Croatia Dora 2024 Semi-final 1
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Croatia: The first eight acts advance to the Dora 2024 Final

Tonight was the first Dora 2024 Semi-final. 12 acts took to the stage to perform their songs, with eight of them moving on to the Final on 25 February

Tonight was the first of two Semi-finals to take place in Croatia's national selection process for Eurovision, Dora 2024.

We saw 12 acts perform their songs tonight, all with the hope of moving on to the Final. After the performances, the voting started to determine which of the eight acts would head to the Final.

The voting to determine the results was 100% televote.

Dora 2024 – Semi-final 1

Tonight, the show was broadcasted live from HRT Studios in Zagreb, with Duško Ćurlić and Maja Ciglenečki hosting this Semi-final.

We also saw an incredible guest performance from Silmane, who performed his Eurovision 2024 song Mon Amour, which he'll be representing France with.

The eight participants who qualified for the Final tonight will be joined by eight more from Semi-final 2, which will be held on 23 February.

Dora 2024

Croatian broadcaster HRT has opted to continue using Dora to select who will represent them at Eurovision.

Dora 2024 will consist of three shows:

  • Semi-final 1: 22 February 2024

Hosted by Duško Ćurlić and Maja Ciglenečki. The first 12 acts will compete with eight moving on to the Final. Voting was determined by 100% televote.

  • Semi-final 2: 23 February 2024

Hosted by Duško Ćurlić and Anja Cerar. The remaining 12 acts will compete with eight moving on to the Final. Voting will be determined by 100% televote.

  • Final: 25 February 2024

Hosted by Duško Ćurlić, Maja Ciglenečki, and Anja Cerar. The 16 finalists will perform and a winner will be determined by 25% national jury, 25% international jury, and 50% public vote. The winner will represent Croatia at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö this May.

All three shows will be broadcast live from HRT Studios in Zagreb.

Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Croatia has participated in Eurovision Song Contest 28 times since their debut in 1993. The first victory for Croatia in Eurovision is yet to come. The best result is two 4th place finishes; in 1996 (Maja Blagdan - "Sveta Ljubav") and 1999 (Doris Dragovic - "Marija Magdalena").

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Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Croatia has qualified for the Grand Final 8 out of 17 times. They withdrew from Eurovision 2014 and 2015 due to financial limitations and poor results in the contest.

About the author: Justina Helgeson (United States of America)

authorJustina is a correspondent from the United States. She is a more recent fan as she first started following Eurovision in 2021. Since then, she has followed every Eurovision related event and developed a passion for the contest as a whole. If you were to ask them what their favourite all time Eurovision song is, Fairytale by Alexander Rybak will always be their answer.

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