Croatia: HRT confirms return of Dora for Eurovision 2019

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HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster has confirmed that the traditional Croatian national selection, Dora, will be returning in 2019. The 2019 Croatian entry and act will be determined via Dora 2019.

The Croatian broadcaster is set to unveil further details on Dora 2019 in due course via a special press conference, where the Croatian Eurovision 2019 national selection format will be officially presented.

HRT will be releasing the rules and regulations of the competition, along with the dates and venues of the shows.

Croatia has had a long traditional of selecting its Eurovision entries via Dora since its debut back in 1993. In recent years the Balkan country has opted for internal selection in order to select its Eurovision act and entry as was the case in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Croatia in Eurovision

Croatia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with the six member group Put and their entry Don’t ever cry, and is yet to win the event. The Balkan country’s best results in the competition were achieved in 1996 (Maja Blagdan) and 1999 (Doris Dragovic), when it placed 4th in the Grand Final.

The country has competed 24 times in the contest and has not been very lucky in the competition in recent years, with its last top 10 finish in 2001.

In 2018 Croatia opted for an internal selection and selected Franka Batelic to fly the Croatian flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with her entry Crazy. Despite a magnificent performance she failed to qualify to the Grand Final.