Croatian broadcaster HRT has announced the 14 acts that will compete in the national final Dora 2021. Among the names is Croatia‘s Eurovision 2016 act Nina Kraljić who previously represented Croatia at Eurovision 2016.
The 14 finalists were selected by a jury made up of Croatian broadcasting experts Andrej Babić, Hrvoje Prskalo, Matija Cvek, Monika Lelas and Uršula Tolj. They listened to 140 songs from 135 applicants and whittled the list down to 14 grand finalists.
This year there is also a reserve list of four acts who will step in if any of the other finalists are suddenly unable to compete at the grand final in February.
Among the competing acts is Croatia’s Eurovision 2016 star Nina Kraljić. Four years ago she was internally selected to represent Croatia in Stockholm, but this time Nina will face the pressures of a national final. She will compete with the song “Rijeka”, which she has co-written.
Croatian pop legend Tony Cetinski will also compete. He previously represented Croatia at Eurovision 1994, where he sang “Nek’ ti bude ljubav sva”. This time he’ll be performing with Kiki Rahimovski, singing “Zapjevaj, Sloboda Je!”.
The lineup will also feature Dora 2019 act Bernarda Brunović, who was also one of the songwriters behind Destiny’s “All of My Love”. She had even entered an early version of the song to Dora 2020 but didn’t make the cut. But 2021 is Bernarda’s time to shine. She will compete with “Colors”, co-written with Eurovision hitmakers Borislav Milanov.
The reserves list also includes a track written by Eurovision 2017 singer Jacques Houdek. The song “Megaloman” will be performed by ENDI — who also was one of Roko’s angels at Eurovision 2019.
Dora 2021: Competing acts
- Albina – “Tick-Tock” (B. Mihaljević – M. Cinnamon / T. Buklijaš Bakić)
- Ashley Colburn & Bojan Jambrošić – “Share The Love” (I. Šjunca – A. Colburn / I. Škunca)
- Bernarda – “Colors” (B. Georgiev Milanov / B. Brunović)
- Beta Sudar – “Ma Zamisli” (P. Martinjak)
- Brigita Vuco – “Noći Pijane” (B. Vuco)
- Cambi – “Zaljubljen” (M. Mirković)
- Ella Orešković – “Come This Way” (S. Reljić Simba – E. Orešković)
- Eric – “Reci Mi” (E. Vidović)
- Filip Rudan – “Blind” (F. Rudan / A. Franić / H. Domazet – F. Rudan / A. Franić)
- Mia Negovetić – “She’s Like a Dream” (M. Negovetić / L. Deb / D. Jamm / D. Kertes)
- Nina Kraljić – “Rijeka” (H. Librenjak – Miki Solus / N. Kraljić)
- Sandi Cenov – “Kriv” (S. Reljić Simba – Fayo)
- Toma – “Ocean Of Love” (A. Pupavac / A. Bjorkman / K. Persson / T. Marić – A. Pupavac)
- Tony Cetinski & Kiki Rahimovski – “Zapjevaj, Sloboda Je!” (K. Rahimovski)
Dora 2021 reserve acts
- Elis Lovrić – “Brodolom” (E. Lovrić)
- Endi (Feat. Lora) – “Megaloman” (A. Čubrić / J. Houdek – A. Čubrić)
- Pjerino Ružević – “Soldier” (P. Ružević / A. Bjorkman / A. Pupavac / J. Alin – P. Ružević / A. O’Connor)
- Z/11 – “Only Love” (B. Čakić / I. Ivić / R. Babić – B. Čakić / N. Špralja)
Not returning for another attempt is Dora 2020 winner Damir Kedžo. He earlier revealed he had not entered the contest as he felt he did not have a suitable song this year.
Broadcaster HRT has not confirmed when the songs will be released, but like last year, we probably won’t hear the songs until the broadcast of the Dora grand final.
The grand final of Dora 2021 will take place on February 13 2021. The contest will be held in the Croatian seaside resort town of Opatija.
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