Damir Kedžo has decided that he will not be competing in Dora 2021 having not found the right song.
Damir Kedžo will not be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, with the singer deciding against competing in the next edition of Dora. Speaking to IN Magazine Damir explained that he has decided against competing as he does not have the right song to take to the contest:
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.
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
The singer had been due to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 before the contest was cancelled due to COVID-19. HRT was one of the first broadcasters to decide not to internally select their 2020 representative for the 2021 contest.
The final of Dora 2021 will be held on February 13 in Opatija, with the submissions window open until December 10. The number of songs competing in the Croatian Eurovision selection process has been reduced from sixteen to fourteen for the 2021 selection
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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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.