Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||National Selection (2003–2006)
Internal Selection (2014)
|Best result||1st: 2003|
|Worst result||Last: 2014|
|Croatia's page at Eurovision.tv|
| For the most recent participation see
Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014
The participation of the Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT), a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), were responsible for the selection process of their participation. Croatia originally used a national selection format for their participation at the contests. The first representative to participate for the nation at the 2003 contest was Dino Jelusić with the song "Ti si moja prva ljubav" , which finished in first place out of sixteen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and thirty-four points. Croatia first withdrew from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007. After seven years of absence, Croatia decided to return to the contest in 2014 which was held in Marsa, Malta and selected their entry internally. However after placing last with Josie and the song "Game Over", Croatian broadcaster HRT again withdrew from competing the following year, and have yet to make their return to the contest.
Croatia are one of the sixteen countries to have made their debut at the inaugural Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003, which took place on 15 November 2003 at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark. After problems occurred with the prospective host for the 2004 contest, Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) stepped in to host the contest. 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. HRT was one of six other broadcasters to enter a bid to host the 2005 contest, however this was unsuccessful. Croatia also expressed an interest in hosting the 2006 contest and made another unsuccessful bid to host the 2007 contest. HRT withdrew from the 2007 contest, due to expense and difficulties in broadcasting the contest live.
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. Their return was officially confirmed by the EBU on 26 September 2014, with the 2014 contest being scheduled to be broadcast on HRT 2. On 23 June 2015, it was announced that HRT would withdraw from the 2015 contest, leaving Croatia out of the edition which took place in Bulgaria. On 17 August 2016, HRT announced that they have no plans to return to the contest in 2016. On the 20 of May 2017 the Croatian broadcaster announced their ambitions to return to the 2017 contest in Tbilisi.
- Table key
|2003||Dino Jelusić||"Ti si moja prva ljubav"||Croatian||1||134|
|2004||Nika Turković||"Hej mali"||Croatian||3||126|
|2005||Lorena Jelusić||"Rock Baby"||Croatian||12||36|
|Did not participate between 2007 and 2013|
|2014||Josie||"Game Over"||Croatian, English||16||13|
|Did not participate from 2015 to present|
Broadcasts and voting
Commentators and spokespersons
The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov. The Croatian broadcaster, HRT, sent their own commentator to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Croatian language. Spokespersons were also chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Croatia. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2003.
|2007–2013||No broadcast||Did not participate|
|2014||Ivan Planinić and Aljoša Šerić||Sarah|
|2015–2016||No broadcast||Did not participate|
The tables below shows Croatia's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2014:
- Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
- Croatia in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21.
- Croatia in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger.
- García, Belén (7 September 2015). "#BestOfJESC – Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". esc-plus.com. ESC+Plus. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
- Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-01). "Junior 2004 in Croatia!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-17). "'Junior contest moves to Norway'". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- Philips, Roel (2004-03-04). "Belgium organises Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005!". ESCToday.
- 'Croatia and Romania want to host junior 2006'
- West-Soley, Richard (17 September 2006). "Dutch JESC decision 'took ten minutes'". ESCToday.com. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- Klier, Marcus (2007-01-20). "HRT Withdraw from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
- Garcia, Belen (23 September 2014). "Junior Eurovision: Looks like Croatia is back!". ESC+Plus. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
- Fisher, Luke James (26 September 2014). "Croatia returns to Junior Eurovision!". junioreurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
- Granger, Anthony (23 June 2015). "Croatia withdraws from Junior Eurovision". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
- Granger, Anthony (17 August 2016). "Croatia will not return Junior Eurovision 2016". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
- Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
- Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Official EBU Page