The number of songs that will compete in Dora 2021 to represent Croatia at Eurovision has been reduced to fourteen.
The number of songs competing in the Croatian Eurovision selection process has been reduced from sixteen to fourteen for the 2021 selection. The changes were announced today in the publication of the rules for Dora 2021, which also state that the number of artists allowed on stage will be limited to five due to COVID-19.
Additional changes to the rules see the contest reflect the revised Eurovision rules allowed pre-recorded backing vocals. Furthermore a total of four songs will be announced as replacement songs for the contest. These songs will replace any act that withdraws before Dora rehearsals, if an act withdraws during rehearsals they will not be replaced.
HRT will announce the voting method for Dora by January 20th. The final of Dora 2021 will be held on February 13 in Opatija, with the submissions window open until December 10.
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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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.