Damir Kedzo Eurovision 2020 Croatia _Divlji vjetre_

It’s been just over a week since Croatian media reported that Dora was set to return in 2021. And now, on Tuesday 23 June, the country’s Eurovision 2020 representative Damir Kedžo has confirmed that the recently revived national selection will indeed be returning. Consequently, he will not be automatically reselected to sing for Croatia in 2021.

Croatia’s Damir Kedžo’s statement on Eurovision and Dora 2021

Taking to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, Damir shared the following message:

The whole DORA 2020 experience was a full circle. From happiness to sadness, from winning Dora to cancellation of Eurovision because of Covid 19 and at the end canceling me as a direct representative for Rotterdam 2021.

Thank you everyone, my band, my girls who shared the stage with me in Opatija and a virtual one while we sang “Divlji vjetre” online to people all over Europe and the world. Huge thank you to all the people from my team and all of those who gave their hearts and souls in these few months with the intention that our song and performance is seen and heard in the best possible light. We solely wanted to represent our music and country the best way we knew.

Thank you all for your support and support in the last 24 hours since we know that HRT decided to have a new competition and that i will not directly represented Croatia in Rotterdam in 2021. This roller coaster of emotions and change is not easy to survive, so thank you all once again.

I’m happily waiting to go with you through everything that the future will bring us. You can expect the best possible music and emotions that I will bring to you, and I belive you will be with me. I don’t need anything else. I love you people.”

It’s clear from the message that Damir will not be joining the list of 18 Eurovision 2020 acts already confirmed for 2021. However, he does not explicitly rule out the potential of another attempt at Dora in 2021. If he were to enter and win, he would be back on the Eurovision ticket once more.

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Cijelo ovo DORA 2020. iskustvo je bilo puni krug. Od sre?e do tuge, od pobjede do otkazivanja Eurovisona zbog Covida 19 , pa do otkazivanja mene kao izravnog predstavnika za Rotterdam 2021. Hvala svima, mom bendu, curama koje su sa mnom dijelile pozornicu u Opatiji i ovu virtualnu dok smo ljudima diljem Europe i svijeta pjevali “Divlji vjetre” online. Hvala svim ljudima iz mog tima i svima koji su dali srce i dušu u ovih par mjeseci da se za našu glazbu i našu zemlju ?uje u najboljem mogu?em svjetlu. Hvala svima na podršci i potpori sada kada znamo da je HRT odlu?io da ima novo natjecanje i da nas u Rotterdamu 2021. izravno ne predstavljam ja. Nije jednostavan ovaj roller coaster emocija i promjena izdržati, zato hvala još jednom svima i jedva ?ekam s vama prolaziti sve ono što ?e nam donijeti budu?nost. Ra?unajte na mene i najbolju mogu?u glazbu i emocije koje ?u vam donijeti, a ja ra?unam na vas. Ništa mi drugo ne treba. Volim vas ljudi. The whole DORA 2020 experience was a full circle. From happiness to sadness, from winning Dora to cancellation of Eurovision because of Covid 19 and at the end canceling me as a direct representative for Rotterdam 2021. Thank you everyone, my band, my girls who shared the stage with me in Opatija and a virtual one while we sang “Divlji vjetre” online to people all over Europe and the world. Huge thank you to all the people from my team and all of those who gave their hearts and souls in these few months with the intention that our song and performance is seen and heard in the best possible light. We solely wanted to represent our music and country the best way we knew. Thank you all for your support and support in the last 24 hours since we know that HRT decided to have a new competition and that i will not directly represented Croatia in Rotterdam in 2021. This roller coaster of emotions and change is not easy to survive, so thank you all once again. I'm happily waiting to go with you through everything that the future will bring us. You can expect the best possible music and emotions that I will bring to you, and I belive you will be with me. I don't need anything else. I love you people."

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HRT statement on Croatia at Eurovision 2021

Broadcaster HRT confirmed the news.

A brief statement published on the network’s Dora subsite says that Dora will be held in Opatija in February 2021 as planned. The show’s winner will go on to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2021.

Are you happy to see Dora return? Or would you rather see Croatia internally select Damir? Let us know in the comments.

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Sova
Sova
3 months ago

DAMIR was the only choice they could send. He would be such a success for Croatia. This decision is insane,….

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago

If they want to make Dora the MelFest of the Balkans then they can’t go internal, although I hope they offered Damir some form of compensation.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
3 months ago

Who wants Nina Kraljic or Lorena Bucan?

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Me, I want Nina Kraljic and Lorena Bucan at Dora next year. Also I want Indira too. She did amazing at Dora this year, but I hope she will comeback for REVENGE.

ESC SSS
ESC SSS
3 months ago

Oh well, at least Damir will have to try again doing Dora next year. I hope he will represent Croatia if he wins Dora again, but if not, okay. I knew he will not represent Croatia next year.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 months ago

I understand the decision. You’ve just brought back a previously long-running NF and really need to start improving the overall quality of the songs that enter. Going internal selection for one year, just to bring it back again, wouldn’t help with that long-term aim, not matter how much you want to do right by Damir.
Serbia’s in a similar boat. Let’s see what they do.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago

Athena basically revealed on her IG that APMTV chose her for the ESC 2021. 🙂

123
123
3 months ago

Btw, Nina Kraljic said she has a potential song for Dora so we might see her at ESC again!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  123

Oh that would be nice!

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  123

Oh no. I liked Nina’s “Lighthouse” so much and her voice was amazing. She could be one returning artist I would be happy with. But I don’t agree in principle with returning artists. They rarely do better than their first time.
And there are so many other artists that deserve to be on the big stage.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  123

omg pleasee! Give me something I will finally appreciate from Croatia, cause 2017, 2019 and 2020 were all in my bottom 6… Nina however was in my top 10 pre contest (staging just wasn’t good..)

Last edited 3 months ago by Erasmus
Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

(nor was her vocal, cough cough)

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I thought it was great.

123
123
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Coughs are appropriate considering the fact that she was actually sick and lost her voice in the grand final

Denis
Denis
3 months ago

Liked him but the song was meh. Not the best..
Dora is a great concept but recently it has become one of the worst national finals. None of the songs have been interesting. It doesn’t reflect the Croatian music industry which is the strongest in the region I think. Perhaps HRT should stick with internal choices, that is where they got the most success these days

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
3 months ago

I can’t help but think that the lack of positive reaction to Damir’s song must have motivated Croatia not to select him for 2021 (same applies for Cyprus and France as well).

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

I don’t think it was as pronounced as the negative reaction to France or Cyprus. I certainly don’t remember people being up in arms about it. Some people seemed to actually like it. A bunch of countries are sticking with acts that were a bit divisive when their songs came out or were selected (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Spain, also increasingly looking like Moldova is holding onto Natalia) and others aren’t getting a free pass when everyone loved their songs (like Norway or Denmark).

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

And maybe Finland too

Fatima
Fatima
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I don’t think the reaction to Finland was that bad, it was a magical song. But some people seem to want every Eurovision entry to be performed by a ‘Diva’.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

Finland’s a grower. It wasn’t until it qualified in my contest that I realized there might be more to it than I thought.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

I don’t think the artists were the problem. Eurovision is not a popularity contest. The songs were bad. Let the broadcasters and decision-makers remember that Eurovision is a song contest. They should have kept their internally selected artists and try get good *songs* for them for 2021. It looks like both had taken shortcuts – one because of money and the other because of “names”. One was “meh” and the other one deserves a prize for the worst decision-making in Eurovision 2020. People should not be disposed of just like that. That behaviour makes the broadcasters look bad. Damir’s song… Read more »

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

My previous comments was filtered. I will make just my last point here. Other countries qualified with songs in their own language (notably Serbia and Albania) so Croatia could have a chance this year to qualify.
To add: the test of quality comes from being picked from a national final. This was what Croatia had chosen. The contest has not taken place. That would have been the real test. All the best to Damir and his team and may Dora give us good music next year!!

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

Hmm.. Like I wasn’t a fan of Damir’s song (he’s super nice tho) nor Dora. Dora really, but really lacks quality the only entry I liked of two last years was Mia and even her song was written by Swedes. Hope they attract some bigger stars and also that Mia returns. Wish Damir good luck tho

Joe
Joe
3 months ago

I think it’s a little mean if they don’t at least give Damir an optional automatic pass to the final (which I get the vibe they will if he submits a song), but they both seem to be handling it well. Business is tough, and the broadcaster needs to save money. If they already have a deal for a national selection where the venue’s booked and they know people will tune in, it’s hard to back out.

Fatima
Fatima
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

If I were Damir I’d turn down any auto pass and insist on going through the preliminaries like everyone else. A bit of a risk, but his support will swell on recognition of such sportsmanship. Whichever 2020 acts get to Rotterdam 2021 the hard way (i.e. having to win their NF again) will get a widespread boost to their televote because their ‘journey’ will surely get mentioned by commentators. Go for it Damir!

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

That’s what’s made Aksel pretty noble. My only worry is that it’ll make folks like Dadi and the Roop sit it out entirely.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Well Dadi will sit out for sure, he already said it, but the Roop may return–

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Good, I have had quite enough of Dadi

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Dadi would accept to go as internally selected. Knowing that Iceland really wants to win, I think they will internally select him, but we will know the truth in September when they announce their plans.

It’s interesting that Albania also hasn’t said anything and last years they used to open the submissions for FiK several days after the grand final.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

FiK will probably go on, at least. It’s been happening independent of Eurovision for almost sixty years. Only in the last few years has it pivoted to be more of a Eurovision selection as opposed to a show where going to Eurovision is a bonus prize for the winner (kind of the reverse of Festival da Cancao in that way).

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
3 months ago

I am always sad for all the artists, but however, he can try next year again. To be honest, I wanted Lorena Bucan to be internally selected for 2021 😀 She should have won Dora in 2019 and 2020 🙂

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

I agree about 2020, Drowning was so underrated (but Redemption was my winner in 2019)

John
John
3 months ago

If Damir really wants to go to Rotterdam he should announce his return to Dora very early and this will likely turn away a number of competitors from entering the show. As they will rightly assume that he will get a big sympathy vote from the public. Then he needs a great song!

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  John

Right!

Una
Una
3 months ago

I am sad for all artists that won’t come back next year by default but wanted to come back. I liked Damir’s voice and stage persona, the song was not amongst my favourites but I recognize its quality and its national vibe (I don’t know how to put this positive aspect better) – as it was more true to the country. His backings too sang their hearts out in the home concert. Sorry I can’t remember if it was on wiwijam or the official esc channel concert. Quality act all around and a nice, passionate group of people. So there… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

There may sadly be no backing vocalists – hidden or not – singing their hearts out next year. We are on a slippery slope to a lipsynching competition.

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Hopefully not. Let’s see what will happen in 2021. Hopefully wiwibloggs will cover this aspect sometime closer to the actual show.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Maybe Doris Dragovic can make a comeback for Croatia she has “previous” for pre-recorded backing vocals!

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

My apologies but I don’t know what you mean!!

Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

I am hoping NO country will take up on the pre-recorded BV opportunity.

Jofty
Jofty
3 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Maybe just Sweden, Sweden and Sweden

Noah
Noah
3 months ago

Former ESC winner Dino Jelusic with a powerful rock-ballad for Croatia!!!

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago

That’s lowkey sad. Dora isn’t the strongest selection (although there were gems, including Drowning by Lorena Bucan and Redemption by Ema Gagro), and Croatia’s best songs have been internal tbh (Lighthouse). Damir seems like such a nice person. Oh well.

Tom
Tom
3 months ago

I didnt like his song soo mutch but he deserved be a part of ESC

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
3 months ago

It is sad that Kedzo will not be in Rotterdam, next year it is worth mentioning that the Croatian music market is great. I hope that someone from well-known talented artists will want to take part in Eurovision in the colors of Croatia, with an excellent song

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 months ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

As a person who knows nothing about Croatian music market I’d be very curious to know who the biggest stars in Croatia are. Could you recommend any interesting or popular artists from Croatia? 🙂

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 months ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

(the first comment is awaiting approval)
As a person who knows nothing about Croatian music market I’d be very curious to know who the biggest stars in Croatia are. Could you recommend any interesting or popular artists from Croatia? ?

Last edited 3 months ago by Skiwalko
Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I know I’m not Hrvatska, but I make it a point to listen to songs all over the world regularly and my fav Croatian songs have come from Luminize, Severina, and Tina Vukov.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Thanks a lot. I know Severina from Eurovision and I’ve heard some of her songs before, like “More tuge” and “Italiana”, I also recall Tina Vukov taking part in Dora 2011, but Luminize is completely unknown to me.

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

If you wanted specific songs btw, I’d recommend Na Rubu by Tina Vukov and Twilight by Luminize. 🙂

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

OMG I nearly forgot, I Got Love by Vanillaz ft. Dilini. A complete summer bop. Ok I’ll stop commenting now haha

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Zsa Zsa ,Mia Dimsic ,Indira Marko Tolja Marko Kutlic Pravila Igre , Lu Jakelic Antonia Dora Mateo Pilat Nela Petar Graso

Last edited 3 months ago by Hrvatska
Skiwalko
Skiwalko
3 months ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

Thank you too, I’ll make sure to check them out as soon as I can. 🙂

matteo
matteo
3 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

To be honest Emina Jahovic is serving the best music

orp
orp
3 months ago
Reply to  matteo

Agree with that, but she is Serbian, so maybe at Beovizija?
Btw she did try out at Beovizija some time ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0haFWnaVCtg

Babzd
Babzd
3 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

Some Croatian artists worth listening to: Gibonni, Damir Urban, TBF, Silente, Jinx, Nipple People, Psihomodopop, Hladno pivo, Gustafi, Postolar Tripper… Overall I wouldn’t call Croatian music industry great. It keeps recycling over and over again, but there are few gems here and there

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Hrvatska

It’s not even as nearly good as Serbian music industry(I’m not Serb).

Last edited 3 months ago by Eurovision fan
Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I actually really dislike Serbia’s music industry. 99% of the songs are copy-pastes of women singing plastic pop. There’s not really any variety.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

I personally don’t listen to their 2019/2020 music very much. I usually listen to the old 2010s hits. (Pop, not turbo folk) From the other side, I don’t listen to Croatian music at all. It’s quite calm and weak compared to Serbian music. (Just my own preference)

pork
pork
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

The thing is that the turbo-folk/bop industry is the strongest and they push the most. However, what you claim is not true at all. Not even to name the obvious choices like Marija Serifovic, Aleksandra Radovic, or Jelena Tomasevic, here are a few big names that are doing some cool stuff: Lena Kovacevic, IrieFM, Sara Jo, Djordje Miljenovic (Sky wikluh), Elena Kitic in the last year, Buc Kesidi, S.A.R.S, Marko Louis, Sasa Kovacevic, Slobodan Trkulja, Bojana Vunturisevic…

Also there are lots of pretty nice folk singers who are not trashy turbo-folk,f.e. Aleksandra Prijovic, Adil, Alen Ademovic..

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  pork

Thank you! I’ll check them out then. 🙂

Colin
Colin
3 months ago

So, Dora it is… okay. Keep language and genre diversity, keep age diversity of performers, keep the atmosphere. Work on more quality and standout songs and please, release them before the show! You need to test the market at least somewhat. I hope Damir tries out for Dora. If his song is any good, he might have a huge advantage. There are also other talented artists here and I hope they give their best. Best luck to everyone!

Last edited 3 months ago by Colin