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
Worst result17th SF: 2018
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 fourth-place finishes 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 withdrawing from the contest 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", which allowed their participation in the 1993 contest. Croatia's best position, as of 2018, 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.


Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they were withdrawing from 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]

Also it was further revealed that Croatia would not return to the contest in 2015,[2] but there were plans to return to the contest in 2016, with the entry possibly being the winner of the first season of the Croatian version of The Voice.[5] However, on 5 May 2015, HRT announced that it won't broadcast the 2015 contest.[6] 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.[7] Nina Kraljić with the song "Lighthouse" qualified to the final, making it that Croatia qualified for the first time since 2009. After the successful return in 2016, Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (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 has been announced by HRT that the national selection, Dora, would return in 2019, traditionally taking place in Opatija, a famous summer resort. The Croatian entry for Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has been selected on 16 February.[10]


The Yugoslavian entries in 1963, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1990 are Croatian entries that competed for Yugoslavia.

Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 Put Croatian, English "Don't Ever Cry" 15 31 3 51
1994 Tony Cetinski Croatian "Nek' ti bude ljubav sva" 16 27 No semi-finals
1995 Magazin & Lidija Croatian "Nostalgija" 6 91
1996 Maja Blagdan Croatian "Sveta ljubav" 4 98 19 30
1997 E.N.I. Croatian "Probudi me" 17 24 No semi-finals
1998 Danijela Croatian "Neka mi ne svane" 5 1311
1999 Doris Dragović Croatian "Marija Magdalena" 4 118
2000 Goran Karan Croatian "Kad zaspu anđeli" 9 70
2001 Vanna English "Strings of My Heart" 10 42
2002 Vesna Pisarović English "Everything I Want" 11 44
2003 Claudia Beni Croatian, English "Više nisam tvoja" 15 29
2004 Ivan Mikulić English "You Are The Only One" 12 50 9 72
2005 Boris Novković feat. Lado members Croatian "Vukovi umiru sami" 11 115 4 169
2006 Severina Croatian "Moja štikla" 12 56 Top 11 Previous Year[a]
2007 Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić Croatian, English "Vjerujem u ljubav" Failed to qualify 16 54
2008 Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents Croatian "Romanca" 21 44 4 112
2009 Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Croatian "Lijepa Tena" 18 45 132 33
2010 Feminnem Croatian "Lako je sve" Failed to qualify 13 33
2011 Daria English "Celebrate" 15 41
2012 Nina Badrić Croatian "Nebo" 12 42
2013 Klapa s Mora Croatian "Mižerja" 13 38
Did not participate between 2014 and 2015
2016 Nina Kraljić English "Lighthouse" 23 73 10 133
2017 Jacques Houdek English, Italian "My Friend" 13 128 8 141
2018 Franka English "Crazy" Failed to qualify 17 63
2019 Roko English, Croatian "The Dream" 14 64
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. ^ In 2009, Croatia qualified through the back-up jury selection.
3. If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries. Serbia & Montenegro decided to withdraw from the competition even tho they finished in the top ten the previous year, so the country that placed 11th (which was Croatia) got the spot in the final instead.


Barbara Dex Award[edit]

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2016 Nina Kraljić Sweden Stockholm

Related involvement[edit]

Heads of delegation[edit]

Year Head of delegation Ref.
2019 Željen Klašterka

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) TV Commentator Radio Commentator (HR 2) TV Channel Spokesperson Spokesperson Background
1993 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov No broadcast HRT 2 Veljko Đuretić Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
1994 HRT 1 Helga Vlahović Zagreb Cathedral, Zagreb
1995 Daniela Trbović
1996 Draginja Balaš HRT 2
1997 HRT 1 Davor Meštrović Zagreb Skyline
1998 Esplanade Zagreb Hotel, Zagreb
1999 No broadcast Marko Rašica Zagreb Skyline
2001 Ante Batinović Draginja Balaš Daniela Trbović Ilica Street, Zagreb
2002 Oliver Mlakar HRT 2 Duško Čurlić
2003 Daniela Trbović Davor Meštrović Zagreb Skyline
2004 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov No broadcast HRT 1 Barbara Kolar
2005 Ilica Street, Zagreb
2006 Duško Čurlić Mila Horvat University Park, Zagreb
2007 Barbara Kolar Ban Jelačić Square, Zagreb
2009 Mila Horvat Zagreb Ethnographic Museum, Zagreb
2010 Zagreb Skyline
2011 Nevena Rendeli
2013 Robert Urlić HRT 2 (semi finals) Uršula Tolj
HRT 1 (final)
2014 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov[13] HRT 1 Croatia did not participate Croatia did not participate
2015 No broadcast No broadcast No broadcast
2016 Duško Čurlić Zlatko Turkalj Turki HRT 1 Nevena Rendeli HRT Headquarters, Zagreb
2017 Uršula Tolj
2018 Duško Čurlić
2019 Monika Lelas Halambek
  • From 1961 until 1991 Croatia competed as part of Yugoslavia

NOTE: In 2014, HRT screened only the grand final. The semi-finals were not screened.


All conductors are Croatian except with a flag.

  • Slovenia Andrej Baša (1993) (both the pre-selection and the final)
  • Miljenko Prohaska (1994)
  • Stipica Kalogjera (1995, 1998)
  • Alan Bjelinski (1996)

Prior to 1999, the Croatian entry was performed without orchestral accompaniment in 1997.[14]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.


  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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "HRT ne prenosi Eurosong 2015.!'". (in Croatian). 5 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  7. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (26 November 2015). "Croatia: HRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2016". ESCToday. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  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. ^ Farren, Neil (17 January 2019). "Croatia: Dora 2019 Participants Revealed". Retrieved 6 December 2019.
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