With his song, 'Divlji Vjetre', Damir Kedžo was chosen to represent Croatia in 2020. In light of the unfortunate cancellation of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest, we wish to highlight the impressive acts that were set to appear. This is 'In the spotlight', our feature honouring the artists that would have made up this year's edition of the world's largest live music event.
This year's final of Croatia's national selection show, Dora, took place in Opatija for the 16th time. Leaving behind 15 other contestants, Damir Kedžo won Dora 2020 by mixed jury and public televote. Damir would have sung his entry, Divlji Vjetre, in the second half of the first Semi-Final in Rotterdam on 12 May.
Divlji Vjetre was written and composed by Ante Pecotić.
Who is Damir?
Damir Kedžo is a 32-year-old pop singer and one of the most recognizable faces within the Croatian music scene. Damir was born in Omišalj, on the island of Krk, and began his music career by participating in a music show 16 years ago. He was the most listened-to male singer in 2019 in Croatia, for which he received the Best Male Performer Award according to official statistics.
He has also tried his hand at acting and won the Croatian Actor Award for his role in the famous musical, Crna Kuća. He captivated the audience with the song Sve u meni se budi, which won the title of the most-played song in Croatia. Ever since that time his songs have been one hit after another. His song Srce mi umire za njom won the Zagreb Festival, and Vidi se izdaleka and Poljubi me sad captured the air and the hearts of his audience.
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.
READ MORE: Damir's participant profile
Damir recently participated in the fourth episode of Eurovision Home Concerts. He provided a sneak peek of his performance on his Instagram page in the days leading up to the premiere. Next to his Eurovision entry, a social media fan vote determined that Damir would sing a cover of Loreen's Euphoria.
Since the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Damir has posted regular updates on his social media pages to keep fans updated about the projects he is working on. In one recent post, he teased about an upcoming project: "In a very short time, I’ll let you know why and where I went. And who are the people I’m looking at in this photo. Can’t wait. Stay tuned :)"
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Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Croatia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. Prior to this, Croatia participated in the Contest as part of Yugoslavia. The country's first participating, Put, came to the Eurovision Song Contest after qualifying from the pre-selection show, Kvalifikacija za Millstreet.
Though the country itself has yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Croatian band Riva won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1989 representing Yugoslavia, which meant that the contest was held in Croatia's capital, Zagreb, in 1990.
READ MORE: Croatia's country page
In 2019, Roko sang The Dream for Croatia on the Expo Tel Aviv stage. The Dream was written by Jacques Houdek and composed by him alongside Charlie Mason and Andrea Čubrić, and came 14th in the second Semi-Final.