Bosnia and Herzegovina will not be participating at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, to be held next year in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The main reason that has stopped BHRT from joining the competition is that it hasn’t found a way to pay the fee. Lejla Babović, project coordinator of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Eurovision, admitted that the country is not registered for participation in the upcoming edition for economic reasons. It appears that the deadline for applications was September 15th, and BHRT decided not to apply given the lack of funds they are facing at the moment.
“We did not sign up. By the end of November a list of participating countries will be released and by then we could do something. We are always pushing a deadline. However, seeing this situation, it’s unlikely that the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Parliament will make any decision in October regarding the collection of the funds” said Babović.
The truth is that BHRT has been going through serious economic issues in the last years due to its lack of a stable source of funding. This is the same reason that has kept the country away from the competition in recent years.
“We won’t have anything on our screens because the prices are soaring,” added the project coordinator of the country at Eurovision.
This year Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by Dalal, Deen, Jala, and Ana Rucner who performed the song ‘Ljubav Je’, which gave the country it’s first ever non-qualification.