Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Croatia
National selection
Selection processDora 2019
Selection date(s)16 February 2019
Selected entrantRoko Blažević
Selected song"The Dream"
Selected songwriter(s)Jacques Houdek
Andrea Čubrić
Charlie Mason
Finals performance
Final resultFailed to qualify (14th, 64 points)
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Croatia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “The Dream” performed by Roko Blažević. The Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska Radiotelevizija (HRT) organised the national final Dora 2019 in order to select the Croatian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1]


Prior to the 2019 Contest, Croatia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-three times since its first entry in 1993.[2] Croatia's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 1996 with the song "Sveta ljubav" performed by Maja Blagdan and in 1999 "Marija Magdalena" performed by Doris Dragović. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Croatia had featured in six finals.In 2018, Croatia failed to qualify to the final, placing 17th in the first semi-final with the song "Crazy" performed by Franka.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Dora 2019[edit]

Dora 2019 was the twentieth edition of the Croatian national selection Dora, which selected Croatia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The competition consisted of up to 16 entries competing in one final on 16 February 2019.[3] Participating entries for the selection must be in either English, French, Italian, or Croatian.[4]


Unlike in most other Dora editions the format of the competition includes one final night. 16 songs competed in the final. The combination of points from a viewer vote and ten regional jury groups determined the winner. According to the competition rules, in the event of a tie for the first place, the winner was the entrant ranked highest by the public televote.[5]

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 20 November 2018 and 10 January 2019.[6] 162 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period.[7] An expert committee selected sixteen artists and songs for the competition from the received submissions.[8] The competing artists were announced on 17 January 2019.[9] 4 Tenora withdrew on 29 January 2019, due to a previously scheduled concert.[10] As a result of this, Kim Verson and her song "Nisam to što žele" participated in the national selection instead.[11] The running order was revealed on 4 February 2019.[12]

Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Beta Sudar "Don't Give Up" Predrag Martinjak, Malin Johansson
Bernarda Bruno "I Believe in True Love" Duško Rapotec Ute, Bernarda Brunović, T. Bon
Bojan Jambrošić & Danijela Pintarić "Vrijeme predaje" (Time of surrender) Ante Toni Eterović, Leonardo Čeči Baksa
Domenica "Indigo" Tonči Huljić, Vjekoslava Huljić
Elis Lovrić "All I Really Want" Elis Lovrić, Olja Dešić
Ema Gagro "Redemption" Andreas Björkman, Adriana Pupavac, Kalle Persson, Ema Gagro
Gelato Sisters "Back to That Swing" Tvrtko Hrelec
Jelena Bosančić "Tell Me" Jelena Bosančić
Jure Brkljača "Ne postojim kad nisi tu" (I don't exist when you're not here) Miroslav Drljača Rus
Kim Verson "Nisam to što žele" (I'm not what they want) Kim Verson
Lea Mijatović "Tebi pripadam" (I belong to you) Igor Ivanović, Marko Vojvodić
Lidija Bačić "Tek je počelo" (It only started) Denis Dumančić, Fayo
Lorena Bućan "Tower of Babylon" Tonči Huljić, Ivan Huljić, Vjekoslava Huljić
Luka Nižetić "Brutalero" Branimir Mihaljević, Mario Mihaljević
Manntra "In The Shadows" Marko Matijević Sekul, Maja Kolarić, Boris Kolarić
Roko Blažević "The Dream" Jacques Houdek, Andrea Čubrić, Charlie Mason
4 Tenora "Brod bez imena" (Nameless ship) Eduard Botrić, Matko Šimac


The final took place at Opatija, on 16 February 2019, and was hosted by Mirko Fodor, Jelena Glišić and Iva Šulentić.[13] The winner was determined by a 50/50 combination of points awarded by regional juries and from the public televote.

Final – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Votes Points Phone Calls SMS Total Points
1 Bojan Jambrošić & Danijela Pintarić "Vrijeme predaje" 4 0 1410 775 2185 6 6 9
2 Jelena Bosančić "Tell Me" 2 0 790 157 947 0 0 14
3 Kim Verson "Nisam to što žele" 10 0 210 133 343 0 0 16
4 Jure Brkljača "Ne postojim kad nisi tu" 29 2 1328 841 2169 5 7 8
5 Beta Sudar "Don't Give Up" 41 4 1250 565 1815 2 6 10
6 Lea Mijatović "Tebi pripadam" 12 0 615 221 836 0 0 15
7 Gelato Sisters "Back to That Swing" 23 1 827 338 1165 0 1 12
8 Luka Nižetić "Brutalero" 38 3 3663 3175 6838 10 13 3
9 Elis Lovrić "All I Really Want" 68 8 831 381 1194 0 8 7
10 Domenica "Indigo" 19 0 817 577 1394 0 0 13
11 Roko Blažević "The Dream" 77 12 7088 4436 11524 12 24 1
12 Ema Gagro "Redemption" 62 7 1063 907 1970 4 11 5
13 Lidija Bačić "Tek je počelo" 10 0 945 564 1509 1 1 11
14 Lorena Bućan "Tower of Babylon" 72 10 3538 2047 5585 8 18 2
15 Bernarda Bruno "I Believe in True Love" 58 6 1145 710 1855 3 9 6
16 Manntra "In The Shadows" 55 5 2183 1738 3921 7 12 4


Roko made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "The Dream" as the Croatian Eurovision entry. He will perform at Moscow Eurovision Party on 26 April.

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Croatia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[14]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Croatia was set to perform in position 10, following the entry from Austria and preceding the entry from Malta.[15]


Croatia performed tenth in the second semi-final, following the entry from Austria and preceding the entry from Malta.At the end of the show, Croatia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the second semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final.It was later revealed that Croatia placed fourteenth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 64 points: 38 points from the televoting and 26 points from the juries. With the old voting system, Croatia would have ranked 14th with 25 points.


Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[16]

Points awarded to Croatia[edit]

Points awarded to Croatia (Semi-final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Croatia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Croatian jury:[16]

  • Zlatko Turkalj – Chairperson – Managing Editor of the Croatian Radio Entertainment Program Department
  • Doris Karamatić – harp professor, harpist
  • Bojan Jambrošić – singer
  • Silvestar Glojnarić – composer and conductor
  • Franka Batelić – singer, represented Croatia in the 2018 contest


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