A new voting method is being implemented for Dora 2021 according to host Barbara Kolar.
Barbara Kolar has revealed that the way that the winner of Dora will be determined has been updated for the 2021 edition. The Croatian selection will now use a Melodifestivalen style vote. The voting style has been used at Melodifestivalen since 2011 and sees the public and jury able to award the same number of points across the songs.
For example if there are eight juries each jury is able to award a total of 58 points (formed of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 12 points), they can award 464 points. 464 points are then also available to the public vote with the points awarded based on the % of the televote they receive. For example of a song receives 25% of the vote they would receive 25% of 464 points giving a song 116 points from the public.
The change in the voting should mean that the likelihood of a tie between the jury and the public is less likely. At Dora 2020 there was a tie at the top with Damir and Mia both receiving 31 points, Damir was declared winner having won the televote.
HRT is expected to announce more details regarding the change in the voting in the coming days.
Image Source: Renato Branđolica/ 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 Dragović 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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.