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Croatian talents one step closer to Eurovision

29 January 2011 at 23:39 CET

With the expansion in 2011 of Dora,  the name used since long for the Croatian selections, the contest is spanning no  fewer than seven shows. All of them are shown on the main TV channel,  broadcast by live web stream and also broadcast on Croatian radio.

Saturday night, another selection out of the 24 contestants proceeded  in the selections. The artists performed well-known  pop songs – and they will only get original compositions to perform at a later stage of the Dora 2011. The line-up for the night was as follows, with the qualifiers in bold:

• Darija Kinzer
• Renata Holi
• Mijo Lešina
• Marija Rubčić
• Manuela Svorcan
• Katica Marinović
• Doris Teur
• Mirko Švenda
• Diana Heraković
• Ana Eškinja
• Filip Dizdar
• Saša Lozar

A sixth and final qualifier will be presented next week, since the viewers are granted an entire week for their final pick. The Croatian public are choosing the  songs to progress through each of the first six shows by televoting.

First semi-final results complete

From last week's semi-final, the sixth and final qualifier was also withheld. The viewers had finally decided on Tina Vukov.

This means that the complete result of the first semi-final is the following, with the qualifiers in bold:

• Artemija Stanić
• Damir Kedžo
• Ivana Brkašić
• Tina Vukov
• Miro Tomić
• Mila Soldatić
• Valentina Briški
Jelena Vanjek
• Sabrina Hebiri
• Mario Sambrailo
• Dora Benc
• Jacques Houdek

Struggling for a final duel

In each of the first and second programmes, twelve artists were competing, with six of them being eliminated. In the third programme, the  twelve artists who got the most votes in the first two programmes will  compete, and six will be eliminated. In the fourth programme, the  remaining six artists will compete, and two will be eliminated. In each  of the fifth and sixth programmes one artist will be eliminated, with  only two artists remaining for the national final.

The last two artists remaining will perform in the final show on  Saturday 5th March. In the final, there will be a 50/50 split between  public televoting and a special jury. The winner will ultimately  represent Croatia in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf.

The 24 artists and songs which have made it through from the initial submissions were chosen by an expert jury.

Achieved 4th place

Despite being one of the early favourites in Oslo 2010, Croatia's  Feminnem failed to qualify from the Second Semi-Final with their ballad Lako Je Sve.  Croatia's biggest successes in the Eurovision Song Contest were in the  late 1990's, when they achieved 4th place twice, in 1996 in Oslo with  Maja Blagdan's Sveta Ljubav and again in 1999 with Doris and Marija Magdalena.