Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Member station||Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)|
|National selection events|
|Appearances||19 (18 finals)|
For the most recent participation see
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Bosnia and Herzegovina has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut in 1993, after coming second in the qualification round "Kvalifikacija za Millstreet". Prior to 1993, Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari finished third with the song "Lejla". This remains the country's only top five result in the contest. The country also achieved five other top ten results: 1999 with Dino Merlin (seventh), 2004 with Deen (ninth), 2008 with Laka (tenth), 2009 with Regina (ninth), and 2011, again with Dino Merlin (sixth). Bosnia and Herzegovina returned to the contest for the first time since 2012 at the 2016 contest, where it failed to advance from the semi-finals for the first time. The country then withdrew once again from the contest and has yet to return.
Low average scores meant Bosnia and Herzegovina did not qualify for the contests in 1998 and 2000, and the country did not participate in the 2013 contest for financial reasons. BHRT had stated that it hoped to return to the contest in 2014, and on 18 November 2013, it submitted a preliminary application to compete in the 2014 contest. However, on 18 December 2013, it was announced that Bosnia and Herzegovina would not be returning for 2014.
On 9 September 2014, BHRT announced that it had submitted an application to compete in the 2015 contest. On 30 October 2014, BHRT stated that participation was still in jeopardy due to financial difficulties. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) granted it a deadline extension until 14 November 2014 to make a final decision regarding its participation. On 17 November 2014, BHRT announced that it would not be competing in the 2015 contest, having not secured the necessary funds to finance its participation.
On 29 September 2016, BHRT again announced its withdrawal from the competition in 2017, due to the difficult financial situation that the national broadcaster is currently facing.
The Bosnian head of delegation, Lejla Babović, confirmed on 29 December 2018 that BHRT's current primary goal is to return to Eurovision, but its current financial situation and mounting debts with the EBU make a return in the near future highly unlikely.
Prior to Yugoslavia's dissolution, artists from the Bosnian federal unit represented Yugoslavia in 1964, 1965, 1973, 1976, and 1981.
|1993||Fazla||"Sva bol svijeta"||Bosnian||16||27||2[a]||52[a]|
|1994||Alma and Dejan||"Ostani kraj mene"||Bosnian||15||39||No semi-finals|
|1995||Davor Popović||"Dvadeset prvi vijek"||Bosnian||19||14|
|1996||Amila Glamočak||"Za našu ljubav"||Bosnian||22||13||21||29|
|1997||Alma Čardžić||"Goodbye"||Bosnian||18||22||No semi-finals|
|1999[b]||Dino and Béatrice||"Putnici"||Bosnian, French||7||86|
|2002||Maja||"Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје)||Serbian, English||13||33|
|2003||Mija Martina||"Ne brini"||Croatian, English||16||27|
|2004||Deen||"In the Disco"||English||9||91||7||133|
|2005||Feminnem||"Call Me"||English||14||79||Top 12 in 2004 final[c]|
|2006||Hari Mata Hari||"Lejla"||Bosnian||3||229||2||267|
|2007||Marija Šestić||"Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена)||Serbian||11||106||Top 10 in 2006 final[c]|
|2010||Vukašin Brajić||"Thunder and Lightning"||English||17||51||8||59|
|2011||Dino Merlin||"Love in Rewind"||English, Bosnian||6||125||5||109|
|2012||Maya Sar||"Korake ti znam"||Bosnian||18||55||6||77|
|2016||Dalal and Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala||"Ljubav je"||Bosnian||Failed to qualify||11||104|
|1993 (KzM)||Esad Arnautalić|
Marcel Bezençon Awards
lyrics (l) / music (m)
|2006||Composer Award||"Lejla"||Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l), Dejan Ivanović (l)||Hari Mata Hari||3||229||Athens|
|2009||Composer Award||"Bistra voda"||Aleksandar Čović (m & l)||Regina||9||106||Moscow|
Commentators and spokespersons
|1993||Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac||Dejan Zagorac[e]|
|1996||Suad Bejtović||Segmedina Srna|
|1998||Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac||Did not participate|
|2000||Did not participate|
|2003||Dejan Kukrić||Ana Vilenica|
|2005||Ana Mirjana Račanović|
|2013||Did not participate|
|2016||Dejan Kukrić||Ivana Crnogorac|
|2017–2023||No broadcast||Did not participate|
- From 1961 until 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina competed as part of Yugoslavia.
|Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest||Dino Merlin|
|Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light||Maja Čengić Miralem|
Marija Šestić performing "Rijeka bez imena" in Helsinki (2007)
Vukašin Brajić performing "Thunder and Lightning" in Oslo (2010)
Dino Merlin performing "Love in Rewind" in Düsseldorf (2011)
- ^ a b Kvalifikacija za Millstreet served as the semi-final round for the 1993 contest.
- ^ The song "Starac i more" by Hari Mata Hari won the national final, but was disqualified as it was discovered that a Finnish version of the song was released in 1997. The runner-up, "Putnici" by Dino and Béatrice was selected instead.
- ^ a b According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the grand final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's grand final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
- ^ All conductors are of Bosnian nationality unless otherwise noted.
- ^ The spokesperson from the prequalifying round was Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (14 December 2012). "Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be in Malmö". ESCToday. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (18 November 2013). "Bosnia Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (19 December 2013). "Eurovision 2014: Bosnia & Herzegovina will not compete in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (9 September 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2015". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: Participation in Vienna uncertain; deadline extended". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (17 November 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not return to Eurovision in 2015". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
- ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (29 September 2016). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2017". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- ^ "Bosnia & Herzegovina's "primary goal" is Eurovision comeback but 2020 return "difficult"". 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- ^ O'Connor 2010, p. 212.
- ^ Roxburgh 2020, pp. 367–382.
- ^ "Marcel Bezençon Awards". eurovision.tv. Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- ^ Klier, Marcus (18 May 2009). "The Eurovision 2009 Marcel Bezençon Awards". esctoday.com. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
- O'Connor, John Kennedy (2010). The Eurovision Song Contest: The Official History (2nd ed.). London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-521-1.
- Roxburgh, Gordon (2020). Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest. Vol. Four: The 1990s. Prestatyn: Telos Publishing. ISBN 978-1-84583-163-9.