24 artists began the Dora 2011 journey earlier this year, and week by week contestants have been eliminated and voted out by the Croatian televoting public. Last weekend, Daria Kinzer and Jacques Houdek learned that they had both made it through to tonight's final.
Three composers had each been commissioned to write a song especially for the Dora final, and earlier this week, Croatian broadcaster HRT announced the titles of the three songs competing tonight (Composers name in brackets) :-
Jacques Houdek and Daria Kinzer will each perform all three songs. In the first round, one song will be selected for each of the finalists by a combined method of jury voting and televoting. The Croatian televoting public will then decide which of the two so called winning combinations will represent Croatia in Düsseldorf.
The jury for the Dora final is comprised of Tonči Huljić, the compsoer of the 1999, 2001 and 2009 Croatian entries in Europe's Favourite TV Show, Severina who herself represented Croatia in Athens in 2006, and also was a jury in last weekend's Slovenian national selection, and finally Andrej Babić, composer of the Eurovision Song Contest entries from Croatia in 2003, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2005, Slovenia 2007 and 2009 and Portugal 2008.
The guest artists who will perform in the final this evening are Feminnem, last years Croatian representatives in Oslo, 2005 Croatian representative Boris Novković and famous Croatian singer songwriter Petar Grašo, who co wrote and composed the 1998 Croatian Eurovision Song Contest entry from Danijela.
Croatia will participate in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Germany on Tuesday 10th May.