Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Member stationRadio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
National selection events
National Final
  • BH Eurosong
  • 1993
  • 1994–1997 (song)
  • 2001–2003
  • 2004 (song)
  • 2005
  • Vaš šlager sezone
  • 1999
Internal Selection
  • 1994–1997 (artist)
  • 2004 (artist)
  • 2006–2012
  • 2016
Participation summary
Appearances19 (18 finals)
First appearance1993
Last appearance2016
Highest placement3rd: 2006
External links
BHRT page
Bosnia and Herzegovina's page at
Song contest current event.png 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 (7th), 2004 with Deen (9th), 2008 with Laka (10th), 2009 with Regina (9th), and 2011, again with Dino Merlin (6th). Bosnia and Herzegovina returned to the contest for the first time since 2012 at the 2016 contest, where they failed to advance from the semi-finals for the first time. They then withdrew once again from the contest.


Low average scores meant Bosnia and Herzegovina did not qualify for the contests in 1998 and 2000, and the country did not participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö for financial reasons. The national broadcaster had stated that it hoped to return to the contest in 2014,[1] and on 18 November 2013 it submitted a preliminary application to compete in the 2014 contest,[2] but on 18 December 2013 it was revealed that Bosnia & Herzegovina would not be returning for 2014.[3]

On 9 September 2014, BHRT announced that they had submitted an application to the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria.[4] On 30 October 2014, it was announced by an official BHRT press release that participation was still in jeopardy due to the financial difficulties. EBU granted them a deadline extension until 14 November 2014 to make a final decision regarding their participation.[5] On 17 November 2014, BHRT announced that they would not be competing in the 2015 contest, having not secured the necessary funds to finance their participation.[6]

On 29 September 2016, BHRT announced once again its withdrawal from the competition in 2017, due to the difficult financial situation that the national broadcaster is currently facing.[7]

The Bosnian head of delegation, Lejla Babović, confirmed on 29 December 2018 that BHRT's current primary goal is to return to Eurovision, but their current financial situation and mounting debts with the EBU make a return in the near future highly unlikely.[8]

Participation overview

Prior to Yugoslavia's dissolution, artists from the Bosnian federal unit represented Yugoslavia in 1964, 1965, 1973, 1976, and 1981.

Table key
Second place
Third place
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
Fazla "Sva bol svijeta" Bosnian 16 27 2[a] 52[a]
Alma Čardžić and Dejan Lazarević "Ostani kraj mene" Bosnian 15 39 No semi-finals
Davor Popović "Dvadeset prvi vijek" Bosnian 19 14
Amila Glamočak "Za našu ljubav" Bosnian 22 13 21 29
Alma Čardžić "Goodbye" Bosnian 18 22 No semi-finals
Dino and Béatrice "Putnici" Bosnian, French 7 86
Nino "Hano" Bosnian, English 14 29
Maja "Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје) Serbian, English 13 33
Mija Martina "Ne brini" Croatian, English 16 27
Deen "In the Disco" English 9 91 7 133
Feminnem "Call Me" English 14 79 Top 12 previous year[b]
Hari Mata Hari "Lejla" Bosnian 3 229 2 267
Marija Šestić "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) Serbian 11 106 Top 10 previous year[b]
Laka "Pokušaj" Bosnian 10 110 9 72
Regina "Bistra voda" Bosnian 9 106 3 125
Vukašin Brajić "Thunder and Lightning" English 17 51 8 59
Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" English, Bosnian 6 125 5 109
Maya Sar "Korake ti znam" Bosnian 18 55 6 77
Dalal and Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala "Ljubav je" Bosnian Failed to qualify 11 104


Year Conductor[c]
1993 (KzM) Esad Arnautalić
1993 Republic of Ireland Noel Kelehan
1994 Sinan Alimanović


Marcel Bezençon Awards

Year Category Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2006 Composer Award "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l), Dejan Ivanović (l) Hari Mata Hari 3 229 Greece Athens
2009 Composer Award "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9 106 Russia Moscow

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1993 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Dejan Zagorac[d]
1994 Diana Grković-Foretić
1996 Suad Bejtović Segmedina Srna
1997 Diana Grković-Foretić
1998 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Did not participate
1999 Segmedina Srna
2000 Did not participate
2001 Segmedina Srna
2003 Dejan Kukrić Ana Vilenica
2004 Mija Martina
2005 Ana Mirjana Račanović
2006 Vesna Andree-Zaimović
2008 Melina Garibović
2009 Laka
2010 Ivana Vidmar
2012 Laka
2013 Did not participate
2014 No broadcast
2016 Dejan Kukrić Ivana Crnogorac
20172022 No broadcast Did not participate

Other shows

Show Commentator
Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest Dino Merlin
Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light Maja Čengić Miralem


See also


  1. ^ a b Kvalifikacija za Millstreet served as the semi-final round for the 1993 contest.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ All conductors are of Bosnian nationality unless otherwise noted.
  4. ^ The spokesperson from the prequalifying round was Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac


  1. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (14 December 2012). "Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be in Malmö". ESCToday. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  2. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (18 November 2013). "Bosnia Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (19 December 2013). "Eurovision 2014: Bosnia & Herzegovina will not compete in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (9 September 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: Participation in Vienna uncertain; deadline extended". ESCToday. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (17 November 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not return to Eurovision in 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  7. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (29 September 2016). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2017". ESCToday. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Bosnia & Herzegovina's "primary goal" is Eurovision comeback but 2020 return "difficult"". 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Marcel Bezençon Awards". Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  10. ^ Klier, Marcus (18 May 2009). "The Eurovision 2009 Marcel Bezençon Awards". Retrieved 8 December 2019.

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