Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Croatia. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Croatian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.
Boris Novković feat. Lado members – Vukovi Umiru Sami
In 2005, Croatia selected Danijela Martinović and his song “Vukovi umiru sami”, which means “Wolves die alone” to sent in Kyiv. The song is entirely in Croatian and Boris sings along Lado members, the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia.
It was composed by Franjo Valentić and the lyrics were written by Boris Novković. At the final, the artist placed 11th with 115 points.
Boris Novković was born on 25 December 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He is an active singer and songwriter since the ’80s, releasing his first album in 1986. He is an established artist in his country. In 1990 he tried to represent Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest but placed second in the national final. In 2005 he won the national selection and represent Croatia in Kyiv. In 2006 he was the composer of the Croatian entry. All these years he has released a total of 17 albums.
Croatia in the Eurovision 🇭🇷
Croatia has been participating in Eurovision since 1961, as part of Yugoslavia. Ten out of the 27 times Yugoslavia took part in the contest, the artists were from Croatia. Croatia is also responsible for the only victory of Yugoslavia in 1989. As a result of that victory, the contest was held in the capital, Zagreb, in 1990.
Croatia debuted as an independent country at the contest in 1993. Since then, it has participated twenty-five times, missing the event two times – 2014 and 2015. The two times the country didn’t participate was due to financial difficulties of the public broadcaster. Is noteworthy that in 2015 was the first time since 1992 – and only the second time since 1961 – that the contest wasn’t broadcasted in the country.
Croatia has finished six times in the Top-10. The country has no victories in its history as an independent state. In 1999 the country placed 4th in a field of 23 with 118 points (under the old voting system), making it the best placing for the country. In contrast, its worst result came in 2018, when not only it was eliminated at the semis, but also finished 17th with 63 points. At the finals, Croatia’s worst result is the 2016’s 23rd place. The country has qualified to the final 18 times.
What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Croatia? Let us know in the comment box below.