HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.
Alongside confirming Croatia’s participation in Eurovision 2022, HRT also confirmed that Dora would be used to select the Croatian entry for Italy.
“The beautiful September weather only contributes to the preparations for Dora and Eurovision 2022, which are in full swing! The Croatian national final for the Eurovision Song Contest will begin soon, so stay with us for more information.”
Dora was used to select the Croatian entry for Eurovision since the nation’s debut in 1993 until 2011. After a series of internal selections and withdrawals, Dora returned in 2019 and has been used ever since. It is expected that Dora 2022 will take place in Opatija, which has hosted all editions of Dora except in 2011. The city signed a three-year deal with HRT to host Glazbeni dani Hrvatske radiotelevizije, which Dora forms part of.
Albina represented Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Tick-Tock”. Despite finishing in the top ten in both the jury and public votes, she finished 11th in the first semi-final and failed to qualify for the final, continuing Croatia’s non-qualification streak.
Image Source: EBU/Thomas Hanses / Source: HRT
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 Dragović 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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.