BHRT, the national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina, has ruled out returning to Eurovision Young Musicians in 2018.
Lejla Babovic, Head of International Affairs at BHRT, has confirmed that due to financial difficulties Bosnia & Herzegovina will not be returning to Eurovision Young Musicians in 2018. Bosnia and Herzegovina made their debut in Eurovision Young Musicians in 2012 represented by Naomi Druškić. Naomi was internally selected by the national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Foundation for Musical Art in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The young pianist performed in the first semi-final of the contest in Vienna, Austria but failed to make it through to the final. She was beaten to a place in the final by the performers from Armenia, Austria and the Czech Republic. Bosnia & Herzegovina has failed to participate since due to financial difficulties. BHRT has also ruled out a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, which is to be held in the United Kingdom in August 2018:
- Norway – NRK
- Poland – TVP
- Sweden – SVT
- United Kingdom – Host country
Hungary has expressed an interest in participating in next years contest, but has yet to formally decide on whether they will take to the stage again. In contrast Bosnia & Herzegovina has ruled out a return to the contest due to financial difficulties at the national broadcaster.
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Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.