Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station HRT
National selection events National Selection (2003-2006)
Internal Selection (2014)
Appearances 5
First appearance 2003
Best result 1st: 2003
Worst result Last: 2014
External links
Croatia's page at

Croatia has entered the Junior Eurovision Song Contest four times, first entering in 2003. Croatia was the first winner of the contest, with Dino Jelusić winning for Croatia with "Ti si moja prva ljubav" in Copenhagen.


After problems occurred with the prospective host for the 2004 contest, Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) stepped in to host the contest.[1] However, this was later abandoned after it was revealed the venue HRT had planned on using for the contest was to be in use during the period of the contest.[2]

HRT withdrew from the 2007 contest, due to expense and difficulties in broadcasting the contest live.[3]

On 23 September 2014, it was announced that Croatia could possibly return to the 2014 contest in Marsa, Malta due to a tweet composed by the Executive Supervisor of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Vladislav Yakovlev.[4] Their return was officially confirmed by the EBU on 26 September 2014, with the 2014 contest being scheduled to be broadcast on HRT 2.[5]

Croatia's best result was their win in 2003, and their worst result came in 2014 when Josie Zec came last with "Game Over".


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Song Place Points
2003 Dino Jelusić Croatian "Ti si moja prva ljubav" 1 134
2004 Nika Turković Croatian "Hej mali" 3 126
2005 Lorena Jelusić Croatian "Rock Baby" 12 36
2006 Mateo Đido Croatian "Lea" 10 50
Did not participate between 2007 and 2013
2014 Josie Croatian, English "Game Over" 16 13

Voting history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-01). "Junior 2004 in Croatia!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-17). "'Junior contest moves to Norway'". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ Klier, Marcus (2007-01-20). "HRT Withdraw from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  4. ^ Garcia, Belen (23 September 2014). "Junior Eurovision: Looks like Croatia is back!". ESC+Plus. Retrieved 23 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Fisher, Luke James (26 September 2014). "Croatia returns to Junior Eurovision!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 September 2014.