Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

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Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country Croatia
National selection
Selection processInternal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 17 February 2017
Song: 2 March 2017
Selected entrantJacques Houdek
Selected song"My Friend"
Selected songwriter(s)Jacques Houdek
Tony Roberth Malm
Siniša Reljić
Arjana Kunštek
Ines Prajo
Fabrizio Laucella
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (8th, 141 points)
Final result13th, 128 points
Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Croatia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, which took place in Kiev, Ukraine, in May 2017. After the successful return in 2016, Croatian national broadcaster Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) confirmed on 17 September 2016 that they would also participate in 2017.[1]

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2017 contest, Croatia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-two times since their debut in Millstreet 1993.[2] The nation's highest placing in the contest was fourth, which they achieved two times: in 1996 with the song "Sveta ljubav" performed by Maja Blagdan and in 1999 with "Marija Magdalena" performed by Doris Dragović. Following the introduction of semi-finals for the 2004 contest, Croatia had featured in six finals. Croatia's least successful result in the final has been twenty-third place, which they achieved in 2016 with the song "Lighthouse" performed by Nina Kraljić, their first final performance after 7 years. And Croatia's least successful result in semi final has been sixteenth place, which they achieved in 2007 with the song "Vjerujem u ljubav", performed by Dragonfly and Dado Topić.

Before Eurovision[edit]

Internal selection[edit]

On 17 February 2017, the Croatian national broadcaster HRT announced that it had internally selected Jacques Houdek to represent Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[3] The song that Houdek performed at the Eurovision Song Contest, "My Friend", was presented on 2 March 2017 during the radio programme Svijet diskografije broadcast on HR 2 and hosted by Zlatko Turkalj Turki.[4] The song was written by Houdek, Tony Roberth Malm, Siniša Reljić, Arjana Kunštek, Ines Prajo and Fabrizio Laucella.[5] Kunštek and Prajo were also the co-writers of "Ne brini", the Bosnian Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2003. In regards to her song, Houdek stated: "This is the song of my life and certainly the best thing I wrote so far. I’m happy that I have gathered such a great team of authors who have helped me to make the idea of the song come true and we believe that it will represent our homeland in the most beautiful light".[6]

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[7] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Croatia was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[8] After the official semi final draw was released, Croatia was supposed to perform 12th. After Russia's withdrawal, Croatia was set to perform 11th. Jacques Houdek managed to qualify to the grand final placing 8th in the semi with 141 points. This was second year in a row that Croatia qualified. In the final, he performed 13th and finished on the 13th place with 128 points, which was Croatia's best result in 10 years.

Points awarded to Croatia[edit]

Points awarded to Croatia (Semi-final 2)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Croatia (final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Croatia[edit]

Split voting results from Croatia (Semi-final 2)
Draw Country Jury Televote
T. Preradović D. Jelusić S. Lozar I. Kindl S. Doležal Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Serbia 9 15 9 10 10 9 2 2 10
02  Austria 5 9 5 4 5 6 5 7 4
03  Macedonia 13 14 11 14 11 13 5 6
04  Malta 10 8 14 12 9 10 1 16
05  Romania 17 16 17 17 17 17 4 7
06  Netherlands 1 1 3 1 2 1 12 9 2
07  Hungary 2 4 1 2 1 2 10 1 12
08  Denmark 4 2 4 5 6 3 8 14
09  Ireland 14 17 10 16 16 16 13
10  San Marino 11 13 16 15 13 14 15
11  Croatia
12  Norway 8 10 2 11 4 7 4 11
13   Switzerland 15 7 13 9 15 12 10 1
14  Belarus 3 3 7 6 3 4 7 8 3
15  Bulgaria 6 5 6 3 7 5 6 3 8
16  Lithuania 12 11 12 8 12 11 17
17  Estonia 16 12 15 13 14 15 12
18  Israel 7 6 8 7 8 8 3 6 5
Split voting results from Croatia (final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
T. Preradović D. Jelusić S. Lozar I. Kindl S. Doležal Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Israel 18 13 18 24 16 18 19
02  Poland 22 7 14 12 17 13 22
03  Belarus 2 8 11 9 7 6 5 11
04  Austria 9 14 10 8 10 10 1 15
05  Armenia 6 23 15 25 15 16 23
06  Netherlands 3 1 6 2 5 3 8 10 1
07  Moldova 13 11 13 19 11 12 7 4
08  Hungary 1 9 1 1 1 1 12 1 12
09  Italy 19 24 9 13 12 15 4 7
10  Denmark 10 2 12 4 13 8 3 20
11  Portugal 5 5 4 6 3 4 7 2 10
12  Azerbaijan 17 22 17 17 18 20 14
13  Croatia
14  Australia 7 4 8 7 4 5 6 12
15  Greece 23 16 21 20 19 22 24
16  Spain 24 15 24 18 25 24 25
17  Norway 14 12 7 5 9 9 2 13
18  United Kingdom 15 17 5 14 8 11 16
19  Cyprus 16 18 19 21 24 21 17
20  Romania 8 6 25 15 20 14 5 6
21  Germany 21 20 20 11 14 17 18
22  Ukraine 20 25 23 16 22 23 21
23  Belgium 25 21 22 23 23 25 6 5
24  Sweden 11 10 2 10 6 7 4 9 2
25  Bulgaria 4 3 3 3 2 2 10 3 8
26  France 12 19 16 22 21 19 8 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Błażewicz, Maciej (17 September 2016). "Croatia confirms Eurovision 2017 participation". escbubble.com. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Croatia | Country profile | Eurovision Song Contest". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Eurosong - Jacques Houdek predstavlja Hrvatsku na natjecanju za pjesmu Eurovizije u Ukrajini". eurosong.hrt.hr (in Croatian). 17 February 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Jacques Houdek na 62. natjecanju za pjesmu Eurovizije nastupa s pjesmom My friend". eurosong.hrt.hr (in Croatian). HRT. 20 February 2017.
  5. ^ "ESC 2017 - Jacques Houdek (Croatia)". ESCKAZ. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  6. ^ Adams, William Lee (24 February 2017). "Strings with attitude! Jacques Houdek shares "My Friend" snippet". Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 16 December 2020.
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2017). "Semi-Final Allocation draw to take place in Kyiv". eurovision.tv. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  8. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 January 2017). "Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 January 2017.