Croatia’s national broadcaster, HRT, has confirmed their participation in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, with the traditional national selection, Dora 2023, being used as the selection method.
The nitty-gritty of Dora 2023
Interested artists wanting to take part in Dora 2023 can use this link to submit their songs to HRT for the competition. Those interested in submitting a song have until November 20th to fill in the attached form.
Similar to 2022, a minimum of 14 songs will take part in the selection, with a maximum of 28 songs being allowed to take part, with an additional 4 reserve songs in case of a withdrawal. The final is likely to be once again held in Opatija, after the Croatian broadcaster arranged a deal with the city to host the competition there until 2024.
Specific details regarding the fine print of the rules of Dora 2023 can be accessed here. In addition to representing Croatia at Eurovision 2023, the winner of Dora will also be obliged to perform at next year’s competition.
Croatia’s Eurovision journey
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, Mia Dimšić won Dora 2022 to represent Croatia at the Contest in Turin with her song “Guilty Pleasure”. However, at the close of voting, Mia failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 11th place with a total of 75 points.
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News Source: HRT
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