Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Member station||Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||21 (16 finals)|
|Best result||4th: 1996, 1999|
|Worst result||16th SF: 2007 SF|
|HRT page on Dora|
← Yugoslavia's page at Eurovision.tv
Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times since making its debut at the 1993 contest.
Croatia's first top ten result at the contest came in 1995, when Magazin & Lidija Horvat-Dunjko finished sixth. This would be the first of six top ten results in seven years. Maja Blagdan was fourth in 1996, Danijela Martinovic, who had previously participated as a member of Magazin, was fifth in 1998, Doris Dragovic, who had finished 11th for Yugoslavia in 1986, was fourth in 1999, Goran Karan was ninth in 2000 and Vanna was tenth in 2001. Since then, Croatia has failed to reach the top ten.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Croatia has failed to reach the final on five occasions, including four years in succession from 2010–2013. Croatia then announced its withdrawal from the 2014 contest and will not return in 2015.
The Croatian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest was selected at the pop festival called Dora, an annual event organised by the national public broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).
Croatia participated at Eurovision ten times as part of Yugoslavia, in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972 and 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".
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.
Also it was further revealed that Croatia will not return to the contest in 2015, but there are plans to return to the contest in 2016, with the entry possibly being the winner of the upcoming season of The Voice-Najljepši glas Hrvatske.
- Table key
- 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.
As of 2013, Croatia's voting history is as follows:
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|1992||No Broadcast||Croatia did not participate|
|1993||Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov||Veljko Đuretić|
|2001||Ante Batinović||Danijela Trbović|
|2003||Danijela Trbović||Davor Meštrović|
|2004||Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov||Barbara Kolar|
|2006||Duško Čurlić||Mila Horvat|
|2014||Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov (final)||Croatia did not participate|
- From 1961 until 1991 Croatia competed as part of Yugoslavia
- Jiandani, Sanjay (19 September 2013). "Croatia: HRT will not participate in Eurovision 2014". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Jiandani, Sanjay (26 September 2014). "Croatia: HRT will not participate Eurovision 2015". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Croatian Contest for the Eurovision Song Contest - Grand Prix '92
- Jiandani, Sanjay (26 September 2014). "Croatia: HRT will not participate Eurovision 2015". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Premec, Tina (7 October 2014). "ZA NAJSKUPLJI SHOW HTV-a PRIJAVILO SE VIŠE OD 1000 LJUDI 'Koliko smo ga platili? To je tajna'" (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- Ajdinović, Faruk (9 January 2012). "Nina ide na Eurosong!". eurosong.hr. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest.|
- "Dora" - Croatian ESC Pre-selection
- Points to and from Croatia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
- Povijest Dore (Croatian)