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  • Writer's pictureSamuel Lee

Croatia: 'Dora 2023' songs released

The 18 songs that will be competing in 'Dora 2023', Croatia's Eurovision national selection, on February 11 have been released by the Croatian broadcaster, Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).

The song titles and artists of the entries were announced by HRT back in December, and most notably include 'Dora 2020' winner Damir Kedžo. Damir is competing this year with a song called 'Angels and Demons.

The entries premiered on the HR2 radio show 'Svijet diskografije' in the afternoon of Thursday January 12 CET, before being released on the HRT Youtube channel.

Check out the songs here:

'Dora 2023' will be broadcast live from the Marino Cvetkovic Sports Hall in the town of Opatija in the evening of Saturday February 11 (morning of Sunday February 12 Australian time). Viewers will be able to watch the final on HRT1 or HRT's official website. Five other countries will choose their Eurovision entry on February 11 through national finals, in what has been dubbed Eurovision 'Super Saturday'.

Croatia debuted at Eurovision in 1993 after qualifying through Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (preselection for Millstreet). The nation had previously been represented de facto at Eurovision as part of Yugoslavia. 13 out of 26 Yugoslav Eurovision entries were from Croatia, including Yugoslavia's only winner 'Rock Me' by Riva in 1989. Croatia is yet to win Eurovision as an independent country. Their best showing is fourth place which they achieved with 'Sveta ljubav' by Maja Blagdan in 1996 and 'Marija Magdalena' Doris Dragović in 1999.

The Balkan nation last qualified for the Grand Final in 2017 with 'My Friend' performed by Jacques Houdek, a six year non-qualification streak they will hoping to break in Liverpool.

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