Eurovision 2020

No Bosnia & Herzegovina in Eurovision 2020

The cash strapped national broadcaster sadly confirms their continued absence from Eurovision.

The Balkan nation’s broadcaster confirmed yesterday to ESCToday that 2020 will mark the fourth consecutive year that Bosnia & Herzegovina will not participate in Eurovision.

Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BHRT, confirmed yesterday that they will not send an entry to Eurovision 2020 in The Netherlands.

BHRT told ESCToday that it remains under EBU sanctions thanks to its outstanding large debt it still owes to the Union, and that in cannot compete again in the song contest until it respects this debt.

Financial woes

Coupled with this, financial woes have plagued the national broadcaster in recent years. In June 2016, the cash strapped broadcaster temporarily suspended all programmes due to serious financial issues.

Even though BHRT still remains an operating entity, financing problems remain a severe issue for the broadcaster. This makes a return to Eurovision in the near future seem unlikely.

Bosnia & Herzegovina at Eurovision

Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala - Ljubav Je (Bosnia & Herzegovina) Live at SF1Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala – Ljubav Je (Bosnia & Herzegovina) Live at SF1
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recent entry came in 2016.

The last time the Heart-Shaped Land competed in Eurovision was in Stockholm in 2016, when Dalal & Deen placed 11th in Semi-final 1 with their song ‘Ljubav je’. The duo were agonisingly only one place and 29 points off from a converted place in the Grand Final.

Since it’s first entry in 1993, Bosnia & Herzegovina have participated a total of 19 times at Eurovision. Their highest placed finish came in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari came third with their song ‘Lejla’. While the country’s lowest finish came in 1996 when Amila Glamoฤa came second bottom with her song ‘Za naลกu ljubav’.

Never nice to see a country sadly forced to miss the song contest, I’m sure Eurovision fans everywhere will be hoping that BHRT can soon rectify their financial troubles and we will see the nation once again compete on the Eurovision stage.

Alexi Demetriadi

My name is Alexi and I'm a UCL graduate studying for a MSc at the University of Edinburgh! A fanatic of the Eurovision Song Contest, I did my undergraduate thesis on the show. A freelance journalist, my writing tends to focus on human rights and current affairs, and now, Eurovision!

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