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Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

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
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'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 very unlikely.[9]


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 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[a]
2006 Hari Mata Hari Bosnian "Lejla" 3 229 2 267
2007 Marija Šestić Serbian "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) 11 106 Top 10 Previous Year[a]
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 Bosnian "Love in Rewind" 6 125 5 109
2012 Maya Sar Bosnian "Korake ti znam" 18 55 6 77
Did not participate from 2013 to 2015
2016 Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala Bosnian "Ljubav je" Failed to qualify 11 104
Did not participate from 2017 to 2020

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.

Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit

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 spokespersonsEdit

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson Spokesperson Background
1993 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Dejan Zagorac Spokesperson did not present visually until 1994
1994 Diana Grković-Foretić Vijećnica, Sarajevo
1995 BHRT Studios, Sarajevo
1996 Suad Bejtović Segmedina Srna
1997 Diana Grković-Foretić Sarajevo Skyline
1998 Ismeta Dervoz-Krvavac Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
1999 Segmedina Srna Sarajevo Skyline
2000 Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
2001 Segmedina Srna A street in Sarajevo
2002 BHRT Studios, Sarajevo
2003 Dejan Kukrić Ana Vilenica Sarajevo Skyline
2004 Mija Martina
2005 Ana Mirjana Račanović
2006 Vesna Andree-Zaimović
2007 Vijećnica, Sarajevo
2008 Melina Garibović Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo
2009 Laka BHRT Studios, Sarajevo
2010 Ivana Vidmar Sarajevo Skyline
2012 Laka Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo
2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
2014 No broadcast
2016 Dejan Kukrić Ivana Crnogorac Vijećnica, Sarajevo
2017-2020 No broadcast Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate


All conductors are Bosnian except with a flag.

  • Esad Arnautalić (1993 pre-selection)
  •   Noel Kelehan (1993 final)
  • Sinan Alimanović (1994–1997)[10]


See alsoEdit


  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. ^

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