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All you need to know about Croatia's 'Dora' final

24 February 2024 at 11:36 CET
Croatia's Mia Dimšić at the Eurovision Opening Ceremony in 2022, at the Galleria Grande, La Venaria Reale EBU / Corinne Cumming
Your guide to following Sunday night's 'Dora' final, as Croatia selects its entry for the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.

How To Watch: The final of the 2024 edition of 'Dora' is happening on Sunday 25 February. It starts at 20:15 and is expected to last for just over three hours. You'll be able to follow the whole show live over on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel.

We've got 16 songs in the running to be Croatia's next entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.

On the evenings of Thursday and Friday, 22 and 23 February, two Dora semi-finals saw to it that a starting lineup of 24 tunes was whittled down to a more compact 16 - and we can now look forward to what's set to be an exciting Dora final on Sunday night!

The Dora final will be coming to us from the Croatian capital of Zagreb - the first time since 2011 that the song contest hasn't been held in the seaside resort of Opatija. 

Duško Čurlić, Maja Ciglenečki and Anja Cerar will be our three hosts throughout the three hours of Sunday evening entertainment. As well as introducing us to each of the 16 entries, the presenters will also be at the helm of a no-doubt gripping results section, which will take in scores from a public vote, a national jury and also an international jury, too.

The winner of the Dora final will be decided by a 50/50 combination of votes from the public and a jury. The jury will be made up of 4 individual panels from 4 areas of Croatia – Osijek, Rijeka, Split and Zagreb – plus 4 individual panels from 4 countries around Europe – Germany, Iceland, Italy and Ukraine.

Once all votes are in, counted and unveiled - we'll know which song will be representing Croatia in Malmö. Croatia's participation in 2024 comes after the country got to celebrate in Liverpool the 30th anniversary of its very first Eurovision Song Contest, back in Millstreet in 1993.

As well as the competing entries and the oh-so-important results, Dora 2024 has already set the bar pretty high for its guest performers!

During each of the semi-finals, Croatian broadcaster HRT invited a participant from the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 to come and perform their song for Croatian TV audiences.

Semi-final 1 had Slimane sing his entry for France, Mon Amour, while semi-final 2 had Raiven from neighbouring Slovenia come along and treat viewers to a rendition of Veronika.

Ahead of Sunday night's Dora final, you can already take a listen to all 16 of the songs that will be competing, and figure out which one you're going to be throwing all of your support behind!

Here they are, in the order that they will be performed on the night;

Natalie Balmix - Dijamanti

Mario Battifiaca feat. Robert Ferlin - Vodu piti trizan biti

Lana Mandarić - More

Boris Štok - Can We Talk

Stefany - Sretnih dana dat' će Bog

Pavel - Do mjeseca

Saša Lozar - Ne plačem zbog nje

Lara Demarin - Ne vjerujem ti

Let 3 - Babaroga

Alen Đuras - A Tamburitza Lullaby

Eugen - Tišine

Vatra - Slatke suze, gorka ljubav

Damir Kedžo - Voljena ženo

Baby Lasagna - Rim Tim Tagi Dim

Marcela - Gasoline

Vinko - Lying Eyes

 

The winner of Dora 2024 will succeed 2023's winners, Let 3. The band went on to represent Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool and achieved a 13th-place finish in the Grand Final for the country, with their crowd-pleaser Mama ŠČ!.

You can listen to all 37 songs of Eurovision 2024 via your favourite streaming service or watch the music videos on our YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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