Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Croatia
National selection
Selection processDora 2022
Selection date(s)19 February 2022
Selected entrantMia Dimšić
Selected song"Guilty Pleasure"
Selected songwriter(s)Mia Dimšić
Vjekoslav Dimter
Damir Bačić
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (11th)
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Croatia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy, with "Guilty Pleasure", which was written by Mia Dimšić, Vjekoslav Dimter and Damir Bačić and performed by Mia Dimšić. The Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) organised Dora 2022 on 19 February 2022 to select their entry for the contest.

Croatia was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 11, "Guilty Pleasure" was not announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore did not qualify to compete in the final. It was later revealed that Croatia placed 11th out of the 17 participating countries in the semi-final with 75 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-six times since its first entry in 1993.[1] Croatia's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been fourth place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 1996 with the song "Sveta ljubav" performed by Maja Blagdan and in 1999 "Marija Magdalena" performed by Doris Dragović. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Croatia had featured in seven finals. In 2021, Croatia was represented by Albina and the song "Tick-Tock". The country ended in eleventh place in the first semi-final with 110 points, not progressing to the final.[2]

Before Eurovision

Dora 2022

The national broadcaster HRT organised Dora 2022 in order to select the nation's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The competition consisted of fourteen entries competing in one final held on 19 February 2022 at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Opatija[3] and hosted by Duško Ćurlić, Elizabeta Brodić [hr] and Croatia's 2018 representative Franka Batelić.[4] No live audience was allowed to attend the event as a measure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, with HRT reserving to change the dispositions if they deem it appropriate. For the same reasons, any artists who tested positive for the disease did not perform live and the recording of their dress rehearsal were used instead.[5]

Voting

On 2 February 2022, the voting system which would be put in place in the contest was revealed.[6]

The winner of Dora 2022 was determined by the votes of ten regional juries and of the public, each accounting for 50% of the result. In case of a tie, the public vote would take precedence. The juries consisted of three members each (one HRT music employee, one member of the Croatian Composers' Association and one member of the Croatian Music Union), in representation of the following regions:

On the dress rehearsal, held on 18 February, each jury member ranked the songs from 1st to 14th, with the three rankings of each jury being summed into one. The first ten songs in each jury ranking were then respectively awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 points and 1 point.

The public was able to vote by phone call or SMS, with a maximum of 10 votes allowed per voter. The percentage of votes received by each entry was applied to a total of 580 points to be distributed accordingly.

Competing entries

On 27 October 2021, HRT opened a submission period for artists and composers to send their entries to the broadcaster until 25 November 2021, later extending the deadline until 12 December 2021.[7] 184 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. Unlike in 2021, the winning song may no longer undergo a major revamp following victory, with only minor modifications allowed with permission from the broadcaster.[8] The 14 selected songs were revealed on 17 December 2021, along with 4 reserve songs to compete if one or more of the 14 already selected songs could not: "3AM" by Karlo Vudrić, "Gladiator" by Vlatka Burić Dujmović Vyan, "What If" by Totalni Optimizam, and "Ghost" by Stella Scholaja.[9] The songs were released on 10 February 2022.

Artist Song Language Songwriter(s)
Bernarda "Here for Love" English Bernarda Brunović, Adriana Pupavac, Andreas Björkman, Karl Persson, Jonas Ekdahl, Aidan O'Connor
Elis Lovrić "No War" English, Northern Chakavian Anthony Kukuljan, Elis Lovrić, Sandi Bratonja
Ella Orešković "If You Walk Away" English Siniša Reljić
Eric Vidović "I Found You" English Eric Vidović, Filip Vidović, Gordan Dragić
Jessa "My Next Mistake" English Silvio Pasarić, Jessica Atlić-McColgan
Marko Bošnjak "Moli za nas" Croatian Vlaho Arbulić, Mihovil Šoštarić
Mia Dimšić "Guilty Pleasure" English Mia Dimšić, Vjekoslav Dimter, Damir Bačić
Mia Negovetić "Forgive Me (Oprosti)" English, Croatian Andreas Stone Johansson, Denniz Jamm, Laurell Barker, Mia Negovetić
Mila Elegović [hr] "Ljubav" Croatian Bruno Krajcar
Roko Vušković "Malo kasnije" English Predrag Martinjak, Roko Vušković, Jan Šinjor Cvetković
Tia "Voli me do neba" Croatian Vlaho Arbulić, Mihovil Šoštarić
Tina Vukov "Hideout" English Rejhan Okanović, Tomislav Gojanović, Josipa Vujević
ToMa "In the Darkness" English Adriana Pupavac, Andreas Björkman, Tomislav Marić, Aidan O'Connor, Samuel Runsteen
Zdenka Kovačiček "Stay on the Bright Side" English Adi Karas, Elvis Sršen NoA, Zvonimir Bajević, Jurica Hotko

Final

On 24 January 2022, the HRT hosted the running order allocation draw on the local TV show Kod Nas Doma with Branimir Mihaljević [hr] and Barbara Kolar as hosts.[10][11] The final took place on 19 February 2022. The winner, "Guilty Pleasure" performed by Mia Dimšić, was determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from ten regional juries and a public televote. The viewers and the juries each had a total of 580 points to award. Each jury group distributed their points as follows: 1-8, 10 and 12 points. The viewer vote was based on the percentage of votes each song achieved through telephone and SMS voting. For example, if a song gained 10% of the viewer vote, then that entry would be awarded 10% of 580 points rounded to the nearest integer: 58 points. Ties were decided in favour of the entry ranked higher by the public televote.

Final – 19 February 2022[12]
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
Phone SMS Total Points
1 Mila Elegović "Ljubav" 3 1,145 246 1,391 12 15 14
2 Mia Negovetić "Forgive Me (Oprosti)" 81 5,278 2,226 7,504 60 141 3
3 Marko Bošnjak "Moli za nas" 71 7,161 6,342 13,503 108 179 2
4 Jessa "My Next Mistake" 8 794 332 1,126 9 17 12
5 Zdenka Kovačiček "Stay on the Bright Side" 31 1,691 812 2,503 20 51 9
6 Tina Vukov "Hideout" 33 2,130 726 2,856 23 56 8
7 Roko Vušković "Malo kasnije" 8 717 356 1,073 9 17 13
8 Bernarda "Here for Love" 64 3,710 2,201 5,911 47 111 4
9 Eric Vidović "I Found You" 59 3,610 1,797 5,407 43 102 5
10 ToMa "In the Darkness" 43 1,856 1,203 3,059 25 68 7
11 Elis Lovrić "No War" 64 2,350 1,382 3,732 30 94 6
12 Ella Orešković "If You Walk Away" 11 1,466 643 2,109 17 28 10
13 Tia "Voli me do neba" 13 832 525 1,357 11 24 11
14 Mia Dimšić "Guilty Pleasure" 91 13,388 7,271 20,659 166 257 1

At Eurovision

Grinzane Cavour was the location of Mia Dimšić's postcard.
A video postcard introduced Mia's performance in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in the Italian commune of Grinzane Cavour in the Province of Cuneo
and featured virtual projections of Mia across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Croatia was placed into the first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[14]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Croatia was set to perform in position 11, following the entry from Portugal and before the entry from Denmark.[15]

In Croatia, all shows were broadcast on HRT 1 and HR 2, with commentary by Duško Ćurlić and Zlatko Turkalj [hr] respectively.[16][17] The Croatian spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Croatian jury during the final, was Ivan Dorian Molnar, who previously also announced the points for Croatia in 2021.

Semi-final

Mia Dimšić took part in technical rehearsals on 1 and 5 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Croatian performance featured Mia Dimšić dressed in a pink silk dress with a guitar. The performance featured several backing vocalists and dancers and followed a black and white theme during the verses before bursts of colour during the chorus. Prior to the semi-final, it was announced that HRT had approved the use of Croatian language lyrics for Mia's performance in the first semi-final.[18]

At the end of the show, Croatia was not announced among the top 10 entries in the first semi-final and therefore failed to qualify to compete in the final. This was Croatia's fourth consecutive non-qualification to the grand final having last appeared in 2017. It was later revealed that Croatia placed eleventh in the semi-final, receiving a total of 75 points: 33 points from the televoting and 42 points from the juries. This was the second contest in a row that Croatia finished eleventh in the semi-final, just one spot from qualification.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Croatia during the first semi-final. Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.[19] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[20][21] The Croatian jury consisted of Dinko Komadina, Mia Elizabeta Negovetić, Nela, Pegi, and Saša Lozar.[20][21] In the first semi-final, Croatia finished in eleventh place out of seventeen entries, marking the country's fourth consecutive non-qualification from the semi-finals. The first semi-final saw Croatia receive twelve points from Slovenia in the televote. Over the course of the contest, Croatia awarded its 12 points to Portugal (jury) and Ukraine (televote) in the first semi-final and to Serbia in both the jury and televote in the final.[22][23]

Points awarded to Croatia

Points awarded to Croatia (Semi-final 1)[24]
Score Televote Jury
12 points  Slovenia
10 points
8 points  Greece
 Slovenia
7 points
6 points  Albania
 Austria
  Switzerland
 Bulgaria
5 points
4 points  Armenia
 Italy
3 points  Albania
 Austria
 Netherlands
 Ukraine
2 points  Bulgaria
1 point  Portugal

Points awarded by Croatia

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Croatian jury:[20][21]

  • Dinko Komadina - TV producer, broadcaster
  • Mia Elizabeta Negovetić - Singer-songwriter, participated in Dora 2022
  • Nela – Performer, musician
  • Pegi – Singer-songwriter
  • Saša Lozar – Singer-songwriter
Detailed voting results from Croatia (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 14 16 16 9 12 14 9 2
02  Latvia 12 11 11 11 10 11 13
03  Lithuania 2 3 1 4 2 2 10 5 6
04   Switzerland 5 1 7 5 16 5 6 16
05  Slovenia 6 10 4 8 4 6 5 3 8
06  Ukraine 3 7 6 3 7 4 7 1 12
07  Bulgaria 15 15 15 15 14 16 14
08  Netherlands 7 4 5 12 15 9 2 8 3
09  Moldova 16 12 14 13 9 13 2 10
10  Portugal 1 5 3 2 1 1 12 10 1
11  Croatia
12  Denmark 9 6 8 6 6 8 3 12
13  Austria 13 13 13 16 13 15 7 4
14  Iceland 8 8 9 7 3 7 4 15
15  Greece 4 2 2 1 5 3 8 11
16  Norway 11 14 12 14 8 12 4 7
17  Armenia 10 9 10 10 11 10 1 6 5
Detailed voting results from Croatia (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 19 14 12 17 9 15 20
02  Romania 23 22 8 23 11 16 15
03  Portugal 2 11 2 1 2 2 10 12
04  Finland 24 21 24 24 21 25 16
05   Switzerland 12 7 10 9 25 10 1 23
06  France 14 15 23 25 15 22 10 1
07  Norway 6 9 13 20 13 11 6 5
08  Armenia 22 8 16 16 19 17 19
09  Italy 7 16 11 3 4 7 4 5 6
10  Spain 5 2 6 11 6 5 6 4 7
11  Netherlands 8 6 7 5 24 9 2 11
12  Ukraine 3 5 9 4 5 3 8 2 10
13  Germany 21 3 20 19 20 12 17
14  Lithuania 4 10 4 8 3 4 7 8 3
15  Azerbaijan 17 25 19 10 8 13 25
16  Belgium 20 24 17 18 23 23 18
17  Greece 10 12 5 6 7 8 3 21
18  Iceland 15 13 18 14 14 18 24
19  Moldova 25 23 25 22 16 24 3 8
20  Sweden 11 4 1 7 22 6 5 7 4
21  Australia 13 18 22 13 17 20 22
22  United Kingdom 16 17 14 12 18 19 14
23  Poland 9 19 15 15 12 14 13
24  Serbia 1 1 3 2 1 1 12 1 12
25  Estonia 18 20 21 21 10 21 9 2

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