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🇭🇷 Croatia: Damir Kedžo rules out DORA return

'I don’t have a song that I would believe in that way'

Following speculation that Croatia will be selecting their 2021 entry via DORAHRT confirmed that the national selection will be returning. This ultimately means that Damir Kedžo will not be internally selected to represent Croatia next year. Despite speculation that he would be submitting a song, he has announced that he won’t be in a recent interview.

Although HRT confirmed that they will be honouring their two-year contract with the venue in Opatija for DORA 2021. The Croatian broadcaster thanked Damir for his co-operation, as well as the songwriters and producers of his song “Divlji vjetre”.

Despite Damir recently being back in the studio and teasing new music, he has confirmed via an interview with IN Magazine that he doesn’t have a song he would like to put forward for DORA.

‘I don’t have I song that I would believe in’

In the interview, Damir explained that he only submitted “Divlji vjetre” to the competition because he believed in it.

The only reason I signed up for Dora was because I heard a song that I believe in one hundred percent and that I thought would be a great representative of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest. 

Damir speaking to IN Magazine

Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a song that he feels the same level of belief in, and so will not be competing in 2021.

It’s crazy to expect from me and I didn’t think about signing up, and I don’t have a song that I would believe in that way and to see it on that stage, so nothing from me on that issue

Damir speaking to IN Magazine

Regardless, we wish Damir the best of luck and look forward to seeing his future endeavours.

Croatia in Eurovision 2020

Damir Kedžo won Dora 2020 with his song “Divlji vjetre”. In the selection, he won the televote and finished second in the jury vote. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Eurovision 2020 had to be cancelled. Croatia was scheduled to perform in the second half of the first semi-final.

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