Croatia will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2020 at the HRT autumn schedule launch last night. Dora will once again be used to select the Croatian entry for Rotterdam. The submission window for interested artists and composers to submit songs will be opened at a later date.
HRT were not able to confirm their participation initially as they had to plan their budget. It was also recently revealed that the country would host the 2020 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians in the Croatian capital of Zagreb.
HRT previously stated:
“We hope everything is going to be all right, and that there is no worry about joining the Eurovision magic in Rotterdam 2020.”
Croatia was represented by Roko with the song “The Dream”, who was the first Croatian entrant since 2011 to be selected through Dora. 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, 32 countries have confirmed preliminary participation. These countries are:
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.