Yugoslavia

Yugoslavia was the first non-Western country to participate in the Song Contest in 1961. This was part of the 'third way' politics of Tito, the then ruler: Yugoslavia was communist, but maintained relations with both the East and the West. Until 1992 - when Yugoslavia had collapsed after years of Balkan Wars - the country organized a national preliminary round in which the various republics that made up Yugoslavia participated. The Yugoslavian entries performed eleven times in Croatian, six times in Serbian, four times in Bosnian, four times in Slovenian and twice in Montenegrin. The Macedonians never saw their language represented, nor did the inhabitants of the provinces of Kosovo and Vojvodina.

From 1977 to 1980, the country temporarily withdrew because of poor results, but the broadcaster received so many requests to reverse the decision that it continued its participation. In 1983 Daniel Popovic finished fourth but scored a huge European summer hit with his Džuli. In 1989 followed the first and only Yugoslavian victory, with Rock me from the group Riva. The following year, the festival was organised in Zagreb, an edition that is still known as one of the most chaotic ever, with problems with the scoring system and a backing track that didn't start.

After 1993 the former Yugoslav republics began to participate in the contest independently, although Serbia and Montenegro participated for a while as Serbia-Montenegro. Kosovo’s participation is still awaited.

(T: Dominic Manley)

Performance

Entries 27
Average Performance 37.6%

Entries

Malmö 1992
Extra Nena — Ljubim te pesmama
(Radivoje Radivojević/Gale Janković)
13th
44
Rome 1991
Baby Doll — Brazil
(Zoran Vracević/Dragana Šarić)
21st
1
Zagreb 1990
Tajči — Hajde da ludujemo
(Zrinko Tutić/Alka Vuica)
7th
81
Lausanne 1989
Riva — Rock me
(Rajko Dujmić/Stevo Cvikić)
1st
137
Dublin 1988
Srebrna Krila — Mangup
(Rajko Dujmić/Stevo Cvikić)
6th
87
Brussels 1987
Novi Fosili — Ja sam za ples
(Rajko Dujmić/Stevo Cvikić)
4th
92
Bergen 1986
Doris Dragović — Željo moja
(Zrinko Tutić)
11th
49
Luxembourg 1984
Vlado & Isolda — Ciao, amore
(Slobodan Bućevac/Milan Perić)
18th
26
Munich 1983
Danijel — Džuli
(Daniel Popović/Mario Mihaljević/Rajko Simunović)
4th
125
Harrogate 1982
Aska — Halo, halo
(Aleksandar Sanja Ilić/Miro Zec)
14th
21
Dublin 1981
Seid Memić Vajta — Lejla
(Ranko Boban)
15th
35
The Hague 1976
Ambasadori — Ne mogu skriti svoju bol
(Slobodan Vujović/Slobodan Đurašović)
17th
10
Stockholm 1975
Pepel In Kri — Dan ljubezni
(Tadej Hrušovar/Dušan Velkaverh)
13th
22
Brighton 1974
Korni — Generacija '42
(Kornelije Kovač)
12th
6
Luxembourg 1973
Zdravko Čolić — Gori vatra
(Kemal Monteno)
15th
65
Edinburgh 1972
Tereza — Muzika i ti
(Nikica Kalogjera/Ivan Krajač)
9th
87
Dublin 1971
Krunoslav Slabinac — Tvoj dječak je tužan
(Ivan Krajač/Zvonimir Golob)
14th
68
Amsterdam 1970
Eva Sršen — Pridi, dala ti bom cvet
(Mojmir Sepe/Dušan Velkaverh)
11th
4
Madrid 1969
Ivan & 4M — Pozdrav svijetu
(Milan Lentić)
13th
5
London 1968
Luciano Kapurso & Hamo Hajdarhodžić — Jedan dan
(Đelo Jusić/Stipica Kalogjera/Stijepo Stražičić)
7th
8
Vienna 1967
Lado Leskovar — Vse rože sveta
(Urban Koder/Milan Lindič)
8th
7
Luxembourg 1966
Berta Ambrož — Bres bezed
(Mojmir Sepe/Elza Budau)
7th
9
Napels 1965
Vice Vukov — Čežnja
(Julio Marić/Žarko Roje)
12th
2
Copenhagen 1964
Sabahudin Kurt — Život je sklopio krug
(Srđan Matijević/Stevan Raičković)
13th
0
London 1963
Vice Vukov — Brodovi
(Mario Nardelli)
11th
3
Luxembourg 1962
Lola Novaković — Ne pali svetlo u sumrak
(Jože Privšek/Drago Britvić)
4th
10
Cannes 1961
Ljiljana Petrović — Neke davne zvezde
(Jože Privšek/Miroslav Antić)
8th
9

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