BHRT the national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The national broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina has confirmed to Eurovoix that they will not be broadcasting this years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. BHRT is currently in severe financial difficulties and has been on the verge of closing for a number of years.
Following the countries withdrawal from the contest in 2013, BHRT opted to broadcast all three shows of the contest in Malmo live. However since 2013 in all of the years that they have opted not to participate, the national broadcaster has not broadcast the contest.
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”.
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.