Review: “Dora 2021” – First Impressions (Croatia)

On Saturday, the 13th of February 2021Croatia will hold their national final for Eurovision 2021: “Dora 2021”.

14 acts will compete in “Dora 2021“. The results will be determined by a combinarion of jury voting and public voting.

Dora is a traditional music festival that has been held in Croatia for years. After a long break, Dora returned in 2019. It will be the 3rd year in a row that Dora is being used as a mechanism for selecting a Eurovision act.

Croatian broadcaster HRT has published only a one-minute snippet of the competing songs, while the songs themselves will only be revealed during the show on Saturday night.
In this post, I will give a brief review of the snippets.


Nina has already represented Croatia at Eurovision 2016 with the song “Lighthouse
There is something captivating and magical in the song. It’s a Balkan ballad with a modern rock pop production. Nina’s voice is unique and excellent as always. The instrumental introduction at the beginning is effective. One of the the main elements of the song are the backing vocals.
I’ve heard only a minute of the song and I’m already addicted!
I think that this song can be the best effort for Croatia in recent years.
Nina has the ability to bring traditional Balkan songs to with modern production and therefore may stand out even at Eurovision.
We already know that staging will include dancers on a pole:

#2. ERIC – Reci mi

It’s an indie blues song with modern production. The singer has a mid-raspy voice.
He has cool vibes in the interpretation. The melody is based on keyboards and guitars.
At one specific point, it sounded repatitive. I hope the other parts of the song will be interesting enough.

#3. ELLA OREŠKOVIĆ – Come This Way

It’s a mid-tempo dance pop ballad with wide influences of the 1980’s.
Ella has a beautiful voice. The song is uplifting and catchy.
I see it as the perfect match between singer and song.
In my opinion, something in the composition of the verses should be reconsidered.

#4. Bernarda – Colors

A twice rejected song at Eurovision selections (Bulgaria 2016 Malta 2019).
I am glad to have BERNARDA back in the competition.
She has a wonderful voice and she knows how to perform live.
We’ve only heard the enjoyable chorus.
The song reminded me of “Chameleon” by Michaela.
I still prefer Bernarada performing ballads.

#5. SANDI CENOV – Kriv (guilty)

It’s a Balkan rock song. The style reminded me of the songs Croatia tends to send for Eurovision in the 1990‘s. I enjoyed Sandi’s voice in this song.
The song is nice, but Croatia has to move on with something more contemporary.

#6. ToMa – Ocean Of Love

A pop song with a production that makes you dance.
I loved the trumpet in the melody. The song has a well-structured rhythm.
I can see it getting a higher value with the right performance.

#7. Filip Rudan – Blind

A soft rock ballad. Filip has an impressive raspy voice.
The melody is based on guitars and drums. I love the way he pronounced the words.
It isn’t that modern, but I think the song is timeless

# 8. BETA SUDAR – Ma zamisli (Imagine)

A dance song with wide influences of the 1980‘s. The song is performed in Croatian which I see as an advantage. That’s what makes it special. However, the melody is quite predictable

#9. CAMBI – Zaljubljen (In Love)

It’s a Balkan tenor-pop opera song. The band members combined well vocally.
However, I found the song a little bit predictable. The violion part is a good choice.
I can see their song a little bit similar to Klapa s mora – Mižerja (Croatia Eurovision 2013) or even a “modest” version of Il Volo – Grande Amore (Italy Eurovision 2015)


Love love peace peace song, the cheesiest thing you could ask for.
The lyrics are just a cliche. The song ticks V in all the forbidden places for me,
starting with its title. I don’t think the voices of Bojan and Ashley combined well enough.
It’s a shame because Bojan is a good singer in general, as he has proven in his previous participation at “Dora.”

# 11. BRIGITA VUCO – Noći pijane (Drunk Nights)

The song is just too produced song with plenty of Auto-tune and other effects
that took over the natural voice of the singer. She reminded me a little bit of the Slovenian singer Senidah with the song Mišići, as well as Neda Ukraden from Serbia (Beovijizia 2020) with the song “Bomba“.
I can’t see her performing the song live and therefore it’s hard for me to judge it.

# 12. MIA NEGOVETIĆ – She’s Like a Dream

Mia was the runner up in “Dora 2020” with the song “When It Comes to You
Mia has a dreamy voice, she has softness and power at the same time.
The song is also in the 1980 style. However, the production here is more modern.
Her singing can be seen as soul- pop genre. The emphasise here is the singer, not the the melody.
Therefore, I adore this one.

# 13. ALBINA – Tick-Tock

This song has the potential to become a bop. Albina has self – confidence and a clear voice.
Her voice fits well with the melody. The beat of the song keeps on changing and it keeps us awake.
Something in the song reminded me a little bit of Ukraine songs at Eurovision in the 2005-2009.

# 14. TONY CETINSKI I KIKI RAHIMOVSKI – Zapjevaj, sloboda je! (Sing, it’s freedom)

TONY CETINSKI represented Croatia at Eurovision 1994 with the song “Nek’ ti bude ljubav sva
It’s a dated Balkan song. It seems like Tony stayed musically in the 1990’s.
The melody has some good moments and it isn’t generic, but it doesn’t stand out.
I could barely remember the song.

My Full Ranking

#2. MIA NEGOVETIĆ – She’s Like a Dream
#3. FILIP RUDAN – Blind
#4. ELLA OREŠKOVIĆ – Come This Way
#5. BERNARDA – Colors
#6. ALBINA – Tick-Tock
#7. ToMa – Ocean Of Love
#8. BETA SUDAR – Ma zamisli
#9. CAMBI – Zaljubljen
#10.ERIC – Reci mi
#11. SANDI CENOV – Kriv
#12. TONY CETINSKI I KIKI RAHIMOVSKI – Zapjevaj, sloboda je!
#13. BRIGITA VUCO – Noći pijane


תוצאת תמונה עבור Dora 2021 trophy

If Croatia chooses well, it will be NINA KRALJIĆ.
I think that one of the following songs will be the winner eventually:

She’s Like a Dream

Croatia will compete in the second half of semi-final 1 at Eurovision 2021

You can find all the relevant information on our Eurovision 2021 homepage:

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Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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