Croatia may not participate in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking to ESCXTRA, Croatian broadcaster HRT has said that they cannot confirm their participation in next years Eurovision Song Contest as of yet. Further information on the matter has not been disclosed, however it was recently revealed that the country would host the 2020 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians in the capital Zagreb.
In this moment, HRT cannot confirm participation or [provide] any further information.
If the country was to withdraw from the contest, they would join Bosnia and Herzegovina, Andorra and Slovakia in their confirming their absence.
Croatia was represented by Roko with the song “The Dream”, he finished 14th in the second semi-final scoring a total of 64 points. Croatia was 12th in the televote with 38 points and 14th with the juries on 26 points.
The Eurovision Song Contest will be brought back to the Netherlands for the 2020 edition after Duncan Laurence’s victory at the 2019 contest with his song “Arcade”. To date, 24 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.