Balkan down: Dalal suggests Bosnia & Herzegovina won’t compete at Eurovision 2018


If superstition is to be believed, many say Bosnia & Herzegovina could be the winners of Eurovision 2018. Unfortunately, it looks like they won’t even be there in the first place. Former representative Dalal has hinted on Instagram that the country will not be making its return in Lisbon.

Dalal responded to our recent article about possible winners via her Instagram story. Over a picture of the article, Dalal simply writes: “Too bad we don’t have representatives in 2018”.

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There’s no official confirmation as to whether Bosnia is in or out just yet. A return would be unlikely, though — and it all comes down to money. Bosnia did not participate in 2014 or 2015 due to national broadcaster BHRT’s poor financial status.

In a wiwibloggs interview with Dalal, Deen and Ana Rucner — 3/4ths of the country’s 2016 act — the trio cast doubt on any future return.

Deen said: “They didn’t have a lot of money. It’s a very hard situation for the national broadcasting service and because of that, it is very questionable whether there’ll be any Eurovision Song Contest anymore in the future.”

Watch: Ana Rucner, Deen & Dalal discuss Bonsia & Herzegovina’s Eurovision future

Indeed, in September 2016, Bosnia confirmed they would not participate in Kyiv for financial reasons. At the time, head of delegation Lejla Babovic explained:

“In our present situation it would be highly irresponsible to submit an application for competing in such an expensive project as Eurovision Song Contest is, when we at the same time are aware, that we won’t be able to finance our participation.”

The broadcaster struggles to enforce the monthly TV licence, compounding its financial issues. We can hold out hope, but it seems unlikely!

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s best ever result was third place in 2006, with Hari Mata Hari’s “Lejla”. In 2016, Deen, Dalal, Ana Rucner & Jala were the country’s last act to participate. “Ljubav Je” became the country’s first song to fail to make it to the final, finishing 11th in its semi final.

Are you sad to hear the news that Bosnia is looking likely to be out of Eurovision 2018? If they were to compete, who would you like to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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