Every Monday for the next few weeks, we will be looking back at former participating nations at the Eurovision Song Contest. This week, we look back at Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country who has made the Final 18 times, 2016 been the only year not to qualify for the Final..
Bosnia and Herzegovina debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1993, when the Contest was held in Millstreet, Ireland. Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of three countries making their debut in 1993, the year the Contest expanded into Eastern Europe for the first time (through the pre-qualification round – Kvalifikacija za Millstreet). Fazla represented Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993 with his entry “Sva bol svijeta”.
While participating in the Contest, Bosnia and Herzegovina have chosen to sing in a variety of languages. While Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian were the main choices, we have also seen English and French partially used too.
In 2006, Bosnia and Herzegovina placed 2nd in the Final, their best entry during their participation of the Eurovision Song Contest. Hari Mata Hari took part in Athens, with their entry “Lelja”.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since they last entered in 2016, in Stockholm. BHRT, the Bosnian broadcaster are currently unable to participate in any of the Eurovision Family Of Events due to sanctions placed on them by the EBU.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland