Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest

Bosnia and Herzegovina
Member station Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 19 (18 finals)
First appearance 1993
Last appearance 2016
Best result 3rd: 2006
Worst result 11th SF: 2016
External links
BHRT page
Bosnia and Herzegovina's page at
For the most recent participation see
Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times since making its debut in 1993, after coming second in the qualification round "Kvalifikacija za Millstreet". Prior to 1993, Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari finished third with the song "Lejla". This remains the country's only top five result in the contest.The country also reached the top ten two times with Dino Merlin 1999 (7th) & 2011 (6th) and 2004 with Deen and in 2009 with Regina both finishing Ninten.Last time was in 2008 with Laka was tenth. Bosnia and Herzegovina returned to the contest for the first time since 2012 at the 2016 contest, where they failed to advance from the semi-finals for the first time. They then withdrew once again from the contest.


Low average scores meant Bosnia and Herzegovina did not qualify for the contests in 1998 and 2000, and the country did not participate at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö for financial reasons. The national broadcaster had stated that it hoped to return to the contest in 2014,[1] and on 18 November 2013 it submitted a preliminary application to compete in the 2014 contest,[2] but on 18 December 2013 it was revealed that Bosnia & Herzegovina would not be returning for 2014.[3]

On 9 September 2014, BHRT announced that they had submitted an application to the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria.[4] On 30 October 2014, it was announced by an official BHRT press release that participation was still in jeopardy due to the financial difficulties. EBU granted them a deadline extension until 14 November 2014 to make a final decision regarding their participation.[5] On 17 November 2014, BHRT announced that they would not be competing in the 2015 Contest, having not secured the necessary funds to finance their participation.[6] On 24 November 2015 BHRT announced that they would return to the contest in 2016.[7]

On 29 September 2016, BHRT announced once again its withdrawal from the competition in 2017, due to the difficult financial situation that the national broadcaster is currently facing.[8]


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 Fazla Bosnian "Sva bol svijeta" 16 27 2 52
1994 Alma Čardžić & Dejan Lazarević Bosnian "Ostani kraj mene" 15 39 No semi-finals
1995 Davorin Popović Bosnian "Dvadeset prvi vijek" 19 14
1996 Amila Glamočak Bosnian "Za našu ljubav" 22 13 21 29
1997 Alma Čardžić Bosnian "Goodbye" 18 22 No semi-finals
1998 Did not participate
1999 Dino & Beatrice Bosnian, French "Putnici" 7 86
2000 Did not participate
2001 Nino Pršeš Bosnian, English "Hano" 14 29
2002 Maja Serbian "Na jastuku za dvoje" (На јастуку за двоје) 13 33
2003 Mija Martina Croatian, English "Ne brini" 16 27
2004 Deen English "In the Disco" 9 91 7 133
2005 Feminnem English "Call Me" 14 79 Top 12 Previous Year
2006 Hari Mata Hari Bosnian "Lejla" 3 229 2 267
2007 Marija Šestić Serbian "Rijeka bez imena" (Ријека без имена) 11 106 Top 10 Previous Year
2008 Laka Bosnian "Pokušaj" 10 110 9 72
2009 Regina Bosnian "Bistra voda" 9 106 3 125
2010 Vukašin Brajić English "Thunder and Lightning" 17 51 8 59
2011 Dino Merlin English, Bosnian "Love in Rewind" 6 125 5 109
2012 Maya Sar Bosnian "Korake ti znam" 18 55 6 77
Did not participate between 2013 and 2015
2016 Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala Bosnian "Ljubav je" Failed to qualify 11 104
Did not participate between 2017 to present

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004–2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history

As of 2016, Bosnia and Herzegovina's voting history is as follows:

Marcel Bezençon Awards

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2006 "Lejla" Željko Joksimović (m), Fahrudin Pecikoza (l)
and Dejan Ivanović (l)
Hari Mata Hari 3rd 229 Athens
2009 "Bistra voda" Aleksandar Čović (m & l) Regina 9th 106 Moscow

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
1993Ismeta Dervoz-KrvavacSenad Hadžifejzović
1994Diana Grković-Foretić
1996Suad BejtovićSegmedina Srna
1997Diana Grković-Foretić
1998Ismeta Dervoz-KrvavacBosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
1999Segmedina Srna
2000Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
2001Segmedina Srna
2003Dejan KukrićAna Vilenica
2004Mija Martina
2005Ana Mirjana Račanović
2006Vesna Andree-Zaimović
2008Melina Garibović
2010Ivana Vidmar
2013Bosnia and Herzegovina did not participate
2014No broadcast
2016Dejan KukrićIvana Crnogorac
2017No broadcastBosnia and Herzegovina did not participate


All conductors are Bosnian except with a flag.

  • Esad Arnautalić (1993 pre-selection)
  • Noel Kelehan (1993 final)
  • Sinan Alimanović (1994–1997)[9]

See also


  1. Jiandani, Sanjay (14 December 2012). "Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be in Malmö". ESCToday. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  2. Jiandani, Sanjay (18 November 2013). "Bosnia Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  3. Jiandani, Sanjay (19 December 2013). "Eurovision 2014: Bosnia & Herzegovina will not compete in Copenhagen". ESCToday. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  4. Jiandani, Sanjay (9 September 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  5. Jiandani, Sanjay (31 October 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: Participation in Vienna uncertain; deadline extended". ESCToday. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. Jiandani, Sanjay (17 November 2014). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not return to Eurovision in 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  7. Jiandani, Sanjay (24 November 2015). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT confirms participation in Eurovision 2016". ESCToday. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  8. Jiandani, Sanjay (29 September 2016). "Bosnia & Herzegovina: BHRT will not participate in Eurovision 2017". ESCToday. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
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