In the beginning of the month the Croatian national broadcaster, HRT, revealed tha it decided to turn its traditional Eurovision national selection format, Dora. According to local newspaper Jutarnji, Dora 2019 will take place over three nights.

Dora was used as the mechanism to determined the country’s Eurovision acts since 1993, when Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest and took place for the last time in 2011. HRT decided then to withdraw from the competition due to its poor results and the cut down of the national broadcaster financial budget.

This year the national broadcaster, HRT, will be collaborating with the city of  Opatija , where the three shows will be hosted. The three scheduled shows will include the following: 

  • 1st night: Chansons and Optaija Serenades with the Symphony Orchestra
  • 2nd night : Dora classics
  • Τρίτη βραδιά: Competing Entries for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

The act that will represent the country in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest at Tel Aviv, will be selected by public and jury voting. 

The Eurovision Story So Far

Croatia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with the group Put and their entry Don’t ever cry. The Balkan country’s best results in the competition were scroed in 1996 (Maja Blagdan) and 1999 (Doris Dragovic), when it achieved a 4th placing in the Grand Final.

In 2018 Croatia selected internally Franka Batelic to represent the country in Lisbon with her song Crazy. Despite her dynamic performance she failed to qualify to the Grand Final.