Croatian media reports that Dora is likely to be used again in 2021 to select the nation’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Jutarnji reports that HRT is set to use Dora to select the Croatian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. According to the news outlet, HRT has already booked the venue in Opatija for February 27, 2021.
HRT signed a contract with Opatija 21 in November 2019 which agreed that HRT would organise Dora in Opatija until 2021. The Croatian broadcaster has not publicly commented about whether Dora will be organised in 2021.
The manager of Damir Kedžo who was chosen to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2020 said in a comment to Jutarnji that:
I have no official information. Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, we have learned to be patient and wait for official information. That is why we will wait for the decision of the competent HRT and upon learning of the decision, I can then comment on it.
Damir has previously stated that he doesn’t want to force HRT to make a decision during COVID-19. If HRT were to decide to use Dora in 2021 then he would compete if he had the right song.
Image Source: HRT / Source: Eurosong.hr
Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, they were one of three countries to debut in the contest that year. Croatia’s best result came in 1999 when Doris Dragovic finished 4th in Jerusalem. She performed the song “Marija Magdalena” which scored a total of 118 points, this included 12 points from Slovenia and Spain. Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.