Bosnia and Herzegovina will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest next year.
BHRT have confirmed today that they will not be participating in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Just last month it was confirmed that their participation was unlikely, and the news today confirms their non-participation in the contest. 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.
— BH EUROSONG (@bheurosong) September 18, 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina last participated at the 2016 contest, in which returning artist Deen represented the country with the song “Ljubav Je” along with Dalal, Ana Rucner and Jala. The group just missed out on qualification chances, ending in 11th place in the semi-final with 104 points. Before 2016, the country took a break between 2013 and 2015. Before then, the country had managed to qualify from the semi-finals every year they participated. To date the best Bosnian entry is from 2006, in which Hari Mata Hari brought home a 3rd place finish with his song “Lejla”.
September 15th marked the deadline in which broadcasters had to submit their paperwork to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. To date there are 34 countries that have confirmed participation, although there’s expected to be more confirmations this week. Returning to the contest is Russia, who withdrew from the 2017 edition of the contest after their entrant Yulia Samoylova was banned from entering host city Ukraine. Australia are also participating for the fourth year since their debut in 2015. Recently, Slovakia had confirmed they will not be returning next year, along with Turkey who has been absent since the 2013 contest.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the 8th, 10th and 12th May next year. The venue has been revealed as the MEO Arena.
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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.