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Post  PeterCrouch on Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:45 am

Dorotea "Doris" Dragović (née Budimir; born 16 April 1961) is a Croatian singer-songwriter. She represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 with the song "Željo moja", finishing the 11th with 49 points, and Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 with the song "Marija Magdalena", finishing the fourth with 118 points.

Dragović had been dreaming of being a singer since her childhood. She cites Arsen Dedić, Gabi Novak and Tereza Kesovija as her biggest influences and childhood idols. She came to regional prominence in early 1980s as a member of musical group More. Dragović began her solo career in 1986, when she released her début album Tigrica. The same year, she represented Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1986 in Bergen with the song "Željo moja", and finished the 11th with 49 points. Dragović has since been one of the most famous pop singers in Yugoslavia, later Croatia and its region.She also became well known for singing "Hej Jugoslaveni".

In 1999, Dragović was chosen to represent Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, after she won national election HRT Dora with her dramatic song "Marija Magdalena", written by prominent Croatian songwriter Tonči Huljić. Dragović placed a respectable fourth in Jerusalem, despite having been drawn early in the singing order, sometimes cited as a disadvantage. Her performance also included the removal of some of her clothing — seen jocularly as a staple of Eurovision performances — and was well-received in the first contest in which most countries allocated their points after a public telephone vote. This remains one of Croatia's best results at the contest. "Marija Magdalena" was also a radio hit on Greek radio station FLY FM 89,7 and reached number one on its airplay.

Personal life

Doris Dragović was born Dorotea Budimir on 16 April 1961 in Split (then SFR Yugoslavia, now Croatia). She is a known supporter of Torcida, fans of Hajduk Split football club. In 2001, Dragović was threatened by Torcida supporters as she sang to Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović at the 2000 New Year's Eve.

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