Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999

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Eurovision Song Contest 1999
Country  Croatia
National selection
Selection process Dora 1999
Selection date(s) 7 March 1999
Selected entrant Doris Dragović
Selected song "Marija Magdalena"
Finals performance
Final result 4th, 118 points
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Croatia competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 1999, held in Jerusalem, Israel. The Croatian entry for the contest was Doris Dragović with the song "Marija Magdalena".

The Croatian broadcater Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) held a national final, Dora, to select the Croatian entry for the contest.

Dora 1999[edit]

The 1999 edition of Dora was held on 7 March at the HRT TV studios in Zagreb, hosted by Oliver Mlakar and Vlatka Pokos. 24 songs competed, with the winner decided by 21 juries, 20 regional juries and a 21st jury made up of televoting results.

The winner of the contest was Doris Dragović with "Marija Magdalena". Dragović had previously represented Croatia, then part of Yugoslavia, at the 1986 contest with the song "Željo moja".

Dora 1999 - 7 March 1999
Draw Artist Song Points Place
1 Teens "Miris ljubavi" 28 14
2 Kristina "Da zora zna" 0 21
3 Alen Nižetić "Samo ti" 23 16
4 Andy "Samo nebo zna" 49 9
5 En Face "Kad prestane kiša" 0 21
6 Giuliano "Dobro mi došla ljubavi" 87 6
7 Josip Katalenić "San" 106 4
8 Nikita "Kraljica noći" 5 19
9 Magazin "Kasno je" 105 5
10 Sanja Lukanović "Jos jednom" 8 18
11 Turbo X "Cijeli svijet je između nas" 0 21
12 Goran Karan "Nisam te vrijedan" 122 3
13 Joy "Uzalud" 11 17
14 Mandi "Lako je reći zbogom" 2 20
15 Marina Tomašević "Ja sam tvoja žena" 28 14
16 Đani Stipaničev "Jos jedno jutro budi se" 38 12
17 Branka Bliznac "Dajte ljubavi" 0 21
18 Zrinka "Jednom u životu" 55 8
19 Zorana Šiljeg "Nije te briga" 38 12
20 Renata Sabljak "I kako sada ići dalje" 39 11
21 Doris Dragović "Marija Magdalena" 207 1
22 Mladen Grdović "Mama Marija" 74 7
23 Minea "U ponoć pozvoni" 40 10
24 Petar Grašo "Ljubav jedne žene" 153 2

At Eurovision 1999[edit]

On the night of the contest Dragović performed 4th, following Spain and preceding the United Kingdom. The song received 118 points at the close of the voting, placing 4th of 23 countries competing. This was, and still is as of 2013, Croatia's joint-best placing at the contest, sharing with Croatia's 1996 entry, "Sveta ljubav" with Maja Blagdan.

After the contest, the European Broadcasting Union (BU), the organizers of the contest, were forced to reduce Croatia's score to 79 for the calculation of the country's five-year average score, used to relegate country's from the next contest. This was due to the use of synthesised male vocals on the backing track, which the EBU said broke the "spirit of the rule" in which no live vocals could be featured on backing tracks. However, overall, the original score remained the same.

Points Awarded to Croatia[edit]

Points Awarded to Croatia
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points Awarded by Croatia[edit]

12 points  Slovenia
10 points  Bosnia and Herzegovina
8 points  Israel
7 points  Norway
6 points  Malta
5 points  United Kingdom
4 points  Belgium
3 points  Germany
2 points  Lithuania
1 point  Spain

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