When Croatia decided to return to Junior Eurovision in 2014, we were sure that the nation which won the inaugural Junior Eurovision in 2003 would be sticking around for several years to come. Sadly we appear to have been wrong, as an official at Croatia’s state broadcaster HRT has told ESC Plus that they will not field a contestant. No reason was given. We can’t help but think of the chorus from Croatia’s 2014 song: “Game, game over, no more restart…”
wiwibloggs has reached out to HRT for an official explanation, but they have not responded. We’re pretty sure their withdrawal is down to their results from last year. American-born Josephine Zec — a wunderkind who had set up a gaming programmes for girls, which is now being replicated by the UN throughout the Balkans — finished last in Malta with her song “Game Over”. She received just one point from San Marino (on top of the 12 freebie points the EBU kindly gives to all the junior participants).
We have it on good account that the EBU gave Croatia’s broadcaster a major discount in 2014, so it’s unlikely the transmission fee is to blame for their exit. Given that, is there any hope the EBU can woo Croatia to the contest in Bulgaria?
Regardless, we are happy to have met this lovely and talented girl anyway.