ZAGREB, 15 December 2020 – Fourteen acts will battle it out at the Dora Music Festival in Opatija on 13 February 2021 with the winner representing Croatia at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in May.
The jury selected 14 acts from 140 songs which includes some old and new faces. After 25 years, Tony Cetinski will be competing again at Dora. Cetinski represented Croatia at the 1996 Eurovision contest.
Sandi Cenov and Nina Kraljić, who have both represented Croatia at Eurovision, are also among this year’s finalists. Talented 18-year-old Mia Negovetic is back again.
Mia was spotted on YouTube by producers of the NBC show Little Big Shot at the age of 13 and after impressing on the show headed back to the United States at the invitation of several of the world’s biggest record labels.
The Dora Music Festival was used to select Croatia’s Eurovision representative from 1993 until 2011 before Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) took over the process. Dora returned last year.
Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 25 times since making its debut at the 1993 contest. Croatia’s best result in the contest is fourth-place finishes in 1996 (Maja Blagdan) and 1999 (Doris Dragović).
Damir Kedžo won Dora 2020 with his song Divlji vjetre but Eurovision 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.
Below are the finalists and 4 reserves.
- BLIND (F. Rudan / A. Franić / H. Domazet – F. Rudan / A. Franić) – FILIP RUDAN
- COLORS (B. Georgiev Milanov / B. Brunović) – BERNARDA
- COME THIS WAY (S. Reljić Simba – E. Orešković) – ELLA OREŠKOVIĆ
- KRIV (S. Reljić Simba – Fayo) – SANDI CENOV
- MA ZAMISLI (P. Martinjak) – BETA SUDAR
- NOĆI PIJANE (B. Vuco) – BRIGITA VUCO
- OCEAN OF LOVE (A. Pupavac / A. Bjorkman / K. Persson / T. Marić – A. Pupavac) – ToMa
- RECI MI (E. Vidović) – ERIC
- RIJEKA (H. Librenjak – Miki Solus / N. Kraljić) – NINA KRALJIĆ
- SHARE THE LOVE (I. Škunca – A. Colburn / I. Škunca) – ASHLEY COLBURN & BOJAN JAMBROŠIĆ
- SHE’S LIKE A DREAM (M. Negovetić / L. Deb / D. Jamm / D. Kertes) – MIA NEGOVETIĆ
- TICK-TOCK (B. Mihaljević – M. Cinnamon / T. Buklijaš Bakić) – ALBINA
- ZALJUBLJEN (M. Mirković) – CAMBI
- ZAPJEVAJ, SLOBODA JE! (K. Rahimovski) – TONY CETINSKI & KIKI RAHIMOVSK
1. BRODOLOM (E. Lovrić) – ELIS LOVRIĆ
2. MEGALOMAN (A. Čubrić / J. Houdek – A. Čubrić) – ENDI (feat. LORA)
3. SOLDIER (P. Ružević / A. Bjorkman / A. Pupavac / J. Alin – P. Ružević / A. O’Connor) – PJERINO RUŽEVIĆ
4. ONLY LOVE (B. Čakić / I. Ivić / R. Babić – B. Čakić / N. Špralja) – Z/11