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Croatia: HRT Considering A Return To Junior Eurovision

HRT the Croatian national broadcaster has confirmed that the broadcaster is looking at the possibility of returning to Junior Eurovision this year.

The Croatian national broadcaster, HRT has informed Eurovoix that the editorial board of the broadcaster is considering a return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The broadcaster has yet to make a final decision on participation, with the deadline for countries to sign up for this years competition expected to be in September.

Croatia last participated in the contest in 2014 when Josie performed the song “Game Over” in Malta. She finished last in the finals scoring just 13 points overall, this included 12 points for participating in the competition from the organisers. Croatia was one of the original 16 countries to participate in the first contest in 2003 which Dino Jelusić won for Croatia with his song “Ti si moja prva ljubav”.

The 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest later this year in Tbilisi, Georgia. The contest is to be held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace on November 26. It is the first time that the three-time winners of the contest have hosted Junior Eurovision.

Changes have been made to the rules of this years contest. The amount of a song that can be performed in English has been increased to 40% of the lyrics. While the number of voices on the backing track has been increased from five to six singers.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia –  Host nation
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

The following countries participated in the 2016 contest but are yet to publicly confirm participation:

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • FYR Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine

Source: HRT

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Croatia debuted in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 and the won the first competition represented by Dino Jelusic and his song “Ti si moja prva ljubav”. Following their victory Croatia was due to host the competition after the United Kingdom had difficulties, however Croatia also had to withdraw as their planned venue was booked for the dates of the contest. Croatia went on to participate until 2006 when they withdrew from the competition. In 2014 Croatia returned represented by Josie and her song “Game Over”, she finished last with 13 points.

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