News about the Croatian national selection Dora has been revealed. All participating artists and songs will be released on Tuesday, 15th of December 2020. In total, we will get 14 competing songs as well as 4 reserve songs. The Croatian broadcaster HRT will release the songs on their official website. All the songs will be internally be selected by a jury consisting of members of HRT, HDS & HGU (Croatian Radio and Television, Croatian Composers’ Association and the Croatian Music Union). Since the deadline for song submissions is on the 10th of December, the jury is going to chose the songs within 4 days.
In order to adapt to the current situation, HRT also revamped the rules for Dora. Besides the 3 minutes duration rule and the minimum participant age of 16, anything except for the lead vocals must be pre-recorded. In addition to that, only 5 people are allowed on stage at once which is one less person than in Eurovision. Even though all European languages for the songs are allowed and authors don’t have any restrictions, the performing artists all need Croatian citizenship to participate.
Dora 2021 is due to be held on February 13th in Opatija. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, different scenarios have been created to execute the show just as for Eurovision. Another thing we know for sure is that Dora winner of 2020, Damir Kedžo, won’t be re-entering the competiiton this year.
Damir was supposed to represent his country at Eurovision 2020 with the song Divlji Vjetre which didn’t happen due to the cancellation of the contest. Even though many countries have decided to internally select their 2020 representative for next year, Croatia have stuck to their national selection show.
Below you can watch Eurovoxx’s very own Andy reacting to Croatia’s 2020 entry, Divlji Vjetre!
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