Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationCroatian Radiotelevision (HRT)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances25 (18 finals)
First appearance1993
Best result4th: 1996, 1999
External links
HRT page on Dora
Croatia's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020

Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 25 times since making its debut at the 1993 contest. Between 1993 and 2011, the Croatian entrant was selected at the Dora pop festival, an event organised by the national public broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT). Croatia's best result in the contest is a fourth-place finish in 1996 and 1999.

Croatia achieved six top ten results in seven years, with Magazin & Lidija sixth (1995), Maja Blagdan fourth (1996), former Magazin member Danijela Martinovic fifth (1998), Doris Dragović (who was 11th for Yugoslavia in 1986) fourth (1999), Goran Karan ninth (2000), and Vanna tenth (2001). Since then, Croatia has failed to reach the top ten.

Croatia failed to reach the final for four years in succession (2010–13), before choosing to not participate in 2014 and 2015.[1][2] Croatia returned and reached the final in both 2016 and 2017, but has now failed to reach the final in seven of the last 11 contests it has entered.


Ten representatives of Yugoslavia came from Croatia: in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990. 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.[3]

After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, the Croatian national public broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) had organised a festival to select a Croatian representative for the 1992 Contest. If HRT had 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".[4]

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, also partially performed in Croatian. The song came third in the Qualification for Millstreet pre-selection event, which allowed their participation in the 1993 contest. Croatia's best position, as of 2020, has been with Maja Blagdan's 1996 entry "Sveta ljubav" and Doris Dragović's 1999 entry "Marija Magdalena".[citation needed]

Along with Malta, Cyprus and Portugal, Croatia was never relegated in the 1990s, and, unlike Cyprus and Portugal, it was never relegated in the beginning of the 21st century. Relegation meant that the country would have to sit out the subsequent contest due to poor placement.

Croatian broadcaster HRT announced on 19 September 2013 that they would not participate in the 2014 contest, citing the financial difficulties, as well as a string of poor results between 2010 and 2013 influencing their decision to take a year's break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in 2009.[1] Croatia would not return to the contest in 2015,[2] and on 5 May 2015, HRT announced that it wouldn't broadcast the 2015 contest either.[5] It was the first time since 1992 for HRT to not broadcast the contest.

On 26 November 2015, it was announced that Croatia would return to the contest in 2016.[6] It was also reported that the entry would possibly be the winner of the first season of the Croatian version of The Voice.[7] Nina Kraljić won The Voice and was selected to represent Croatia with the internally selected song "Lighthouse". The entry qualified for the final, making it the first time Croatia had made it to the final since 2009. After the successful return in 2016, Croatian national broadcaster HRT confirmed on 17 September 2016 that they would also participate in 2017.[8] Jacques Houdek, the coach of Nina Kraljić in The Voice - Najljepši glas Hrvatske, was internally selected to represent the country on 17 February 2017, exactly five months after they confirmed the participation.[9] On 30 October 2018, it was announced by HRT that the national final, Dora, would return in 2019, traditionally taking place in Opatija, a famous summer resort. The Croatian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was selected on 16 February.[10]


The Yugoslavian entries in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 were from Croatia and competed for Yugoslavia.

Table key
Third place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
Put Croatian, English "Don't Ever Cry" 15 31 3 51
Tony Cetinski Croatian "Nek' ti bude ljubav sva" 16 27 No semi-finals
Magazin & Lidija Croatian "Nostalgija" 6 91
Maja Blagdan Croatian "Sveta ljubav" 4 98 19 30
E.N.I. Croatian "Probudi me" 17 24 No semi-finals
Danijela Croatian "Neka mi ne svane" 5 131[a]
Doris Dragović Croatian "Marija Magdalena" 4 118
Goran Karan Croatian "Kad zaspu anđeli" 9 70
Vanna English "Strings of My Heart" 10 42
Vesna Pisarović English "Everything I Want" 11 44
Claudia Beni Croatian, English "Više nisam tvoja" 15 29
Ivan Mikulić English "You Are The Only One" 12 50 9 72
Boris Novković feat. Lado members Croatian "Vukovi umiru sami" 11 115 4 169
Severina Croatian "Moja štikla" 12 56 Top 11 previous year[b]
Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić Croatian, English "Vjerujem u ljubav" Failed to qualify 16 54
Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents Croatian "Romanca" 21 44 4 112
Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Croatian "Lijepa Tena" 18 45 13[c] 33
Feminnem Croatian "Lako je sve" Failed to qualify 13 33
Daria English "Celebrate" 15 41
Nina Badrić Croatian "Nebo" 12 42
Klapa s Mora Croatian "Mižerja" 13 38
Nina Kraljić English "Lighthouse" 23 73 10 133
Jacques Houdek English, Italian "My Friend" 13 128 8 141
Franka English "Crazy" Failed to qualify 17 63
Roko English, Croatian "The Dream" 14 64
Damir Kedžo Croatian "Divlji vjetre" Contest cancelled[d] X


Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2016 Nina Kraljić Sweden Stockholm

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

The public broadcaster of each participating country in the Eurovision Song Contest assigns a head of delegation as the EBU's contact person and the leader of their delegation at the event. The delegation, whose size can greatly vary, includes a head of press, the contestants, songwriters, composers and backing vocalists, among others.[12]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2019 Željen Klašterka
20202021 Uršula Tolj

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year TV commentator TV channel Radio commentator (HR 2) Spokesperson Ref.
1992 No broadcast No broadcast Did not participate
1993 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov HRT 2 No broadcast Veljko Đuretić
1994 HRT 1 Helga Vlahović
1995 Daniela Trbović
1996 HRT 2 Draginja Balaš
1997 HRT 1 Davor Meštrović
1999 No broadcast Marko Rašica
2001 Ante Batinović Draginja Balaš Daniela Trbović
2002 Oliver Mlakar HRT 2 Duško Čurlić
2003 Daniela Trbović Davor Meštrović
2004 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov HRT 1 No broadcast Barbara Kolar
2006 Duško Čurlić Mila Horvat
2007 Barbara Kolar
2009 Mila Horvat
2011 Nevena Rendeli
2013 HRT 2 (semi-finals)
HRT 1 (final)
Robert Urlić Uršula Tolj
2014[e] Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov HRT 1 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov Did not participate
2015 No broadcast No broadcast
2016 Duško Čurlić HRT 1 Zlatko Turkalj Turki Nevena Rendeli
2017 Uršula Tolj
2018 Duško Čurlić
2019 Monika Lelas Halambek


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
  2. ^ According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the grand final without having to compete in semi-finals. Although Serbia and Montenegro finished in the top ten in 2005, they did not participate in the 2006 contest, and their place in the final was awarded to 11th-place Croatia.
  3. ^ Qualified through the back-up jury selection.
  4. ^ The 2020 contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. ^ In 2014, HRT screened only the grand final. The semi-finals were not screened.


  1. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (19 September 2013). "Croatia: HRT will not participate in Eurovision 2014". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b Jiandani, Sanjay (26 September 2014). "Croatia: HRT will not participate Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 1990". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  4. ^ Croatian Contest for the Eurovision Song Contest - Grand Prix '92 Archived April 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "HRT ne prenosi Eurosong 2015.!'". (in Croatian). 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  6. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (26 November 2015). "Croatia: HRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2016". ESCToday. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  7. ^ Premec, Tina (7 October 2014). "ZA NAJSKUPLJI SHOW HTV-a PRIJAVILO SE VIŠE OD 1000 LJUDI 'Koliko smo ga platili? To je tajna'". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ Błażewicz, Maciej (17 September 2016). "Croatia confirms Eurovision 2017 participation". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Eurosong - Jacques Houdek predstavlja Hrvatsku na natjecanju za pjesmu Eurovizije u Ukrajini". (in Croatian). 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Adams, William Lee (22 May 2016). "Barbara Dex Award 2016: Croatia's Nina Kraljic tops Eurovision's Worst Dressed list". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Heads of Delegation". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  13. ^ Farren, Neil (17 January 2019). "Croatia: Dora 2019 Participants Revealed". Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  14. ^ Granger, Anthony (2019-12-10). "Croatia: Uršula Tolj Announced As Head of Delegation". Eurovoix. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
  15. ^ Farren, Neil (23 June 2020). "Croatia: Dora to Select Eurovision 2021 Entry". Eurovoix. Retrieved 27 June 2020.
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