UPD Croatia: Dora 2008 participants and song titles revealed

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The full list of participants of next year's Croatian preselection for the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest has been revealed. Emilija Kokić , winner of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest with Riva, returns as well as Maja Blagdan who placed fourth representing Croatia in the 1996 contest in Oslo.

As partner site Eurovision-Croatia exclusively reports the following fourteen acts have been selected by HRT from the open song for songs to compete in the semi final on 22 February. Among the participants there are many artists who have tried many times to represent Croatia in the past again.

Six of the fourteen acts will qualify to the final by a 50-50 mix of televote and jury vote:
1. Vlatka Grakalić – Ka�i mi (Tell me)
2. Martina – Idi leđa mi okreni (Go, turn your back on me)
3. Antonija Šola – Gdje je srce tu je dom (Dora 2003, 2007)(Home is where the heart is)
4. Kraljevi ulice & 75 cents – Romanca (Dora 2006, 2007)Romance
5. Danijela Pintarić – Dotakni zvijezde (Dora 2007)(Touch the stars)
6. Maja Šuput – Lako zaljubljiva (multiple Dora participant, last time in 2006)(Easy to fall in love with)
7. Klapa Bonaca and Nera – Tvoje oko za more duboko (Your eye for the deep sea)
8. Ivana Radovniković – Kakav tu�an kraj (Dora 2005, 2006)(What a sad end)
9. Zorica Kond�a – Za tobom luda (Mad about you)
10. Emilija Kokić – Anđeo (winner of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest with Riva) (Angel)
11. Đani Stipaničev – Ja san umra za ljubav (5th time in Dora)(I’ve died for love)
12. Ivo Gamulin Gianni – Sanjam (I’m dreaming)
13. Ibrica Jusić – Iskoči sa mnom iz jurećeg vlaka (Jump out of a speeding train after me)
14. Mor Roll – Ne razumijemo se (We don’t understand each other)

There are also three reserves in case of withdrawal or disqualification:
1. Luka Bulić – Spoznaja (Realisation/Knowledge)
2. Leonora – Prijateljstvo (Friendship)
3. Vlatka Kopić Tena & Robert Jaman – Bure i plime (Storms and High Tides)
4. Lite Motive – Moja presuda (My judgement)

The following artists will perform the songs by the invited composers (names in brackets) directly in the Dora final on 23 February. The song titles are not known yet.

1. Giuliano (Buljan) (Dora 2007 among others)
2. Maja Blagdan (Ninčević)(Croatia 1996, came fourth in Oslo)
3. Ivana Banfić (Pecotić) (Dora 2006 among others)
4. Hari Rončević
5. Tamara Obrovac
6. Alen Islamović (Dujmić)
7. Leteći Odred (Dumančić)
8. OK Band
9. TBA (Husenefendić)
10. TBA (Jasenko Houra)

Stella Floras

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