Sanja Doležal

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Sanja Doležal
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Sanja Doležal

(1963-05-09) 9 May 1963 (age 56)
OccupationSinger, television host
Spouse(s)Nenad Šarić (m. 1993–2012; his death)

Sanja Doležal (born 9 May 1963) is a Croatian singer and television host.

She is best known for being a member of the pop music band Novi fosili between 1984 and the early 1990s, during the peak of the group's popularity.

After retiring from her singing career, Doležal appeared in several television hosting roles before starting her own daily talk show titled Sanja in 2004 on the newly founded private-owned television channel RTL Televizija. Sanja ran from May 2004 until the summer of 2006, when it was cancelled. The show discussed various issues of everyday life and it featured both celebrity guests and regular people.

In late 2010, she appeared in Ples sa zvijezdama, the Croatian version of Dancing with the Stars, aired on HRT 1.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

As a child she appeared in commercials for Medolino and Frutolino, brands of baby food manufactured by Croatian company Podravka. She then joined a Zagreb pop-rock band "First Love" in 1981. It was the first teen band in the former Yugoslavia, which continued to be active between 1978 and 1982. During her time with the group she recorded the album Private (1981) and If we remain alone (1982).

In 1984 she joined Novi fosili, a pop band founded in 1969, in order to replace their first singer Đurđica Barlović. Doležal remained with the band until 1991, and re-joined them again briefly in 2005. With Doležal, the band released seven albums and became one of the most popular pop acts in Yugoslavia, selling hundreds of thousands of records and regularly performing at sold-out venues. During their heyday, the band represented Yugoslavia in the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest (on her 24th birthday), with the song Ja sam za ples (I Wanna Dance) and finished fourth with 92 points.

After leaving the band in 1991 she recorded three solo albums to much less success, before retiring from singing in the early 2000s. She then played a role of a celebrity journalist in the music and comedy show Jel' me netko tražio aired on HRT. She the hosted her own daytime talk show Sanja on RTL from 2004 to 2006. She is currently one of the hosts of Croatian Radiotelevision's morning program Dobro jutro, Hrvatska (Good Morning Croatia).

Personal life[edit]

Doležal was married to Nenad Šarić, the former drummer of Novi fosili, who died in 2012. She has two children, son Luka and daughter Lea.



  • Non stop ples (1993)
  • Kao u snu (1994)
  • Plavuša (2000)

Guest singles[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Prince of Egypt Queen Tuya Croatian dub
2004 Bore Lee: Čuvaj se sinjske ruke Herself
2006 Nad lipom 35 Herself TV series
2011 Lea and Darija Nina Selak


  1. ^ "Sanja Doležal i Hrvoje Kraševac napustili "Ples sa zvijezdama"!". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.

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