Croatian news website Gloria has reported that this year’s Dora will be held behind closed doors, without an audience. The Croatian national final is set to be held on 13th February in Opatija.
Several other countries are also planning to hold their national finals without an audience – including Finland’s Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu and Sweden’s Melodifestivalen. 14 acts will take part in Dora 2021 – two less than last year.
“Entering the finals” on the cards
Dora 2021 jury member Andrej Babić, who has written several Eurovision entries including “Više nisam tvoja” (Croatia 2003) and “Senhora do mar” (Portugal 2008), told Jutarnji list that people should expect several competitive entries in this year’s national final.
At least five songs… can easily fight for the very top of the Eurovision Song Contest, not to mention entering the finals. It should be a “shallow stream”– Andrej Babić, speaking to Jutarnji list.
Croatian broadcaster HRT will release short clips of the competing entries a week before the national final. They also plan to organise a platform where fans can vote for their favourites ahead of the competition.
Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 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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