Croatia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 22 times since making its debut at the 1993 contest. Between 1993 and 2011, the Croatian entrant was selected at the Dora pop festival, an event organised by the national public broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT). Croatia's best result in the contest is two fourth-place finishes in 1996 and 1999.
Croatia first reached the top ten in 1995, when Magazin & Lidija Horvat-Dunjko finished sixth with Nostalgija. This would be the first of six top ten results in seven years. Maja Blagdan was fourth in 1996, Danijela Martinović (who had previously participated as a member of Magazin) was fifth in 1998, Doris Dragović (who finished 11th for Yugoslavia in 1986) was fourth in 1999, Goran Karan was ninth in 2000, and Vanna was tenth in 2001. Since then, Croatia has failed to reach the top ten.
Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Croatia has failed to reach the final on five occasions, including four years in succession from 2010 to 2013. Croatia then withdrew from the contest in 2014 and 2015. On its return in 2016, Croatia reached the final for the first time in seven years.
I have been very happy that no less than 3 songs from Croatia became my number 1 song for a specific year - 1995, 2004 and 2013, and so I am especially looking forward to see what they will select this year. I hope at least some of my favourite Croatian songs are liked by other members.
Nostalgija - Magazin & Lidija
You are the only one - Ivan Mikulic
Mizerja - Klapa s Moro