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Croatia’s HRT reveals more details ahead of Dora 2019 final

A long awaited comeback with a very simple yet effective format. Croatia’s National Broadcaster, HRT, reveals details regarding the format of their selection, Dora 2019.

The long awaited comeback of one of Croatia’s most respected music competitions is taking the region by storm and prior to the show kicking off, HRT reveals a few changes when it comes to how the winner will be determined.

A simple overview

The new rules of Dora have been decided internally and they are going to start being applicable from this year onward.

The winner of the national selection will be determined through a 50:50 split between the jury and public vote.

However, in case the voting ends in a tie, the winner of the public vote will have the edge and be announced as the winner of the competition.

The Jury vote

The juries will be divided in nine regions all over Croatia. Each jury unit will consist of three music professionals or people in the industry. They will have the task to rank the sixteen acts accordingly (number one being their winner to sixteen being the least favorite).

Voting units:

  • Čakovec i Varaždin
  • Rijeka
  • Pula
  • Osijek
  • Zadar
  • Knin i Šibenik
  • Split
  • Dubrovnik

Their votes will be cast during the jury show which will take part the night before the general public will have their say, on February 15th.

After the votes from each juror from one unit get summarized, the ten best acts will get ranked accordingly. Awarding points from 1 for their tenth favorite to 12 for their favorite.

Dora 2019 running order

  1. Bojan Jambrošić i Danijela Pintarić – Vrijeme predaje 
  2. Jelena Bosančić – Tell Me 
  3. Kim Verson – Nisam to što žele
  4. Jure Brkljača – Ne postojim kad nisi tu
  5. Beta Sudar – Don’t Give Up 
  6. Lea Mijatović – Tebi pripadam
  7. Gelato Sisters – Back To That Swing
  8. Luka Nižetić – Brutalero
  9. Elis Lovrić – All I Really Want
  10. Domenica – Indigo 
  11. Roko – The Dream
  12. Ema Gagro – Redemption
  13. Lidija Bačić Lille – Tek je počelo 
  14. Lorena Bućan – Tower of Babylon
  15. Bernarda Bruno – I Believe In True Love 
  16. Manntra – In The Shadows 

You can read more about the changes HRT had to make to finalize their running order due to a few withdrawing acts, here.

The Dora comeback

Dora 2019 will take course over three nights and is going to take place in one of the most well known tourist spots in Croatia, Opatija.

The hosting trio will consist of: Mirko Fodor (famous reporter and the host of Good Morning Croatia on HRT), Iva Shulentic (host of The Voice Croatia) and Jelena Glishic (former Miss Universe Croatia and a TV presenter).

Are you looking forward to Dora’s eight year old comeback in the making? Will you be tuning in for the show? Which of the sixteen acts are you looking forward to?

Let us know in the comments section below and on all social media platforms at @ESCXTRA.


The last winner of Croatia’s Dora back in 2011, Darija Kinzer performing her entry “Lahore”

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