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HRT Dora

Member station HRT
National selection events Dora(1993-2011), Internal selection(2012,2013)
Appearances 21 (16 finals)
First appearance 1993
Last appearance 2013
Best result 4th: 1996, 1999
Worst result 16th SF: 2007 SF
External links
Croatia's page at

Croatia has participated at the Eurovision Song Contest 21 times, participating every year since their debut in 1993. Together with Sweden and Malta, and the 5 countries that are for financial reasons entitled to take part every year, Croatia is one of the few countries that has not missed a contest since 1993, when the lowest scorers each year got relegated. Croatia announced on 19 September 2013, of their withdrawal from the 2014 contest, due to take place in the Danish capital Copenhagen.[1]

The Croatian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest is selected at the pop festival called Dora, an annual event organised by the national public broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT).

History of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest

Croatia participated at Eurovision ten times as part of Yugoslavia, in 1963, 1968-69, 1971-72, 1986-90. 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.

After the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 1991, the Croatian national public broadcaster Hrvatska radiotelevizija (HRT) had organised a festival to select a Croatian representative for the 1992 Contest. Had HRT 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".[2]

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, performed in Croatian. The song came third in the "Qualification for Millstreet", which allowed for their participation in the 1993 contest. Croatia's best position, as of 2013, has been with Maja Blagdan's 1996 entry "Sveta ljubav", and Doris Dragović's 1999 entry "Marija Magdalena".

Croatian singer Tereza Kesovija represented Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 and the Croatian group Feminnem represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with "Call me".

Croatian broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) announced on 19 September 2013 that they are withdrawing from the 2014 contest, citing the European financial crisis, as well as a string of poor results between 2010 and 2013 influencing their decision to take a year break. The last time Croatia qualified for the grand final was in 2009.[1]


For contestants prior to 1992, see Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Year Artist Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 Put "Don't Ever Cry" 15 31 3 51
1994 Tony Cetinski "Nek' ti bude ljubav sva" 16 27 N/A N/A
1995 Magazin & Lidija Horvat-Dunjko "Nostalgija" 6 91
1996 Maja Blagdan "Sveta ljubav" 4 98 19 30
1997 E.N.I. "Probudi me" 17 24 N/A N/A
1998 Danijela Martinović "Neka mi ne svane" 5 131
1999 Doris Dragović "Marija Magdalena" 4 118
2000 Goran Karan "Kad zaspu anđeli" 9 70
2001 Vanna "Strings of My Heart" 10 42
2002 Vesna Pisarović "Everything I Want" 11 44
2003 Claudia Beni "Više nisam tvoja" 15 29
2004 Ivan Mikulić "You Are The Only One" 12 50 9 72
2005 Boris Novković feat. Lado "Vukovi umiru sami" 11 115 4 169
2006 Severina Vučković "Moja štikla" 12 56 X X
2007 Dragonfly feat. Dado Topić "Vjerujem u ljubav" X X 16 54
2008 Kraljevi ulice & 75 Cents "Romanca" 21 44 4 112
2009 Igor Cukrov feat. Andrea Šušnjara "Lijepa Tena" 18 45 13* 33
2010 Feminnem "Lako je sve" X X 13 33
2011 Daria Kinzer "Celebrate" X X 15 41
2012 Nina Badrić[3] "Nebo" X X 12 42
2013 Klapa s Mora "Mižerja" X X 13 38

* In 2009, Croatia qualified through jury selection.

  • XX on the semi-finals denotes auto-qualification. This could be the result of one of the following two reasons; if a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. The other reason being that back in 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 with Spain and the United Kingdom finishing after 15th place, 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.
  • XX on the finals denotes an unsuccessful attempt at qualifying to the final.

Voting history

As of 2013, Croatia's voting history is as follows:


Year(s) Commentators
1961-1964* Gordana Bonetti
1965-1969* Mladen Delić
1970-1989* Oliver Mlakar
1990-1991* Branko Uvodić
1993-2000 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
2001-2002 Ante Batinović
2003 Danijela Trbović
2004-2005 Aleksandar "Aco" Kostadinov
2006-current Duško Čurlić

*Competed as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991


See also


External links

  • "Dora" - Croatian ESC Pre-selection
  • Points to and from Croatia
  • Povijest Dore (Croatian)Template:Croatia in Eurovision
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