Unfortunately, Croatia will be a no-show in Copenhagen in 2014. The national broadcaster of Croatia, HRT, has confirmed this to eurovision.tv in a written statement.
As is usually the case when countries withdraw, it is financial difficulties that forces the Croatian broadcaster to stay home. “HRT needs to use its funds wisely and as efficiently as possible. We also need to take care of the public criticism about our budget policy,” the statement said.
HRT also adds that the scoring record of the Croatian entries plays a role in their decision and that they will use the time off to attempt coming up with more potentially successful entries. “It is in our interest to choose songs and artists that will be able to achieve good ranking. Until our return to the Eurovision Song Contest, we are going to focus our creative potential in that direction.”
The statement does not mention when their return will be and it also has not been decided if the broadcaster will air the shows from Copenhagen.
Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 after the break-up of Yugoslavia. Their most successful entries were in 1996 and 1999, which both achieved 4th place. Croatia has not qualified for the final since 2009.