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XTRA DECIDES: 🇭🇷 ‘Nevera (Lei, lei)’ is our choice to win DORA 2023

XTRA DECIDES sees the team here at ESCXTRA score the Eurovision national final songs, reviewing our winner. Follow us from here through to March 2023 as we make our choices for Eurovision 2023.

The Scores

1Harmonija Disonance – “Nevera (Lei, lei)” 🏆827
2Đana – “Free Fallin’”450
3Hana Mašić – “Nesreća” 350
4Damir Kedžo – “Angels and Demons”321
5Meri Andraković – “Bye Bye Blonde”260
6Eni Jurišić – “Kreni dalje” 220
7Krešo and Kisele Kiše – “Kme kme”190
8Barbara Munjas – “Putem snova”170
9Martha May – “Distance”160
9Let 3 – “Mama šč!” 160
11Patricia Gasparini – “I Will Wait”150
11Tajana Belina – “Dom”150
13Detour – “Master Blaster”140
14The Splitters – “Lost and Found”80
15Boris Štok – “Grijeh” 60
16Yogi – “Love at First Sight”40
16Top of the Pops ft. Mario 5reković – “Putovanje”40
18Maja Grgić – “I Still Live”00

The Reviews

This feels like a much better version of Serbia 2018 and is exactly what Croatia has not sent enough of to Eurovision. All the chanty vocal elements, combined with modern trap beats and traditional orchestration, work to hook you into the song and transport you Zagreb. If the Visit Croatia tourist board aren’t using Harmonija Disonance in their marketing strategy, then they’re missing a trick! This is Croatia’s best opportunity to turn their poor qualification record around, especially with a song that leans into this new televote era.
It has been such a long time since Croatia has sent an entry that incorporates both ethnic and traditional methods, along with modern instrumentation and beats. I’m really curious to see how Harmonija Disonance perform this one live, as we’ve seen countless times that live performances of similar songs can definitely elevate the studio version of a song. Although the song itself left me wanting a little more by the end of it, I still think that it’s a very promising entry from Croatia because as I mentioned before, it’s something that we haven’t seen from them in some years and I’m excited to see where they go with this.
It’s a very strong Dora, Croatia have a number of very strong choices this year. But the best of them is almost certainly this one, a choral beauty with the Croatian language front and centre. Eastern European languages with intense production elements are becoming a staple of classic memorable Eurovision moments and this seems their most surefire way to have a ‘Shum’ moment, as it were. A song that demands you pay attention to it while it’s being performed and reminds you in no uncertain terms of which country it’s from. That’s a rather solid method for Eurovision success, and if Nevera (Lei, Lei) is chosen, I could easily see it following that pattern.

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