Doris Dragović

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Doris Dragović
Doris Dragović concert.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDorotea Dragović
Born (1961-04-16) 16 April 1961 (age 58)
Split, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
GenresPop, Pop rock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1982–present
LabelsCroatia Records, Tonika, Orfej
Associated actsMagazin, Jelena Rozga

Dorotea "Doris" Dragović (pronounced [dôːris drâːɡoʋitɕ]; married name is Dorotea Budimir; born 16 April 1961),[1] is a Croatian singer-songwriter. She represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song "Željo moja", finishing 11th with 49 points, and Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 with the song "Marija Magdalena", finishing fourth with 118 points.


Dorotea Dragović was born in Split, Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia, and had an interest in singing since her childhood.[1] She cites Arsen Dedić, Gabi Novak and Tereza Kesovija as her biggest influences and childhood idols.[1] She came to regional prominence in early 1980s as a member of musical group More, and began her solo career in 1986,[1] The same year, she represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen with the song "Željo moja", and finished the 11th with 49 points.[2] Dragović has since been one of the most famous pop singers in Yugoslavia, later Croatia and its region.[3][4][5]

In 1999, Dragović was chosen to represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, after she won national election HRT Dora with her dramatic song "Marija Magdalena", written by prominent Croatian songwriter Tonči Huljić.[6] Dragović placed a respectable fourth in Jerusalem, despite having been drawn early in the singing order, sometimes cited as a disadvantage. Her performance also included the removal of some of her clothing — seen jocularly as a staple of Eurovision performances — and was well received in the first contest in which most countries allocated their points after a public telephone vote. This remains one of Croatia's best results at the contest. "Marija Magdalena" was also a radio hit on Greek radio station FLY FM 89,7 and reached number one on its airplay.

Personal life[edit]

Doris Dragović was known in the early 80s for her work with bands from Split. One of her best known singles "Hajde da se mazimo" was one of the most interesting pop songs of the decade called the "golden eighties". She is a known supporter of Torcida, fans of Hajduk Split football club.[3][5] In 2001, Dragović was threatened by Torcida supporters as she sang to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović at the 2000 New Year's Eve.[3]

Since 1990, Dragović is married to a former waterpolo player, Mario Budimir,[1][7] with whom she has a son named Borna (born 1990).[1] She is a devout Roman Catholic.[1][8]


Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Doris Dragović". (in Croatian). Retrieved 24 March 2014.
  2. ^ See Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
  3. ^ a b c Povratak Doris Dragović (10 October 2009)
  4. ^ Doris Dragović — Kompilacija povodom jubileja
  5. ^ a b Croatia Records – Doris Dragović
  6. ^ – Doris Dragović, "Marija Magdalena"
  7. ^ Slobodna Dalmacija ‹See Tfd›(in Croatian)
  8. ^

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Preceded by
Vlado & Isolda
with "Ciao, amore"
Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Novi Fosili
with "Ja sam za ples"
Preceded by
with "Neka mi ne svane"
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Goran Karan
with "Kad zaspu anđeli"