Croatia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationHRT
National selection events
Participation summary
First appearance2003
Last appearance2014
Best result1st: 2003
Worst resultLast: 2014
External links
Croatia's page at
Song contest current event.png 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.[1] After problems occurred with the prospective host for the 2004 contest, Croatian broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) stepped in to host the contest.[2] 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.[3] HRT was one of six other broadcasters to enter a bid to host the 2005 contest, however this was unsuccessful.[4] Croatia also expressed an interest in hosting the 2006 contest[5] and made another unsuccessful bid to host the 2007 contest.[6] HRT withdrew from the 2007 contest, due to expense and difficulties in broadcasting the contest live.[7]

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.[8] Their return was officially confirmed by the EBU on 26 September 2014, with the 2014 contest being scheduled to be broadcast on HRT 2.[9] 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.[10] On 17 August 2016, HRT announced that they have no plans to return to the contest in 2016.[11] On 20 May 2017, the Croatian broadcaster announced their ambitions to return to the 2017 contest in Tbilisi. However, Croatia was not on the final list of participants released by the EBU.[12]


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place 

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
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
2006 Mateo Đido "Lea" Croatian 10 50
Did not participate between 2007 and 2013
2014 Josie "Game Over" Croatian, English 16 13
Did not participate from 2015 to 2019

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[13] 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.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2003 TBC TBC
2004 TBC TBC
2005 TBC Nika Turković
2006 TBC Lorena Jelusić
20072013 No broadcast Did not participate
2014 Ivan Planinić and Aljoša Šerić Sarah
20152019 No broadcast Did not participate

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Croatia's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2014:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ García, Belén (7 September 2015). "#BestOfJESC – Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2003". ESC+Plus. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  2. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-01). "Junior 2004 in Croatia!". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ Bakker, Sietse (2004-06-17). "'Junior contest moves to Norway'". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Philips, Roel (2004-03-04). "Belgium organises Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2005!". ESCToday. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ 'Croatia and Romania want to host junior 2006'
  6. ^ West-Soley, Richard (17 September 2006). "Dutch JESC decision 'took ten minutes'". Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  7. ^ Klier, Marcus (2007-01-20). "HRT Withdraw from JESC 2007". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-06-10. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ Garcia, Belen (23 September 2014). "Junior Eurovision: Looks like Croatia is back!". ESC+Plus. Retrieved 23 September 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Fisher, Luke James (26 September 2014). "Croatia returns to Junior Eurovision!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  10. ^ Granger, Anthony (23 June 2015). "Croatia withdraws from Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  11. ^ Granger, Anthony (17 August 2016). "Croatia will not return Junior Eurovision 2016". Eurovoix. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  12. ^ Granger, Anthony (23 May 2017). "Croatia HRT considering a return to Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  13. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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