Bosnia and Herzegovina, a small nation with a glorious history at Eurovision, did not enter the 2013 contest. But state broadcaster BHRT has revealed that it is “hopeful to return” in 2014.
The nation debuted in 1993, when officials introduced the semi-finals. Alongside Greece, Russia, Romania and Ukraine, they are one of the few nations that have had a 100% success rate of passing through the semis (this is where all that glory comes in). The nation has not yet won the contest, though.
After a finish outside the top ten in 2012, and after feeling the chill of the financial crisis, Bosnia and Herzegovina decided it best not to enter Eurovision 2013. (The Wiwi Jury is still kind of scarred by Maya Sar).
Although not yet confirmed, BHRT are adamant to return to the contest. Expect a confirmation to be made in the coming months.
There is a silver lining to their recent absence: Perhaps they’ve saved up some cash and will have an extra big wind machine in 2014!
Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved their best finish in 2006, finishing 3rd with Hari Mata Hari and the song “Lejla“.
Apart from 1998, 2000 and 2013—years they did not participate in the contest for various reasons—Bosnia have always qualified for the final. Do you think they’ll qualify in 2014? Let us know in the comments box below!
Photo: Hari Mata Hari