The 14 competing acts for Dora 2021 were released back in December. Now, Croatia’s HRT has published the running order for the grand final.
And it’s set to be bookended by two Eurovision legends — Nina Kraljić and Tony Cetinski.
Kraljić will open the show under a new moniker Alkonost of Balkan. She, of course, 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. She’ll open the show with “Rijeka”.
Meanwhile, Tony Cetinski & Kiki Rahimovski will sing “Zapjevaj, sloboda je!” from spot number 14, closing the night’s proceedings. Eurovision fans from the 1990s should recognise Cetinski.The veteran crooner finished 16th with “Nek’ ti bude ljubav sva” in 1994.
Elsewhere in the running order, the much talked-about The Voice alums Filip Rudan and Albina can be found at seventh and 13th respectively. Last year’s runner-up Mia Negovetić will sing 12th while Bernarda Brunović will perform the Borislav Milanov-penned “Colors” fourth. Cambi — the act which is currently second in our Dora poll — are ninth.
In 2020, Damir Kedžo won the competition from the final position. He had been tied with Mia who performed one spot earlier. The televote broke the deadlock.
Speaking to eurosong.hr, Uršula Tolj — Croatia’s Head of Delegation — says that the running order is producer-led. “When composing it, one had to take into account the complexity of individual performances, the rhythm of each song, the language and some special television requirements. In general, we believe that the order has been carefully arranged and will meet the television rhythm and rules”.
Dora 2021 running order
- Nina Kraljić (Alkonost of Balkan) “Rijeka”
- Eric Vidović “Reci mi”
- Ella Orešković “Come This Way”
- Bernarda Brunović “Colors”
- Sandi Cenov “Kriv”
- ToMa “Ocean of Love”
- Filip Rudan “Blind”
- Beta Sudar “Ma zamisli”
- Cambi “Zaljubljen”
- Ashley Colburn & Bojan Jambrošić “Share The Love”
- Brigita Vuco “Noći pijane”
- Mia Negovetić “She’s Like a Dream”
- Albina Grčić “Tick-Tock”
- Tony Cetinski & Kiki Rahimovski “Zapjevaj, sloboda je!”
Dora 2021 hosts
The hosts for the 13 February competition have also been revealed. The all-female presenting line-up consists of Daniela Trbović, Barbara Kolar, Jelena Lešić and Doris Pinčić. This will be Barabara’s first time hosting the Eurovision selection show. She previously worked for HRT on Dancing With the Stars. Jelena and Doris co-hosted the contest last year, whilst Daniela had the gig in 2009.
“This year we decided to rely on female leadership forces, because this Dora will be special in many ways, due to epidemiological conditions, so let it be remembered by women as well,” said Ursula Tolj.