Country Of The Month: Croatia Part-4 (Last)!


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.

Doris Dragović – Marija Magdalena

In 1999, Croatia selected Doris Dragović and her song “Marija Magdalena”, which means “Mary Magdalene” to sent in Jerusalem. The song is entirely in Croatian.

It was composed by Tonči Huljić and the lyrics were written by Vjekoslava Huljić. At the final, the artist placed 4th with 118 points.

Doris Dragović was born on 16 April 1961 in Split, Croatia. Her full name is Dorotea Dragović. She begun her career joining the group More in 1980’s, whilst she pursued her solo career in 1986. The same year she took part in Eurovision, representing Yugoslavia, placing 11th. In 1999, she represent this time Croatia at the contest placing 4th. Her 1999 entry remains a fan-favourite song, with great success. Doris is an acclaimed artist not only in Croatia, but in all the former Yugoslav countries. Since 1985 she has released a total of 16 studio albums. Her most recent work is her single “Brod za nabolje”, which was released in 2019 and reached the 4th place at the national charts.

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.

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