HRT the Croatian national broadcaster is still discussing whether they will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The Croatian national broadcaster confirmed to Eurovoix, that the editorial board is still discussing whether they will participate in next years Eurovision Song Contest. Croatia is one of a number of countries that have yet to publicly state whether they will or will not participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Croatia returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 following a two year absence from the competition. Since their return in 2016 the country has qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest every year. Nina Kraljić took Croatia into their first Eurovision final since 2009 in 2016, when she performed the song “Lighthouse”, she finished 23rd.
In 2017 Croatia was represented by Jacques Houdek. The singer, who was internally selected, performed “My Friend”. In the final, Croatia placed 22nd with the jury scoring just 25 points, but ended 9th with the public vote scoring 103 points. At the end of the night, Croatia finished 13th with 128 points, the best result for Croatia in the contest since 2006 when Severina placed 12th in Athens. After the final Jacques commented that;
Thank you to all who trusted us. We are delighted, satisfied with the performance and the 13th place and we hope that the Republic of Croatia will progress every year to Eurovision.
To date two countries have ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. Andorra who last competed in 2009 and Luxembourg who last competed in 1993, have both stated that they will not be taking part in next years contest in Portugal. While Bosnia & Herzegovina’s national broadcaster has stated that it is unlikely that they will be returning to the contest next year in Lisbon.
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Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, they were one of three countries to debut in the contest that year. Croatia’s best result came in 1999 when Doris Dragovic finished 4th in Jerusalem. She performed the song “Marija Magdalena” which scored a total of 118 points, this included 12 points from Slovenia and Spain. Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.