The Dream (Roko Blažević song)

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"The Dream"
The Dream (Roko Blažević song).png
Single by Roko Blažević
Released17 February 2019
Format
Recorded2018
Length3:00
LabelCroatia
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Filip Gjud
  • Ivan Škunca
Music video
"The Dream" on YouTube
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 entry
Country
Artist(s)
Languages
English, Croatian
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)
Finals performance
Semi-final result
14th
Semi-final points
64
Final result
Did not qualify
Appearance chronology
◄ "Crazy" (2018)   

"The Dream" is a song performed by Croatian singer Roko Blažević and written by Jacques Houdek, Andrea Čubrić and Charlie Mason. The song represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.[1] A Croatian language version of the song, titled "Heroj" (English: Hero), was released on 18 February 2019.[2] The song was performed during the second semi-final on 16 May 2019, but did not quality for the final.

Background[edit]

"As an artist I gave it my all with the performance in Kiev, for now it should stay this way. I'm looking forward to Dora 2019. I already wrote the song and I have the perfect artist for it. It will be a perfect match for Eurovision, the creative concept will be made by my team, the same team who did my "My Friend" performance."

—Houdek, Jutarnji list[3]

Prior to the opening of the submission period Jacques Houdek started teasing the song.[3] On 20 November 2018 the Croatian national broadcaster HRT opened the song submission period for composers to send their entries for Dora 2019. until 15 January 2019.[4] On 11 January Houdek revealed in an interview with Slobodna Dalmacija that Roko Blažević would perform the song "The Dream".[5] Houdek and Blažević previously collaborated in the second season of the singing competition Zvijezde where Blažević finished as runner-up.[6] "The Dream" was released for digital download as a single through Croatia Records on 17 February 2019.[7] It was written by Jacques Houdek, Andrea Čubrić and Charlie Mason, while music was composed by Houdek.[8]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 17 January 2019, Roko Blažević was confirmed as one of the 16 participants in Dora 2019 with the song "The Dream".[9] On 6 February 2019 the running order was revealed by HRT and Blažević was assigned to the eleventh slot.[10] He won the national final on 16 February with a combined total of 24 points and represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.[11] The song was performed during the second semi-final on 16 May 2019, but did not quality for the final.[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

"The Dream" debuted at number one on the Croatian HR Top 40 chart, marking Blažević's first appearance on the chart.[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on 11 April 2019 via Eurovision Song Contest's YouTube channel.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."The Dream"3:00
2."Heroj" 

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Croatia (HR Top 40)[13] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 17 February 2019 Croatia [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (16 February 2019). "Croatia: Roko Blažević to Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix.com. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  2. ^ Kocijan, Ivana (19 February 2019). "Roko Blažević o planovima: 'Prvo škola, a onda punom parom pripreme za Izrael'" (in Croatian). Novi list. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Paić, Vinko (7 November 2018). "Fatalna Splićanka najavila pohod na Eurosong, pridružit će joj se neke etablirane face, ali i nove nade" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Roso, Antony (2 October 2018). "Croatia: Broadcaster HRT confirms the return of national final Dora". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  5. ^ Paić, Vinko (11 January 2019). "Jacques Houdek otkrio s kojim mladim Splićaninom planira pokoriti ne samo Doru već i Eurosong" (in Croatian). Slobodna Dalmacija. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  6. ^ Rožman, Klara (22 December 2018). "Kad je Huljić izgovorio moje ime, zaledila sam se..." (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Dora 2019. by Various Artists". iTunes Store. United States. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  8. ^ "HDS ZAMPA - Baza podataka: The Dream (Dora 2019)". ZAMP. Croatia. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  9. ^ Farren, Neil (17 January 2019). "Croatia: Dora 2019 Participants Revealed". Eurovoix. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  10. ^ Melvan, Mario (6 February 2019). "Croatia: HRT reveals Dora running order as 16 finalists prepare for showdown in Opatija". wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. ^ Groot, Evert (16 February 2019). "Croatia goes for Roko with 'The Dream' in 2019". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Second Semi-Final: Last 10 acts qualify for Eurovision 2019 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 16 May 2019. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  13. ^ a b "HRtop40 09. tjedan 2019. (18.02.2019. – 24.02.2019.)". Hrvatski Glazbeni Institut (Croatian Music Institute) (in Croatian). 4 March 2019. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  14. ^ Farren, Neil (11 April 2019). "Croatia: Roko Releases Video for "The Dream"". Eurovoix. Retrieved 11 April 2019.