Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station HRT
National selection events Dora (1993-2011),
Internal selection (2012, 2013)
Appearances 21 (16 finals)
First appearance 1993
Last appearance 2013
Best result 4th: 1996, 1999
Worst result 16th SF: 2007 SF
External links
HRT page on Dora
Yugoslavia's page at

Croatia has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times, participating every year since their debut in 1993. Together with Sweden and Malta, and the 5 countries that are for financial reasons entitled to take part every year, Croatia was one of the few countries that didn't miss a contest since 1993, when the lowest scorers each year got relegated, until 19 September 2013, when Croatia announced their withdrawal from the 2014 contest, due to take place in the Danish capital Copenhagen.[1]

The Croatian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest is selected at the pop festival called Dora, an annual event organised by the national public broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).

History of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Croatia participated at Eurovision ten times as part of Yugoslavia, in 1963, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1986-90. Apart from being the most successful Yugoslav republic in the contest, it gave the socialist republic its only win, "Rock Me", sung by Riva in 1989, that was held in Lausanne. The Eurovision Song Contest 1990 was held in Zagreb as a result.

After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, the Croatian national public broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) had organised a festival to select a Croatian representative for the 1992 Contest. Had HRT been a member of the EBU in time for the contest, the first Croatian entry at Eurovision would have been the band Magazin with "Aleluja".[2]

Croatia's first entry as an independent state was in 1993 with the band Put, performing "Don't Ever Cry" which was, despite the English title, performed in Croatian. The song came third in the "Qualification for Millstreet", which allowed for their participation in the 1993 contest. Croatia's best position, as of 2013, has been with Maja Blagdan's 1996 entry "Sveta ljubav", and Doris Dragović's 1999 entry "Marija Magdalena".

Croatian singer Tereza Kesovija represented Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 and the Croatian group Feminnem represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with "Call me".

Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest, citing the European financial crisis, as well as a string of poor results between 2010 and 2013 influencing their decision to take a year break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in 2009.[1]


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 Put Croatian, English "Don't Ever Cry" 15 31 3 51
1994 Tony Cetinski Croatian "Nek' ti bude ljubav sva" 16 27
No Semi-Finals
1995 Magazin & Lidija Horvat-Dunjko Croatian "Nostalgija" 6 91
1996 Maja Blagdan Croatian "Sveta ljubav" 4 98 19 30
1997 E.N.I. Croatian "Probudi me" 17 24
No Semi-Finals
1998 Danijela Martinović Croatian "Neka mi ne svane" 5 131
1999 Doris Dragović Croatian "Marija Magdalena" 4 118
2000 Goran Karan Croatian "Kad zaspu anđeli" 9 70
2001 Vanna English "Strings of My Heart" 10 42
2002 Vesna Pisarović English "Everything I Want" 11 44
2003 Claudia Beni Croatian, English "Više nisam tvoja" 15 29
2004 Ivan Mikulić English "You Are The Only One" 12 50 9 72
2005 Boris Novković feat. Lado Croatian "Vukovi umiru sami" 11 115 4 169
2006 Severina Vučković Croatian "Moja štikla" 12 56
Top 12 Previous Year
2007 Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić Croatian, English "Vjerujem u ljubav"
Failed to qualify
16 54
2008 Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents Croatian "Romanca" 21 44 4 112
2009 Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Šušnjara Croatian "Lijepa Tena" 18 45 131 33
2010 Feminnem Croatian "Lako je sve"
Failed to qualify
13 33
2011 Daria Kinzer English "Celebrate"
Failed to qualify
15 41
2012 Nina Badrić[3] Croatian "Nebo"
Failed to qualify
12 42
2013 Klapa s Mora Croatian "Mižerja"
Failed to qualify
13 38
1. ^ In 2009, Croatia qualified through the back-up jury selection.
2. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Croatia's voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Croatia gave 12 points to a winning song / Croatia won the contest.
     Second place – Croatia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Croatia was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Croatia gave 12 points to a third place song / Croatia came third place in the contest.
     Qualified – Croatia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Croatia qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Croatia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Croatia did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1993  Norway  Romania
1994  Ireland No semi-finals  Slovakia No semi-finals
1995  Malta  Malta
1996  Malta Unknown1
1997  United Kingdom No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998  United Kingdom  Macedonia
1999  Slovenia  Slovenia
2000  Russia
2001  Denmark
2002  Malta  Slovenia
2003  Russia
2004  Serbia and Montenegro  Serbia and Montenegro
2005  Serbia and Montenegro  Macedonia  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Serbia and Montenegro
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Participate
2007  Serbia  Serbia Did not Qualify
2008  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Macedonia
2009  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia
2010  Turkey  Cyprus Did not Qualify  Slovenia
2011  Slovenia  Serbia Did not Qualify  Malta
2012  Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Qualify  Bosnia and Herzegovina
2013  Ukraine  Denmark Did not Qualify

1 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.


Year(s) Commentators
1961-1964* Gordana Bonetti
1965-1969* Mladen Delić
1970-1989* Oliver Mlakar
1990-1991* Branko Uvodić
1993-2000 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
2001-2002 Ante Batinović
2003 Danijela Trbović
2004-2005 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
2006-current Duško Čurlić

*Competed as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (19 September 2013). "Croatia: HRT will not participate in Eurovision 2014". Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Croatian Contest for the Eurovision Song Contest - Grand Prix '92
  3. ^ Ajdinović, Faruk (9 January 2012). "Nina ide na Eurosong!". Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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