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Croatian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Source: eurovision.tv

Croatia: The participants of Dora 2023 have been announced!

Croatia’s national broadcaster HRT has announced the artists who will compete in Dora 2023, the country’s national final for Eurovision 2023.

From a total of 196 submitted songs, a jury consisting of Željko Mesar, Zlatko Turkalj, Robert Urlić, Ema Gross, Igor Geržina, Željen Klašterka, Ivan Horvat, Tomislav Krizmanić and Dražen Miocić selected 18 entries to compete to represent the country on February 11 and 4 more as back-up.

Among them, as it was already revealed, is Damir Kedžo, who was the winner of Dora 2020 and would have represented the country in the competition had the event not been cancelled. It is also worth noting that the composer of Hana Mašić‘s song Accident is Darko Dimitrov, a distinguished songwriter with a plethora of Eurovision and National Finals entries in the Balkan countries.

The participants of Dora 2023 are:

  1. ANGELS AND DEMONS – DAMIR KEDŽO
  2. BYE BYE BLONDE – MERI ANDRAKOVIĆ
  3. DISTANCE – MARTHA MAY
  4. DOM – TAJANA BELINA
  5. FREE FALIN’ – ĐANA
  6. GRIJEH – BORIS ŠTOK – GRIJEH
  7. I STILL LIVE – MAJA GRGIĆ
  8. I WILL WAIT – PATRICIA GASPARINI
  9. KME KME – KREŠO I KISELE KIŠE
  10. KRENI DALJE – ENI JURIŠIĆ
  11. LOST AND FOUND – THE SPLITTERS
  12. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT – YOGI
  13. MAMA ŠČ! – LET 3
  14. MASTER BLASTER – DETOUR
  15. NESREĆA – HANA MAŠIĆ
  16. NEVERA (LEI,LEI) – HARMONIJA DISONANCE
  17. PUTEM SNOVA – BARBARA MUNJAS
  18. PUTOVANJE – TOP OF THE POPS FT. MARIO 5REKOVIĆ

In the event that one/some of the above participants do not compete, the following have been appointed as back-up entries:

  • SAMA – LANA MANDARIĆ LANCHI
  • ODLAZI – MIRNA ŠKRGATI
  • ON THE SAME TRAIN – VOICE FOR YOU
  • TALKING TO ME – ROSANNA KUMERLE

This year Croatia was represented by Mia Dimšić and the song “Guilty Pleasure“, but failed to make it to the Eurovision Song Contest Final, finishing in 11th place in the First Semi-Final for the second time in a row.

Will Croatia be able to break their curse of 11th place this time? Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all things related to Eurovision!

Source: HRT

Croatia: The participants for Dora 2023 have been selected!

The Croatian national broadcaster HRT, has confirmed that the participants for Dora 2023 have been selected. From the time that the deadline for song submissions has expired -a week ago-, a jury has assessed the proposals submitted and has selected the 28 greatest.

Also, HRT has pointed out that the list with the names of the participants will be published not earlier than December 5th. Inside the names that have submitted their proposals, three returning artists have been found:

  • Damir Kedžo – Eurovision 2020
  • Igor Cukrov – Eurovision 2009
  • Daniel Popović – Eurovision 1983

We remind you that Dora 2023 is going to be made with Semi-Finals and a Final. For five weeks some promotional actions will be made, before the live shows start, while the Final is going to take place in February in Opatija.

Croatia was represented by Mia Dimšić and the song “Guilty Pleasure, without making to the Grand Final, finishing 11th for the second time in a row.

Will Croatia be able to break their curse of 11th place this time? Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all things related to Eurovision!

Source: Slobodna Dalmacija

Croatia: Record breaking number of songs submitted to Dora 2023!

The submission process for the Croatian national final, Dora, ended just three days ago and a record number of entries, for Croatian standards, has already been made public.

HRT, the Croatian public broadcaster, received a total of 196 entries! From these, the Dora committee will decide in the coming weeks which artists will be given the green light to compete at Dora 2023, which will take place within next February.

As we have already informed you in a previous article, the Croatian broadcaster wants to further involve fans of the contest in the selection process, hoping that this will avoid malicious comments made in the past while increasing the credibility of the selection.

Is there any artist you would like to see representing Croatia in the future? What do you think of the new song selection system? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Jutarnji.hr

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Croatia: Damir Kedžo submits an entry for Dora 2023!

Damir Kedžo, took to social media to show that he had submitted a song to Dora 2023 in order to represent Croatia in Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool!

Damir Kedžo was due to represent Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before the contest was canceled due to COVID-19. Despite rumors that he would return to Dora the following year, he ultimately did not as he did not have the right song.

Dora 2023 is expected to be held in February, in Opatija, with many changes. In particular, the songs will be released earlier than in previous years, specifically in January, while the public will have time to listen to them several times, while there will also be a lot of playback from the media, digital platforms and social networks.

Another change is that the selection will be made through a competition of two semi-finals and one final.

However, the biggest innovation at this year’s edition will be the addition of Eurovision fans to the song selection jury for Dora 2023. Thus, the jury will be made up of both music professionals and HRT public broadcaster employees, with fans to give another note to the final selection.

Check out Damir Kedžo’s entry, “Divlji Vjetre” for Eurovision 2020 below:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Croatian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Croatia: Fans will have a say on the selection of songs for Dora 2023!

In a recent interview, the Head of Croatian Delegation at Eurovision Tomislav Štengl, spoke about the upcoming changes for Dora 2023, the national final of Croatia which will decide the representative of the country in Eurovision 2023.

Mr Štengl spoke about the primary goal, which is Croatia qualifying to the final for the first time since 2017, as well as increase the local interest for the contest. There have been so far 50 songs of different genres submitted, while he invites everyone interested to take part in the program, with the deadline set for November 20th.

When it comes to changes, competing songs will be published earlier this year and specifically in January, Furthermore, there will be two semi-finals and a final for Dora 2023. The biggest change is the addition of fans on the judging panel for the selection of songs. This means that the jury will be comprised of music professionals, HRT employees, as well as fans of the contest.

He emphasized that despite participation fees being raised, Croatia will be participating at Eurovision while he believes that Ukraine won Eurovision 2022 for political and emotional reasons, stating that the song will have no chance if there were different circumstances.

We remind you that Dora 2023, the national final of Croatia, will take place in February at the city of Opatija.

Croatia was represented by Mia Dimšić and the song “Guilty Pleasure, without making to the Grand Final, finishing 11th for the second time in a row.

What do you think about the changes for Dora 2023? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Vecernji.hr

Croatia: Dora 2023 will have two semi-finals!

Croatia’s public broadcaster, HRT, revealed that Dora 2023 will have some changes in its whole concept. In detail, Tomislav Štengl, the head of the Croatian delegation, explained the plans on Dora’s changes, in an interview in HR2.

The first big change is that the songs will be available relatively earlier in contrast with previous years, and all artists will be demanded to have a music or lyric video for their songs.

The other major change is that the song selection will once again take place through a national final, but this year Dora is going to have two semi-finals. By adding more competitive shows in the national final, HRT wants to attract as many artists as possible.

What is more, HRT plans on creating a special show that will showcase each artist and their songs for Dora 2023,

The Croatian national final will take place in February in Opatija. The submission window is already open and will remain this way until November 20.

The previous winner of Dora and Croatia’s representative in Eurovision 2022 was Mia Dimšić with the song “Guilty Pleasure“, but she didn’t manage to qualify for the grand final, ending up in 11th place of the first semi-final for the second year in a row.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Croatian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Croatia: Song submission window opened – changes in the national final!

Croatian national broadcaster HRT confirmed Croatia’s participation in Eurovision 2023 and simultaneously it is in search of Croatia’s next representative that is going to travel to the United Kingdom.

It will choose its representative again through Dora 2023, while the song submission window opened for those interested, until November 20th.

Compared to past editions, the national final is going to face several changes. Firstly, 14 to 28 songs will be selected, along with four backups, while it’s very possible for a Semi-final to happen. The decision for the number of the semi-finals and the night of the final will be taken by HRT until January 10th.

Six people at max are going to be allowed on stage during the act (recorded backing vocals are allowed) and the staging plans should be submitted until December 10th.

Also, until December 20th, the performer should submit the official music video or a lyric video of their song. The Dora performance will be used as the official video at the Eurovision channel. However, if the performer submits the official music video on time, HRT will report this at EBU as the official video.

Dora 2023 is expected to happen in February, as usual.

This year Croatia was represented by Mia Dimšić and the song “Guilty Pleasure” and couldn’t progress to the Eurovision 2022 final, finishing at the 11th place of its Semi-Final for the second year in a row.

Will Croatia be able to break the 11th place curse this time? Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun to be updated for all the news!

Source: eurosong.hr