Croatia: HRT invited composers revealed

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Twenty four songs in total will compete in the next stages of the 2008 edition of Dora, the Croatian preselection for the next Eurovision Song Contest. Ten of the songs will be submitted by composers invited by the broadcaster and the remaining 14 have been selected by an HRT jury from a total of 200 songs they received through an open call for songs.

HRT have received a total of 200 songs for next year's Dora fourteen of which have been selected to proceed to the next phase of the Croatian preselection. The rules published by HRT previously stated that there would be six Ususret Dori shows through which the six Dora finalists would be selected. There seems to be a change in those rules though, as Croatian Head of Delegation Aleksandar Kostadinov stated in an interview with Jutanji. The idea of the six shows seems to have been abandoned and there will be only two on February 9 and 16, preceding the final to be held on 23 February in Opatijia. The exact format of Dora is yet to be announced though.

Ten more songs submitted by invited composers will compete directly in the final. The composers invited by HRT are: Miro Buljan, Nenad Ninčević, Miroslav Škoro, Husein Hasanefendić, Rajko Dujmić, Tamara Obrovac, Hari Rončević, Ante Pecotić and Denis Dumančić which gives us a total of 9 whereas the rules state 10. Partner site's sources claim that the 10th composer is Tonči Huljić (Croatia 1995, 1999, 2001) with young singer Andrea (Dora 2004 and 2005).

It is also confirmed that one of the hosts will be popular Croatian singer Lana Jurčević (Dora 2004, 2006). Discussions are still ongoing for the other hosts. Luka Ni�etić confirmed he will not participate in Dora this year.

Stella Floras

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