Balkan nation Bosnia Herzegovina took a Eurovision hiatus in 2017 with the national broadcaster citing financial restraints as the reason for pulling out. Fans were hoping that this would be a one year thing but in an announcement this week BHRT revealed that they would not be returning to Eurovision for the 2018 edition.
Bosnia Herzegovina were one of the first nations to announce their acts for Eurovision 2016. A full house collaboration will see R&B singer Dalal Midhat-Talakic team up with not only ex boy band singer Fuad Backovic Deen and renowned Croatian cellist Ana Rucner but also hip hop and rap star Jala. Earlier this week it was announced that the song they would sing in Stockholm 2016 would be called ‘Ljubav je’ (or ‘Love Is’ in English).
Bosnia and Herzegovina have the distinct achievement of having qualified for the Eurovision Final every year that they competed since the semi finals were introduced in 2004. Having said that, their average placing is 13th and their best ever result was third which they achieved in 2006 with the song ‘Lejla’ performed by Hari Mata Hari. Bosnia and Herzegovina have been missing from Eurovision in the past few years as they withdrew from the contest in 2013 due to financial reasons, but they are set to return this year.