CROATIA – The national broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) will organise Dora 2021 in order to select the nation’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The competition will consist of fourteen entries competing in one final held on 13 February 2021 at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall in Opatija, broadcast on HRT 1 as well as online via the broadcaster’s streaming service HRTi and hosted by Daniela Trbović, Barbara Kolar, Jelena Lešić and Doris Pinčić Rogoznica.
On 26 October 2020, HRT opened a submission period where artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster with the deadline on 10 December 2020. Unlike in 2020, where songs submitted to the contest were required to be in either English, French, Italian or Croatian, the 2021 edition expanded it’s rules to any European language.
140 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. A five-member expert committee consisting of Andrej Babić (HGU, HDS), Hrvoje Prskalo (HDS), Matija Cvek (HGU), Monika Lelas (HRT) and Uršula Tolj (HRT) reviewed the received submissions and selected fourteen artists and songs for the competition.
HRT announced the competing entries on 15 December 2020 and among the competing artists, Tony Cetinski represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1994, while Nina Kraljić represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The final will take place on 13 February 2021. The running order was announced on 18 January 2021. The winner will be determined by a 50/50 combination of votes from ten regional juries and a public televote. Ties will be decided in favour of the entry ranked higher by the public televote.
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PARTICIPANT & RESULTS
- Alkonost of Balkan (Nina Kraljić) “Rijeka”
- Eric Vidović “Reci mi”
- Ella Orešković “Come This Way”
- Bernarda Brunović “Colors”
- Sandi Cenov “Kriv”
- ToMa “Ocean of Love”
- Filip Rudan “Blind”
- Beta Sudar “Ma zamisli”
- Cambi “Zaljubljen”
- Ashley Colburn and Bojan Jambrošić “Share The Love”
- Brigita Vuco “Noći pijane”
- Mia Negovetić “She’s Like a Dream”
- Albina Grčić “Tick-Tock”
- Tony Cetinski and Kiki Rahimovski “Zapjevaj, sloboda je!”