We’ve had almost four weeks to familiarise ourselves with the 14 finalists (and four reserve acts) of Croatia’s Dora 2021.
So while we count down to the days until the iconic national final on 13 February, we want to know which of the artists you are most excited for. Yes, the songs are yet to be released but that hasn’t stopped us from checking out the vast back catalogues of all the competitors.
Who are you most excited for?
Dora 2021: Notable Names
Of course, the name on everyone’s lips is Nina Kraljić. The The Voice winner represented Croatia at Eurovision 2016 with “Lighthouse”. She was an early favourite with the bookies and successfully took Croatia back to the final for the first time since 2009. However, the entry stalled during the Saturday night show, finishing 23rd. Since then she’s released her debut album Samo and a slew of singles.
Eurovision fans from the 1990s should also recognise Tony Cetinski. The veteran crooner finished 16th with “Nek’ ti bude ljubav sva” in 1994. He remains a big name in the Balkans and even released a duet with Zeljko Joksimovic in 2014. He’s teamed up with Kiki Rahimovski for Dora 2021.
Dora 2020 runner-up Mia Negovetić is also in the running. The then 17-year-old tied with Damir Kedžo for first place. However, despite topping the jury vote, Mia’s “When It Comes To You” lost out by less than 300 votes with the public. Linnea Deb is one of the songwriters on “She’s Like A Dream”. Deb has co-written many national final and Eurovision favourites, including Sweden’s 2015 winner “Heroes”.
Nina won’t be the only The Voice alum in contention for the Dora crown. Both Filip Rudan and Albina competed on season three of the Croation edition of the singing show. They finished second and third respectively. Albina’s entry for Dora 2021 — “Tick-Tock” — is co-written by Max Cinamon, a finalist in France’s 2018 selection Destination Eurovision.
Speaking of notable songwriters, Dora 2019’s Bernarda Brunović is back with a song co-written by Borislav Milanov. “Colors” is rumoured to have previously been considered for internal selections in Bulgaria and Malta. Bernarda was also a co-writer on Destiny’s “All Of My Love” (Malta 2020).
Unlike most other national selections, Dora also has a reserve list. In the event that a shortlisted act has to withdraw, one of the back-ups will take their place. And even this list has names to watch. “Megaloman” was written by Eurovision 2017 singer Jacques Houdek. The attached performer is ENDI — one of Roko’s angels at Eurovision 2019.
Or maybe you’re excited for someone else entirely! Vote in our poll and then let us know who you’re backing in the comments. The poll will close just before the competing songs are released.
Poll: Which Dora 2021 act are you the most excited for?
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