As the submission window closes for DORA 2023, one artist who has publicly confirmed is Croatia’s Eurovision 2020 representative Damir Kedžo , who won DORA in 2020 and was set to represent the nation in Rotterdam for Eurovision 2020.
Second Time’s a Charm?
To recap, Damir Kedžo won the right to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2020 with “Divlji Vjetre”. Unfortunately, his participation did not come to fruition as the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With HRT opting to use DORA in 2021 (which saw Albina eventually representing them in Rotterdam), Damir decided not to enter DORA due to not having the right song.
Two years on after his supposed participation at Eurovision, Damir Kedžo took to his social media to reveal that he has submitted an entry to potentially compete and be Croatia’s Eurovision 2023 representative. Further details about his entry for DORA 2023, are yet to be revealed.
Croatia’s Eurovision journey
Croatia has been a part of the Eurovision family since 1961, as part of Yugoslavia. Ten Croatian artists went on to represent Yugoslavia in the Contest – the most famous of which being Riva, who gave Yugoslavia its only win in 1989. The 1990 Contest was held in Zagreb as a tribute to their Croatian heritage.
Croatia debuted in the Contest as an independent nation in 1993 with the band Put and their song “Don’t Ever Cry”. Since then, Croatia has gone on to score as high as 4th place in 1996 and 1999. Last year, Mia Dimšić won Dora 2022 to represent Croatia at the Contest in Turin with her song “Guilty Pleasure”. However, at the close of voting, Mia failed to qualify for the final, finishing in 11th place with a total of 75 points.
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News Source: Damir Kedžo
Photo Credit: Damir Kedžo