Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

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For Bosnia and Herzegovina's most recent participation, see Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Member station Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
National selection events
Appearances 18 (18 finals)
First appearance 1993
Last appearance 2012
Best result 3rd: 2006
Worst result 22nd: 1996
External links
BHRT page
Bosnia and Herzegovina's page at

Bosnia and Herzegovina debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 after coming second in the qualification round "Kvalifikacija za Millstreet", and most recently took part in 2012.

Prior to 1993, Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia.

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, marking their return to the contest after a two-year absence.[4] On 30 October 2014, it was announced by official BHRT press release that participation is 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]

Bosnia and Herzegovina between 2004 and 2012 has never been eliminated in the semi-final.


Bosnia and Herzegovina's best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari came 3rd with the song "Lejla" (second in the semi-final). Since 2004, it has reached the final every year, except in 2013 and 2014, when the country did not participate for financial reasons, and therefore has never been eliminated in the semi-final.


For contestants prior to 1993, see Yugoslavia in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 Fazla Bosnian "Sva bol svijeta" 16 27 2 52
1994 Alma Čardžić & Dejan Lazarević Bosnian "Ostani kraj mene" 15 39 No semi-finals
1995 Davorin Popović Bosnian "Dvadeset prvi vijek" 19 14
1996 Amila Glamočak Bosnian "Za našu ljubav" 22 13 21 29
1997 Alma Čardžić Bosnian "Goodbye" 18 22 No semi-finals
1998 Did not participate
1999 Dino & Beatrice Bosnian, French "Putnici" 7 86
2000 Did not participate
2001 Nino Pršeš Bosnian, English "Hano" 14 29
2002 Maja Tatić Serbian, English "Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје) 13 33
2003 Mija Martina Croatian, English "Ne brini" 16 27
2004 Deen English "In The Disco" 9 91 7 133
2005 Feminnem English "Call Me" 14 79 Top 12 Previous Year
2006 Hari Mata Hari Bosnian "Lejla" 3 229 2 267
2007 Maria Serbian "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) 11 106 Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Laka Bosnian "Pokušaj" 10 110 9 72
2009 Regina Bosnian "Bistra voda" 9 106 3 125
2010 Vukašin Brajić English "Thunder and Lightning" 17 51 8 59
2011 Dino Merlin English, Bosnian "Love in Rewind" 6 125 5 109
2012 Maya Sar Bosnian "Korake ti znam" 18 55 6 77
Did not participate between 2013 and 2015

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004–2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2012, Bosnia and Herzegovina's voting history is as follows:

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2006 "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l)
and Dejan Ivanović (l)
Hari Mata Hari 3rd 229 Athens
2009 "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9th 106 Moscow

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1993 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Senad Hadžifejzović
1994 Diana Grković-Foretić
1996 Suad Bejtović Segmedina Srna
1997 Diana Grković-Foretić
1998 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
1999 Segmedina Srna
2000 Bosnia and Herzegovina 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 Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
2014 No broadcast


See also[edit]


  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. 

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