Damir Kedžo, Croatia's Eurovision 2020 participant
Damir Kedžo, Croatia's Eurovision 2020 participant Photo: HRT

Damir Kedžo wins Croatia's ticket to Rotterdam

Leaving behind 15 other contestants, Damir Kedžo won Croatia's national final 'Dora 2020'.

Damir will sing the song Divlji Vjetre in the second half of the first Semi-Final in Rotterdam on 12 May.

About Damir

Damir Kedžo is a 32-year-old pop singer and one of the most famous faces in Croatia's music scene. Damir was born in Omišalj, on the island of Krk, and began his music career 16 years ago in the show Story Supernova.

His songs have been amongst the most listened to in Croatia for the last few years, and his singles are award-winning hits. Sve u meni se budi was the most listened-to song in Croatia in 2017 with over 5 million YouTube views and Srce mi umire za njom is Ballad Winner at the Zagreb Festival and received the Cesarica Award in February 2019. Damir’s more recent single, Poljubi me sad, has also topped the charts and continues Damir's streak of success.

Outside of Croatia, Damir has won the Grand Prix of the Slavic Baazar Festival in Vitebsk, Belarus, and the New Wave Festival in Sochi, Russia.About Dora 2020

About the national final

This year's national final of Dora took place in Opatija for the 16th time; the show was broadcast from the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall.

Croatia's Eurovision 2019 representative Roko opened the show with a fully Croatian rendition of his participating song The Dream. He also performed as one of the interval acts.

Finalists

1. Elis Lovrić - Jušto
2. Bojan Jambrošić - Više od riječi
3. Edi Abazi - Coming Home
4. Zdenka Kovačićek - Love, Love, Love
5. Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina - Da se ne zatare
6. Đana - One
7. Aklea Neon - Zovi ju mama
8. Nikola Marjanović - Let's Forgive
9. Lorenzo feat. Dino Purić & Reper Iz Sobe – Vrati se iz Irske
10. Marin Jurić Čivro - Naivno
11. Lorena Bućan - Drowning
12. Indira - You Will Never Break My Heart
13. Jure Brkljača - Hajde nazovi me
14. Colonia - Zidina
15. Mia Negovetić - When it Comes to You
16. Damir Kedžo - Divlji vjetre

Voting

The outcome of the final is a mix of a jury vote and public televote. HRT appointed 5 juries from all over Croatia that each consisted of 3 people; an HRT member, a Croatian Phonographic Association member and a Croatian Composers' Society member. The Croatian public was able to vote during a 10-minute voting window.

'Dora 2020' scoreboardHRT

Do you think Damir will take Croatia back to the Grand Final this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted 29 January 2020 at 14:00 CET

Croatia confirms 16 songs for Dora 2020

Dora 2020HRT

After a submission period of 5 November to 15 December 2019, the Dora national selection committee has announced that 16 entries will battle for a ticket to Rotterdam during the Croatian national selection on 29 February 2020 at 20:00 CET.

As the crowning event of HRT Music Days in Opatija, Dora 2020 will take place on Saturday 29 February at the Marino Cvetković Sports Hall. The hall will be converted into a grand TV studio where the Croatian artist and song for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest will be selected.

An updated list of participating artists has been announced. They are:

  1. Marin Jurić Čivro - Naivno

  2. Edi Abazi - Coming home

  3. Mia Negovetić - When it Comes to You

  4. Colonia - Zidina

  5. Zdenka Kovačićek - Love, Love, Love

  6. Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper Iz Sobe – Vrati Se Iz Irske

  7. Jure Brkljača - Hajde nazovi me

  8. Damir Kedžo - Divlji vjetre (Tuga u bojama jeseni)

  9. Lorena Bućan - Drowning

  10. Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina - Da se ne zatare

  11. Aklea Neon - Zovi ju mama

  12. Indira - You Will Never Break My Heart

  13. Nikola Marjanović - Let's forgive

  14. Đana Smajo - One

  15. Bojan Jambrošić - Više od riječi

  16. Elis Lovrić - Jušto

Tune in on 29 February to see which of these artists will represent Croatia in Rotterdam!

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Posted 23 December 2019 at 16:40 CET

While the artists and their song titles are now announced, Croatia is keeping the songs themselves under wraps for now.

The jury-chosen 16 artists and their songs are:

1. Marin Jurić Čivro - Naivno
2. Goran Karan - My Legacy Is Love
3. Edi Abazi - Coming Home
4. Mia Negovetić - When It Comes To You
5. Colonia - Zidina
6. Zdenka Kovačićek - Love, Love, Love
7. Lorenzo feat Dino Purić & Reper Iz Sobe – Vrati Se Iz Irske
8. Jure Brkljača - Hajde Nazovi Me!
9. Damir Kedžo - Divlji Vjetre
10. Lorena Bućan - Drowning
11. Alen Vitasović & B. Matija Čerina - Da Se Ne Zatare
12. Aklea Neon - Zovi Ju Mama
13. Indira - You Will Never Break My Heart
14. Nikola Marjanović - Let's Forgive
15. Đana - One
16. Bojan Jambrošić - Više Od Riječi

The 4 backup artists and their songs are:

1. Elis Lovrić - Jušto
2. Marcela Orosi - Let Me Break Your Heart
3. Dino Petrić - Što si meni ti
4. Singrlice – Zavičaj

For updates on Dora, follow Croatian broadcaster HRT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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