Croatian media is reporting that broadcaster HRT has committed to holding a 2021 edition of its national final Dora. A local newspaper reports that HRT has already booked the Opatija venue that is the current home of Dora. But with this news comes uncertainty whether Dora 2020 winner Damir Kedžo will be involved with the 2021 national final.
The newspaper Jutarnji list reports that HRT has already booked the Sports Hall Marino Cvetković — the venue which hosts Dora 2021. The hall is booked for Saturday 27 February 2021, the usual time of year for Dora to be held.
But if the broadcaster is using its regular national final to select the Croatian act for Eurovision 2021, this suggests that 2020 winner Damir Kedžo won’t have a free pass back to Rotterdam.
The Croatian crooner won the 2020 edition of the national final with his song “Divlji vjetre”. However, due to Eurovision 2020 being cancelled, he won’t have the opportunity to sing that song at the song contest.
At this stage, broadcaster HRT has not confirmed whether it will host Dora 2021 nor any details of a potential national final.
Will Damir Kedžo return to Dora 2021?
Jutarnji list reached out to Damir Kedžo’s manager Snježana Jerković Radočaj. She told the newspaper that she had no official information on the issue, and that due to the coronavirus situation, they were happy to wait and be patient.
She added, “We will wait for the decision of HRT. When I learn of the decision, then I can comment on it. What I can share with you is that we have been very busy recently. That is why in the next month, Damir will release a new song, a new video and a new album.”
But when the newspaper asked Kedžo’s manager if the star would enter Dora 2021 with a new song, she curtly responded, “I will not answer hypothetical questions.”
Some countries have internally selected their Eurovision 2020 act to return next year. In some cases, this means cancelling the usual national final, but there is speculation that some broadcasters may hold a national final to select the Eurovision entry for their internally selected artist.
In neighbouring Slovenia, broadcaster RTVSLO has internally selected EMA 2020 winner Ana Soklič to return to Eurovision 2021. However, there’s no confirmation on how her song for Rotterdam will be selected. In Serbia, Beovizija 2020 winners Hurricane are rumoured to have been internally selected for 2021, however the group’s spokesperson says nothing has been confirmed.
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