Despite a new funding source, Bosnia & Herzegovina looks unlikely to make a return to the Eurovision Song Contest next year in Lisbon, Portugal.
BHRT has confirmed that they are unlikely compete in next years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The broadcaster ruled out a return due to long running financial difficulties, which in recent years has seen the broadcaster almost shut down due to large levels of debt.
In the past weeks BHRT has secured a deal with Elektroprivredom BiH which will see a limited area of the country start paying for their licence fee via their electricity bills. However large areas of the country will continue not to pay their licence fee.
Lejla A. Babović the Head of Delegation is hopeful that the collection of the licence fee in the long-term will help the broadcaster. However that it is unlikely that the broadcaster will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. A final decision will be taken by the Bosnian national broadcaster by September 15, which is the deadline for countries to submit the initial paperwork to take part in the contest.
To date two countries have ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. Andorra who last competed in 2009 and Luxembourg who last competed in 1993, have both stated that they will not be taking part in next years contest in Portugal.
Source: Radio Sarajevo
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Bosnia & Herzegovina debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, at the time the country was at war with Yugoslavia, with the singers having to leave Sarajevo under the cover of darkness to make it to Millstreet, Ireland. The countries best result in the Eurovision Song Contest came in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari made it to the final in Athens and finished 3rd with 229 points, the country received eight sets of 12 points, more than any other country. Bosnia last participated in 2016 where Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala finished 11th in their semi final and failed to reach the final.