Croatian national broadcaster HRT has opened the submissions window for entries for Dora 2022 – Croatia’s national selection for Eurovision.
From Wednesday 27th of October until Thursday 25th of November, interested artists and songwriters can submit songs into Dora for the upcoming edition. Songwriters can be based around the globe, but singers must be from Croatia.
In addition to the rules regarding songwriters and singers, entries that are submitted to Dora are only allowed to be in English, Croatian, French or Italian.
A total of fourteen entries will be competing in the upcoming edition of Dora 2022. The competing songs will be decided not only by HRT, but also by the Croatian Musicians’ Union and the Croatian Society of Composers. Dora is traditionally held in February, which gives the broadcasters and unions enough time to select the competing songs, and allowing artists to prepare creative concepts and stagings.
One major development in the rules of the national selection, however, regards the winning song. After the winning song is selected, no dramatic revamps will be made. Instead, only minor tweaks will be allowed with special permission from the Croatian broadcaster.
Croatia in Eurovision
Croatia has been a part of the Eurovision family since 1961, as part of Yugoslavia. Ten Croatian artists went on to represent Yugoslavia in the Contest – the most famous of which being Riva, who gave Yugoslavia its only win in 1989. The 1990 Contest was held in Zagreb as a tribute to their Croatian heritage.
Croatia debuted in the Contest as an independent nation in 1993 with the band Put and their song “Don’t Ever Cry”. Since then, Croatia has gone on to score as high as 4th place in 1996 and 1999. Last year, Albina won Dora 2021 to represent Croatia at the Contest in Rotterdam with her song “Tick-Tock”. However, despite finishing 10th in both the jury and the televote, Albina failed to qualify for the final, finishing with a total of 110 points.
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News Source: HRT
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