Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Dora (1993-2011),
Internal selection (2012, 2013)
|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 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.
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
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".
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.
- Second place
- Third place
- Last place
- Automatically qualified to the final
- Did not qualify for the final
- Did not compete or was relegated
- 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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|1993-2000||Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov|
|2004-2005||Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov|
*Competed as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991
- Jiandani, Sanjay (19 September 2013). "Croatia: HRT will not participate in Eurovision 2014". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
- Croatian Contest for the Eurovision Song Contest - Grand Prix '92
- Ajdinović, Faruk (9 January 2012). "Nina ide na Eurosong!". eurosong.hr. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
- "Dora" - Croatian ESC Pre-selection
- Points to and from Croatia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
- Povijest Dore (Croatian)