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Croatia: HRT Will Not Participate in Junior Eurovision 2019

HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has confirmed it will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2019.

The Croatian broadcaster HRT, has confirmed to Eurofestivales that it will not be participating in Junior Eurovision 2019. The broadcaster stated that the budget needed to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, is currently not available and as a result the broadcaster cannot afford to take part.

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 2019 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will be held on Sunday 24th November in Gliwice, Poland. To date, eleven countries have expressed their interest in participating in the contest:

  • Albania
  • Australia
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • Kazakhstan
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Wales

Although they have not yet confirmed, it is expected that these countries will confirm this year due to their attendance at the Reference Group meeting:

  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Italy
  • Malta

The following nations have confirmed that they will not be participating in Poland:

  • Croatia
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro

Source: Eurofestivales

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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