Croatia have had mixed fortunes at Eurovision. In the 90s and early 00s they racked up six top ten finishes with their best result being in 1999 when Doris Dragović came fourth with song ‘Marija Magdalena’. However in the recent past, since 2010 they have failed to qualify from the semi final every year they competed. Croatia took a break from Eurovision for the last two years but are set to make a return now in 2016.
Serbia had previously performed as Serbia and Montenegro (2004-2006 with a second place finish in 2004) and prior to that as part of Yugoslavia (1961-1992 with a win in 1989). Since breaking away they have enjoyed moderate success. This includes a win on their debut in 2007 with Marija Šerifović’s ‘Molitva’, as well as a third place in 2012, sixth in 2008 and most recently a tenth place for Bojana Stamenov’s ‘Beauty Never Lies’. They failed to qualify in 2009 and in 2013 and did not participate in 2014.
Without meaning to cause offence, Bulgaria are one of the biggest losers at Eurovision. The country has competed a total of nine times since their debut in 2005, however they have only managed to qualify for the final of Eurovision once. The time they did qualify they came in fifth with song ‘Water’ by Elitsa & Stoyan. The duo also returned to Eurovision in 2013 (the last time Bulgaria competed) with ‘Samo shampioni’ which came twelfth in the semi final.
Poland made their Eurovision debut in 1994 with Edyta Górniak’s ‘To nie ja!’. To date this is their best result, finishing in second place. In addition to their second place finish they have had one other top ten finish which was in 2003. Since then their best result has been 14th which they achieved with Cleo and Donotan’s ‘My Słowianie (We Are Slavic)’ in 2014. This song fared particularly in the televote but fell down when added to the jury votes. Poland did not participate in 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2013 and failed to qualify from the semi finals on six occasions between 2004 and 2012.