Croatia: HRT opens submission window for DORA 2020: national final in February

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HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has published the rules and regulations for the forthcoming edition of Dora and has opened the submission window for composers and artists wishing to represent Croatia at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest to submit their respective entries.

The submission period for DORA 2020 is open as of today 5 November and will close on 15 December. Hereafter a special HRT Committee will evaluate all the submitted entries and shortlist them to sixteen. The 2020 Croatian national final Dora is set to be held in February with a total of 16 acts battling for the golden ticket to Rotterdam, the show will be aired live on HRT.

The songs and applications must be sent to HRT via registered mail.  All applicants must be citizens of Croatia. You can see the rules and regulations for DORA 2020 here.

The 2020 Croatian entry and hopeful will be selected via a mixed public televoting/jury deliberation.

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 25 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 2019 Croatia opted for a national selection in order to select its Eurovision entry and act, thus bringing back its traditional national final Dora.  Roko was crowned the winner of Dora 2019 and represented Croatia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry The Dream, despite an extraordinary performance the Balkan country failed to qualify to the Grand Final for the second consecutive year.