Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country Croatia
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 13 February 2018
Song: 6 March 2018
Selected entrantFranka Batelić
Selected song"Crazy"
Selected songwriter(s)Branimir Mihaljević
Franka Batelić
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (17th, 63 points)
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Croatia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) used a national final in order to find the Croatian representative in Lisbon, after two consecutive years of internal selection.[1] This decision was later reversed, and thus "Crazy" sung by Franka Batelić was internally selected.[2][3]

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2018 contest, Croatia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-three times since their debut in Millstreet 1993.[4]

Before Eurovision[edit]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 29 January 2018, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Croatia was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 8 May 2018, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[5]

Once all the competing songs for the 2018 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Croatia was set to perform in position 12, following the entry from Macedonia and preceding the entry from Austria.[6]

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.

Points awarded to Croatia[edit]

Points awarded to Croatia (Semi-final 1)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
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]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Croatian jury: [7]

  • Mustafa Softić – Chairperson – music producer, arranger
  • Lara Antić Prskalo – singer
  • Zdenka Kovačiček – singer
  • Gina Damjanović – singer, songwriter
  • Miroslav Lesić – musician, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nakon višegodišnje pauze Dora se opet vraća u 'Opatiju bajnu'". 24 sata (in Croatian). November 25, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "HRT definitivno odustao od organizacije Dore". Jutarnji list (in Croatian). January 5, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Croatia is going to get "Crazy" in Lisbon". Eurovision.tv. February 13, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Croatia | Country profile | Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 January 2018). "Which countries will perform in which Semi-Final at Eurovision 2018?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Running order for Eurovision 2018 Semi-Finals revealed". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 3 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. ^ Groot, Evert (30 April 2018). "Exclusive: They are the expert jurors for Eurovision 2018". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2018.