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
Participation summary
Appearances19 (18 finals)
First appearance1993
Last appearance2016
Best result3rd: 2006
Worst result11th SF: 2016
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 24 November 2015 BHRT announced that they would return to the contest in 2016.[7]

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.[8]

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 the debts that they have with the EBU make it very challenging, indicating that a 2020 return would be highly unlikely.[9]


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


Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

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[edit]

Year Commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1993 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Dejan Zagorac
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
20172019 No broadcast Did not participate

Other shows[edit]

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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.


  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 (24 November 2015). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2016". ESCToday. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (29 September 2016). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2017". ESCToday. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Bosnia & Herzegovina's "primary goal" is Eurovision comeback but 2020 return "difficult"". 29 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Marcel Bezençon Awards". Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  11. ^ Klier, Marcus (18 May 2009). "The Eurovision 2009 Marcel Bezençon Awards". Retrieved 8 December 2019.

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