October 10, 2020 – As Jutarnji list unofficially finds out, the selection for the Croatian Eurovision Song Contest “Dora” will be held on February 13, 2021, and the competition for new songs starts soon.
Croatian Radio Television (HRT) has decided that Croatia will choose its representative for Eurosong 2021 through the “Dora” competition and that this year’s winner Damir Kedžo will not represent Croatia next year.
Recall that after the Eurosong 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was postponed to next year due to the coronavirus pandemic, HRT decided in June to continue its tradition and that Dora will be held next year as planned, in February 2021, and accordingly Croatia will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 by the one who wins then.
In an official statement for the media, HRT thanked Damir Kedžo for the excellent cooperation after the victory at Dora 2020, as well as the authors of the song “Divlji vjetre“ (“Wild wind“) Ante Pecotić and Bojan Šalamon Shalla.
This year’s winner of Dora, Damir Kedžo, announced:
“This whole Dora 2020 experience was full circle. From happiness to sadness, from victory to the cancellation of Eurovision due to Covid-19, to the cancellation of me as a representative for Rotterdam 2021. Thank you to everyone, my band, the girls who shared the stage with me in Opatija, as well as this virtual one while we were singing ‘Divlji vjetre’ to people across Europe and the world online.
Thank you all for your support now that we know that HRT has decided to have a new competition and that we are not directly represented in Rotterdam 2021. It is not easy to endure this ‘rollercoaster’ of emotions and changes, so thank you all once again and I can’t wait to go through everything that the future will bring us,” said Kedžo, who has not yet decided with his team whether he will appear as a competitor again on Dora 2021.