Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 1993

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Eurovision Song Contest 1993
Country  Bosnia and Herzegovina
National selection
Selection process BH Eurosong 1993
Selection date(s) 28 February 1993
Selected entrant Fazla
Selected song "Sva bol svijeta"
Finals performance
Final result 16th, 27 points
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest
1993 1994►

Bosnia and Herzegovina made their début at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 in Millstreet, Ireland. Fazla represented Bosnia and Herzegovina with the song "Sva bol svijeta". They finished in 16th place with 27 points.


Bosnia and Herzegovina first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, having previously competed as a part of Yugoslavia from 1961 to 1991.

During the disintegration of Yugoslavia the state broadcaster at the time, JRT, decided to continue Yugoslavia's participation in the contest, holding one last national final for the 1992 Contest, held on 28 March 1992. Only artists from the republics of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina competed, despite the former declaring independence on 1 March. Artists from Croatia, Slovenia and Macedonia did not compete after declaring independence from Yugoslavia in 1991. The winning song was "Ljubim te pesmama" by Extra Nena, representing Serbia. However, by the time Extra Nena competed at Eurovision for Yugoslavia, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was no more, and a new republic, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, had been formed.[1][2][3]

After the 1992 Contest Bosnia and Herzegovina's former sub-national broadcaster RTV Sarajevo became the country's national broadcaster, renamed Radio-Televizija Bosne i Hercegovine (RTVBiH). The broadcaster became a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on 1 January 1993, allowing it to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time as an independent nation.

BH Eurosong 1993[edit]

RTVBiH decided to hold a national final to select the first entry from an independent Bosnia and Herzegovina. BH Eurosong 1993 was held in the RTVBiH TV studios in Sarajevo on 28 February, hosted by Ismeta Krvavac, who had previously represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 1976, representing Yugoslavia, as the lead singer of the group Ambasadori.

11 songs competed to be the first entry for the independent country, however the group Nina, who competed with "Zapleši", were unable to get to the studio, and so a video-clip of their song was presented instead. Only the winner of the contest was announced, with an expert jury selecting the winner.

The winner was Fazla with the song "Sva bol svijeta". Alma Čardžić was rumoured to have come second with "Svi na ulice", however this was never confirmed.

The lyrics of "Sva bol svijeta" (All the pain in the world) describe the Bosnian War occurring at that time in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which gripped the entire country at the time.[4]

BH Eurosong 1993 - 28 February 1993
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Fazla "Sva bol svijeta" 1
2 Monia Sušac "Ti i ja"
3 Grupa Izvodjaca "Srce Evrope"
4 Nina "Zapleši"
5 Fuad Buzadžić "Vrijeme ljubavi" 2
6 Dražen Žerić "Monroe"
7 Davorin Popović "Raspored zvijezda" 5
8 Alma Čardžić "Svi na ulice" 2
9 Edo and Adi Mulahalilović "Bosna će još pjevati" 3
10 Selver Brdarić "Mona Liza"
11 Alen Mustafić "Ljeto i maline"

At Kvalifikacija za Millstreet[edit]

With the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the disintegration of Yugoslavia many newly independent countries were formed who became interested in competing in the Eurovision Song Contest. With this large influx of countries the European Broadcasting Union were forced to create a new measure to counter overcrowding in the contest. For the 1993 Contest the EBU decided to hold a one-off contest to select three countries to join the twenty-two countries already competing in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (Qualification for Millstreet) contest was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 3 April at the TV studios of Slovene broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO). Seven countries in total competed, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, for a place in the final on 15 May 1993. Fazla performed first, preceding Croatia. The band received 52 points, placing 2nd, qualifying to the Eurovision Song Contest final alongside Slovenia and Croatia.

At Eurovision[edit]

Fazla performed 18th at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993 in Millstreet, Ireland, following Finland and preceding the United Kingdom. The group received 27 points, receiving the maximum 12 points from Turkey, placing 16th of the 25 competing countries.

Warm applause rang throughout the hall during the voting when the Bosnian votes were announced in the midst of the war in the country.

Points Awarded by Bosnia and Herzegovina[5][edit]

12 points  Austria
10 points  Netherlands
8 points  Ireland
7 points  Norway
6 points  Spain
5 points  Denmark
4 points  Malta
3 points  United Kingdom
2 points  Turkey
1 point  Slovenia

Points awarded to Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Points Awarded to Bosnia and Herzegovina (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eurovision Trivia: Did you know..." BBC News. 2005-05-06. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (2007-09-28). "Interview with Extra Nena". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ Deniz, Jose Miguel Galvan (2005-03-14). "Eurovision shows political side". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  4. ^ Lyrics of "Sva bol svijeta" Diggiloo Thrush
  5. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 1993

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