Earlier this year Damir Kedžo had his Eurovision dream end when the song contest was cancelled. But now the Croatian star won’t be taking another shot in 2021. He has confirmed that he will not be entering Croatia’s national final Dora 2021. He says that this time, he just doesn’t have the right song for Eurovision.
Damir explained his Eurovision decision in an interview with IN magazine. He said that it had simply come down to not having a song that was right for Eurovision.
“The only reason I signed up for Dora  was because I heard a song that I believed in 100 per cent and that I thought would be a great representative of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s crazy to expect that from me again and I didn’t think about signing up. I don’t have a song that I believe in that way and to see it on that stage, so there’s nothing from me on that issue.”
Damir Kedžo’s Eurovision journey
Damir previously won Dora 2020 with “Divlji vjetre” and was set to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2020.
After the show’s cancellation, broadcaster HRT confirmed that they would not internally select Damir nor guarantee him a place in Dora 2021. However, they did emphasise that he was still very welcome to enter the national final again.
Back then, Damir appeared upset by the broadcaster’s decision, however with time he appears to have developed a more philosophical attitude.
And while he might not have the right song for Dora 2021, he still has plenty of new music projects. His new single ”Sjeti se” is released on Monday, complete with a video that promises to “show Kedžo in a new light”.
He also has an English-language single, and says “I’m especially looking forward to a duet with a singer from the region that I really appreciate and a song that I really believe in.”
Eurovision 2020 acts not returning for 2021
Damir joins a number of other Eurovision 2020 acts who won’t be returning for another shot in 2021.
Denmark’s Ben & Tan, Norway’s Ulrikke, Portugal’s Elisa and Finland’s Aksel Kankaanranta have all confirmed they won’t be entering the 2021 edition of their country’s national final. France’s Tom Leeb, Cyprus’ Sandro and Germany’s Ben Dolic also won’t be returning to Rotterdam for various reasons. Belgium’s 2020 act Hooverphonic does have the return ticket for 2021, but they’ll be taking a different vocalist — singer Luka Cruysberghs has been replaced with Geike Arnaert.
However, 20 acts from 2020 will be back for 2021. A number of other acts from 2020 may also return if they manage to pull off a consecutive national final win or if their broadcaster internally selects them.
Dora 2021 is due to take place on 13 February 2021 in the Croatian seaside resort town of Opatija. Applications for the show close on 10 December.