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Mama ŠČ! – Let 3 win Dora 2023 in Croatia

Croatia has decided, and it's going to be the group Let 3 with the song "Mama ŠČ!" to Eurovision 2023

That's a wrap for Croatia! The nation has chosen their Eurovision 2023 representative and can now start getting things ready for Liverpool.

18 contestants tried their best to convince both the jury and the public at home – each worth 50% of the decision – that they were the best option for Liverpool. Regardless, once all the votes were counted, it was clear that Let 3 would have the honor of representing Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with the song "Mama ŠČ!"

Let 3 – "Mama ŠČ!"

"Mama ŠČ!" was written by Damir Martinović Mrle and Zoran Prodanović.

With a completely revamped image, Dora 2023's one-night event was broadcast live from Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Opatija, and hosted by three men: Croatian TV host Mirko Fodor and singers Mario Lipovšek Battifiaca and Marko Tolja.

The show began with segments based on dancing and graphics that soon gave way to Mia Dimšić (Croatia 2022), who opened the show with her last year's winning entry, "Guilty Pleasure." Other former Eurovision acts such as Tony Cetinski (Croatia 1994) also served as interval acts.

Dora 2023

Let 3

Let 3, Flight 3 in English, is a modern rock band from Rijeka, Croatia formed in 1987.

Besides their local popularity, Let 3 are known across former Yugoslav republics due to their original approach to rock music and their obscene live performances.

They're also known for provocative and vulgar lyrics and always shocking live performances.

The band features five members:

  • Damir Martinović (bass guitar, vocals)
  • Zoran Prodanović (vocals)
  • Ivan Bojčić (drums)
  • Dražen Baljak (guitar, mandolin)
  • Matej Zec (guitar, backing tracks)

Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Croatia 2017: Jacques Houdek - "My Friend"

Croatia has participated in Eurovision Song Contest 27 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").

Croatia 2017: Jacques Houdek - "My Friend"

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Croatia has qualified for the Grand Final 7 out of 16 times. They withdrew from Eurovision 2014 and 2015 due to financial limitations and poor results in the contest.

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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