HRT has shown their intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with the broadcaster to discuss possible selection methods in the coming months.
Speaking to Net.hr, the Croatian national broadcaster signaled their intention to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. While the broadcaster did not confirm outright that they will participate next year they stated that participation was “essential” to Croatia, and that discussions will take place regarding the selection process for 2019.
Following the nations worst result in the Eurovision Song Contest to date, the broadcaster stated;
We consider different options for the next selection of the Croatian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest, but the decision will be taken later.
Adding that they will thoroughly analyse their participation this year and;
make timely a decision on the preparations for the new edition of Eurovision Song Contest.
Croatia finished 17th out of 19 countries in Semi-Final One of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Represented by Franka who performed “Crazy”, the country scored 63 points and failed to qualify on both the public and jury vote.
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.