Search
Close this search box.

Croatia

🇭🇷 Croatia: 1st semifinal of DORA

Tonight, the first of two semifinals of DORA will be held. Since 1993, when Croatia first took part, DORA is the national final. In tonight’s semifinal, 12 songs will compete, 8 of which will go to the final, next Sunday. The show will start at 20:15 CET and you can watch it here and on YouTube. These are the twelve competing songs: Noelle sings “Baby baby” Mario Battifiaca feat. Robert Ferlin sing “Vodu piti trizan biti” Stefany Žužić sings “Stretnih dana dat’ će bog” Misha sings “One day” Erna sings “How do you love me” Eugen sings “Tišine” Vinko sings “Lying eyes” Barbara Munjas sings “Nepobjevida” Let 3 sings “Babaroga” Lana Manadrić sings “More” Pavel sings “Do mjeseca” Saša Lozar sings “Ne plačem zbog nje”   Barbara Munjas already participated in 2007 (semifinal). Last year she was 8th.Saša Lozar took part in the 2011 heats.Let 3 represented Croatia in the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Mama šč!”.  

Read More »

Liverpool live: Sweaty sweaters, video games and red feathers

Every participant has it’s second rehearsal today. That means we already know a lot and we can just say whether there are (major) changes or not. Different from other years, no independent journalists or fan media can join the rehearsals. What you read is what Eurovision.tv wants us to know. photo credits: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett/Corinne Cummings/Chloe Hashemi Norway The Norwegian act is the same as in the first rehearsal. According to the reporters of eurovision.tv she hit the high notes. Alessandra is currently 6th at the bookmakers, which means she might do well for Norway this year. Malta The Maltese act is one were a lot happens. And singer Dav jr. even wears two sweaters. He takes one off during the show. According to him that is quite…. sweaty. Dav already took part in the national final in 2020. However, he says it is now the right time to go to Eurovision. The day after he was eliminated from the X-Factor 2020, his father passed away, so that was not a good moment for Eurovision.Unfortunately the bookmakers are not happy about Malta yet. Hopefully they are wrong this time! Serbia Sometimes it is difficult to know what will happen on tv when you are in the hall. That is why only now a lot of on-screen video game references came up in the reports. It fits in the act: somebody who just wants to sleep as there are so many bad things going on in the world. The song is written during the COVID19 lockdowns. Currently, Serbia is no. 17 in the betting odds. Latvia At least they have their outfits now, so it seems the luggage problem is solved. The band members are all wearing jackets and blouses with long, thin ties over it. Lead singer Andrejs Reinis Zitmanis wears a beige jacket, the others have darker cloths. Currently Latvia does not do well in the betting odds with a 35th place. However, we can not exclude a place in the final. Portugal Enthusiasm for the uptempo song Portugal brings on stage. There have not been many changes at all in the Portuguese entry. Mimicat still wears the feather dress that impressed in the first rehearsal. Portugal is currently 26th in the betting odds, which makes it likely that Mimicat will go through to the final. Ireland About Ireland, the same information is given by eurovision.tv as they did Monday: the members of Wild Youth are having fun on stage. Ireland is currently 24th at the betting odds. However, if you look at the qualifiers of semifinal one, they are 14th. A strange contradiction, and it makes the line on the official website quite cynical: “…and they look like they’re having the best time ever – the Irish delegation should be really happy”. Croatia Croatia’s Let 3 is having their second rehearsal, and their performance looks just as impressive on the big screen as it did in the hall, says eurovision.tv. However, the visual spectacle appears even more impressive and vibrant than before. The colors are now more intense and psychedelic, and the removal of clothing is now even more detailed and noticeable due to the high definition visuals. Judge for yourself if you should be happy with that. The betting ods give Croatia a 15th place. in collaboration with Eurovision Artists                                            

Read More »

Liverpool live: rehearsal schedule

The rehearsals continue with the 2nd rehearsal of 15 countries. The countries now have only 20 minutes to rehearse.  11.30 – 11.50 Norway11.55 – 12.15 Malta12.20 – 12.40 Serbia12.45 – 13.05 Latvia13.10 – 13.30 Portugal13.35 – 13.55 Ireland15.00 – 15.20 Croatia15.25 – 15.45 Switzerland15.50 – 16.10 Israel16.15 – 16.35 Moldova16.40 – 17.00 Sweden17.05 – 17.25 Azerbaijan17.30 – 17.50 Czechia17.55 – 18.15 The Netherlands18.20 – 18.40 Finland 

Read More »

Liverpool live: about sparks, costumes and a lightbox

We’ve had the second half of today’s rehearsals. Here is what we saw and heard today. photo credits: EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett/Corinne Cummings Ireland Spotlights are on Conor, the singer of Wild Youth. He has a rock gold catsuit with flares. There are stairs on stage. And there will be pyro technics. A lot of sparkles are visible by the end of the performance. Eurovision.tv is enthousiastic about the singalong capacities of the song. “Even on the first rehearsal, it’s easy to imagine the crowd in the Liverpool Arena singing along to this euphoric chorus.” Croatia As expected, the members of Let3 wear the costumes they also had in the national final. At eurovision.tv they speak about ‘high fashion hat/dress combo’s’. However, we do not reccomend you wearing this to a party. At the end of the song, they strip down to their underwear and they wave with huge missiles. On the LED-screen you see the faces of the band members. The missiles emit a shower of sparks over the Let3 members!  Switzerland As in 2021 and 2022 it is Sacha Jean-Baptiste who is responsible for the Swiss staging. Where you would expect Remo Forrer alone on stage with a spotlight on it, nothing less is true. There are dancers with Remo on stage and he also dances himself. There’s also pyro technics: a short interlude of smoke and red fireworks raining down from the roof. Moldova For the second time, Pasha Parfeni enters the Eurovision stage. We saw him for the first time in 2012. He is surrounded by huge drums, a flutist and two backing singers with horned headdresses. A lot to see and a completely different act from what we saw 11 years ago. Sweden Loreen currently tops the bookmakers. She has the same act as in Melodifestivalen, herself sitting under the huge lightbox. The one from Melodifestivalen however was too heavy, so a lighter version can be seen in Liverpool. It is also lifted a little bit off the ground. The catsuit, the long nails and everything else is the same as in Melodifestivalen, including Loreen’s strong vocals.

Read More »

Let3

© EBU/Sarah Louise Bennett About Quick Facts Members Damir MartinovićZoran ProdanovićIvan BojčićDražen BaljakMatej Zec Founded1987 Nationality🇭🇷 Croatian National SelectionDora 2023 In Eurovision2023 Liverpool SongMama ŠČ! (2023) Biography Let 3 is a Croatian rock band that was formed in 1987 in the city of Rijeka. The band is known for their unique and provocative style, incorporating elements of punk, metal, and electronic music, as well as their extravagant stage performances and controversial lyrics. The band’s original lineup consisted of Damir “Mrle” Martinović, Zoran “Prlja” Prodanović, and Igor “Ico” Perković. They released their first album, “Two Dogs Fuckin’”, in 1989, which quickly gained them a cult status in Croatia. Let 3’s early music was characterized by its aggressive punk rock sound and lyrics that often dealt with taboo subjects such as sex and politics. In the early 1990s, the band began experimenting with electronic music, incorporating elements of techno and industrial into their sound. This culminated in their breakthrough album, “Peace”, released in 1996. The album featured the hit single “Dnevnik jedne ljubavi”, which became a massive hit in Croatia and established Let 3 as one of the country’s most popular bands. Throughout their career, Let 3 has remained a highly controversial band due to their provocative stage shows and lyrics, which often feature explicit sexual themes and political commentary. They have been banned from performing in certain venues and festivals due to the controversial nature of their performances. Despite this, Let 3 has remained a highly influential band in Croatia and has continued to release critically acclaimed albums, including “Jedina” in 2000, “Bombardiranje Srbije i Čačka” in 2005 , “Živa pička (uživo)” in 2008. In 2013, after a 5 year break, they released a new album: “Kurcem do vjere/Thank you lord”. Their most recent album came out in 2016: “Angela Merkel sere”. On the 11th of february 2023, they won DORA, the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the song “Mama ŠČ!”. In the final of the Eurovision Song Contest they reached a 13th place. Entries Mama ŠČ! Country🇭🇷 Croatia Year2023 LanguageCroatian LyricsDamir Martinović MusicDamir MartinovićZoran Prodanović DancersŽanil Tataj – Žak Results Semi Points: 76Position: 8Running order: 7 Results Finals Points: 123Position: 13Running order: 25 https://youtu.be/hGuGfdEJ5Pw

Read More »

Croatia: controversial Let 3 wins DORA

The controversial Croatian band Let 3 has won DORA, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest. The band will thus represent Croatia with the song “Mama šč!”. Croatia will perform in the 1st half of the first semifinal. The full results of DORA 2023 are: Let 3, “Mama šč!”, 279 pts. Harmonija Disonance, “Nevera (lei lei)”, 155 pts. Detour, “Master blaster”, 114 pts. The Splitters, “Lost and found”, 110 pts. Damir Kedžo, “Angels and demons”, 103 pts. Eni Jurišić, “Kreni dalje”, 71 pts. Krešo & Kisele Kiše, “Kme kme”, 53 pts. Barbara Munjas, “Putem snova”, 52 pts. Meri Andraković, “Bye bye blonde”, 44 pts. Hana Mašić, “Nesreća”, 33 pts. Top Of The Pops ft. Mario 5reković, “Putovanje”, 33 pts. Martha May, “Distance”, 31 pts. Boris Štok, “Grijeh”, 17 pts. Đana, “Free fallin’”, 14 pts. Maja Grgić, “I still live”, 13 pts. Yogi, “Love at first sight”, 13 pts. Tajana Belina, “Dom”, 10 pts. Patricia Gasparini, “I will wait”, 8 pts.

Read More »

Croatia: Dora, the national final, will be held

The Croatian national final for Eurovision, Dora, will be held tonight. The contest contains 18 songs. The Croatian entry will be chosen through 50% televoting and 50% jury. The show starts at 20:15 CET and you can watch it here. The songs are: 1 Top Of The Pops ft. Mario 5reković Putovanje 2 Yogi Love at first sight 3 Boris Štok Grijeh 4 Tajana Belina Dom 5 Krešo & Kisele Kiše Kme kme 6 Maja Grgić I still live 7 Barbara Munjas Putem snova 8 Đana Free fallin’ 9 Patricia Gasparini I will wait 10 The Splitters Lost and found 11 Hana Mašić Nesreća 12 Damir Kedžo Angels and demons 13 Martha May Distance 14 Detour Master Blaster 15 Meri Andraković Bye bye blonde 16 Let 3 Mama šč! 17 Eni Jurišić Kreni dalje 18 Harmonija Disonance Nevera (lei lei) Barbara Munjas took part in the 2007 DORA semifinal.Đana took part in DORA 2020 and became 7th.Damir Kedžo was in the 2011 heats. In 2020 he won Dora. His song “Divlji vetre” unfortunately never reached the Eurovision stage due to COVID19.

Read More »

Mia Dimšić

© EBU/Andres Putting About Quick Facts NameMia Dimšić Born07 November 1992 Nationality🇭🇷 Croatian National SelectionDora 2022 In Eurovision2022 Turin SongGuilty pleasure Biography Mia Dimšić (Osijek, November 7, 1992) is a Croatian pop singer and songwriter. She was born in Osijek, Croatia.  Mia graduated in German and English at the Faculty of Philosophy in Osijek. She presentrf her first single “Budi mi blizu” on October 12, 2015. Her debut album “Život nije siv”, released in 2017, became the best-selling album in Croatia in a very short time. The song of the same name was declared the most listened to and aired on radio stations in 2016, and the Croatian Record Association awarded the singer the recognition for the best young performer in the same year. In 2017, she held her first solo concert at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, entitled “Božićni koncert za male i velike”. In collaboration with the Christian band Emanuel, she recorded two songs of a spiritual nature: “Kako divno i me” and “Zlatnih krila”. Her second album “Sretan put” was released in 2019. In August, “Sva blaga ovog svijeta” climbed to the number one position, making it Dimšić’s sixth single to top the HR Top 40 chart as lead artist. In 2022, Mia won Dora, the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, and thus represented Croatia in the international final. Entries Guilty Pleasure Country🇭🇷 Croatia Year2022 LanguageEnglishCroatian LyricsMia DimšićVjekoslav DimterDamir Bačić MusicMia DimšićVjekoslav DimterDamir Bačić BackingsBruna OberanJosip Palameta DancersDanon VrlićRoman VrančićRebecca Krajnović Results Semi Points: 75Position: 11Running order: 11 Results Finals Points: –Position: – Running order: – https://youtu.be/9vBQdtW3mJE

Read More »

Day 5: A sun that doesn’t move, a Greek tavern and COVID19

Today we saw the second rehearsals for the first 14 countries from the first semifinal. For the first time the press was allowed to see the rehearsals on large TV screens in the press center. It is now certain that the kinetic sun does not rotate. During the first rehearsals it turned out that the time between performances was too short to move the center part of the sun. As a result, several countries had to adjust their graphics, because they were not or only partially visible ALBANIA: The outfit had been changed and Ronela Hajati also had her own blond hair again, instead of the pink hair she had during the first rehearsal. It was a dynamic performance, in which there was almost constant dancing, together with her four dancers and a dancer. After the first rehearsal, there were some comments about an allegedly offensive dance move by Ronela with her dancer, but she kept it in anyway. LATVIA: The six were wearing the familiar colorful suits and the decor was also very colorful. Various types of vegetables were displayed on the LED screen. In the middle of the song there was a moment for the saxophonist. The performance ended with the singer making a split. LITHUANIA: Monika Liu stood alone on the big stage in Turin and mainly sang her song into the camera. She moved elegantly and attracted all the attention. The song doesn’t really need anything more. SWITZERLAND: Dressed all in black, Marius Bear was on stage and a broken heart was visible on his face and on the floor. So emotions abound. SLOVENIA: As said before, it was a big disco ball that mainly caught the attention of the Slovenian act. The boys wore 1970s-style velvet suits and the drummer appeared to be drumming above the disco ball. Compared to the previous rehearsal, there was little change. UKRAINE: There was a lot to see on stage, besides the colorful costumes there was a lot of visual spectacle. It was traditional, ethnic with a modern twist, just like last year’s contribution. Because of the war in Ukraine, this performance has something emotional and that is subtly reflected in the visual spectacle. BULGARIA: The performance started with a split screen, showing the drummer on one side and another member of the group. A small rock concert with all the trimmings, including a lot of fire(work). THE NETHERLANDS: There were few noticeable changes from the first rehearsal of S10. In the Netherlands, there was some fuss about the singer’s bare belly, but it is still naked for a while. A lot has been taken out of the lighting of S10. MOLDOVA: After the intimate moment of the Netherlands, a party erupted on stage with the contribution of Zdob şi Zdub, who are participating for the third time. They used the entire stage for their folklore song: Hey ho, let’s go…, but no train on stage. Lots of color, matching the contribution. CROATIA: During rehearsals today, Mia had problems with her in-ears. No surprises at Mia’s performance. The postcards were also shown to the press today. A drone searches for the location where the artist of the country in question can be seen and we see the visual artist in the area. DENMARK: The beginning was just like in the national final, Siggy starts alone at the piano, with her quieter part of the song and then the rock show starts. Last year we went back to the eighties with Denmark, now it seems back to the nineties. In case you don’t remember the name of the band, REDDI appeared on the LED screen. AUSTRIA: Of course there is a Halo on stage. Lots of fireworks and strong staging. The vocal part of the duo was, as we can see now, quite disappointing. GREECE: For those who don’t understand the act of Greece: Amanda seems to be in a Greek tavern; hence the chairs around her. But some of the seats have fallen over. That fits with the lyrics of the song. Amanda could count on a big round of applause from the audience. PORTUGAL: A delegation member from Portugal tested positive for corona, so the entire delegation had to go back to the hotel and be tested. Fortunately none of the ladies tested positive and they were able to rehearse for their performance, but later than planned. After all the rehearsals had been completed, Portugal was allowed to go on stage after Greece. During this rehearsal it was clear that it was one of the background singers who tested positive for corona. The ladies were lined up in a circle and brought this atmospheric contribution in a good way.

Read More »

Day 2: Another eight rehearsals

The second day of rehearsals: For now, there seems to be no solution in sight regarding the kinetic sun on stage. Meanwhile, the second group of semifinalists made their appearance for rehearsals. We still get little information. We do not know how the participants sing. What we get is mainly the picture. What you can do best, is read this article and follow Kal’s Italian journey on Youtube, Instagram and TikTok PORTUGAL: “Saudade” is one such word that occurs in only one language. It’s what MARO sings about. MARO is on the back podium, close to the green room. She and her backing vocals form a circle, MARO in purple in the spotlight. The graphics are kept simple: some indefinable figures in different colors. Before we forget: the smoke machine is working. CROATIA: Is Croatia your guilty pleasure this year by any chance? Mia is wearing a pink-red dress, with at least one leg clearly visible. The three dancers are wearing less bright colors. They tell a story with their movements. DENMARK: The Reddi girls wear orange, green, red and checkered purple suits. They all have an instrument in their hands that makes you wonder if they can play it at all. Retro 70s, that’s what we see. The graphics consist of checkered neon colors. AUSTRIA: LUM!X and Pia Maria stand in a kind of illuminated circle, in which we see the colors of the Austrian flag. There is a lot of movement and dancing on the stage. Bright lights and pyrotechnics are not lacking in this act either. ICELAND: “Með Hækkandi Sól” is the name of Systur’s song. The ladies are dressed in retro 70s outfits. One of the three is wearing an imposing hat. The graphics consist of glitter. According to Eurovision.tv, that gives the whole thing something magical. The show seems to end in bright orange light. GREECE: Amanda wears a long silver-white dress. She is alone on stage. Around her, in blue light, chairs stand and lie in a circle. Eurovision.tv reports an echo on the vocal, but what they exactly mean by that is not clear. NORWAY: For those who have been following Subwoolfer for a while, the Norwegian performance will contain few surprises. Keith and Jim, who we still don’t know who they really are, wear their yellow wolf heads. They are assisted by three dancers, also completely wrapped in yellow. All wear sunglasses. Behind them DJ Astronaut is standing on a platform, he is completely dressed in gold. ARMENIA: Rosa Linn from Armenia performs in a special setting: a complete bedroom! The furniture and walls seem to be made entirely of scrap paper. Rosa Linn sits in the midst of it all with her guitar, playing her song.

Read More »