BHRT, the state broadcaster of Bosnia & Herzegovina, has officially confirmed that it will not #JoinUs in Copenhagen for Eurovision 2014.

In a statement, BHRT said that it was unable to create a successful “financial structure for a self-financing plan.”

Long story short: they ain’t got no money honey. Interestingly, a private network in Bosnia does, and it will be fielding a contestant for Turkeyvision. This is a major coup for the private networks. For years they have wanted to buy the rights to broadcast Eurovision, which BHRT rejected. With Turkeyvision as the viewers’ only option, the private networks have won.

We were holding our breath and hoping that BHRT might send Lukijan Ivanovic, the Bosnian who is currently competing on X Factor Adria. Alas.

Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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Deven O'Kearney
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I have noticed that there are very few Yugoslav countries left in the contest. All of them took part in 2012 and now only FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Slovenia remain. But as much as this is bad, it can be a good thing too. the less Eastern European countries that take part, the better the chance a country like France or Spain to win.

PS: I really hope that the Yugoslav countries return and that Kosovo join the party next year.

Deven O'Kearney
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These are the countries I want to see either debut or return in 2015: 1) Bosnia Herzegovina 2) Bulgaria 3) Croatia 4) Kazakhstan 5) Kosovo 6) Serbia 7) Scotland But most of all, I want to see Bosnia Herzegovina return in 2015. I really find their entries very entertaining. My favourite entry ever from BH is Laka in 2008. I thought he was very funny and weird in a good way. I loved him acting as spokesperson in 2012. He looked like something out of Shrek. ”Thank you for the wonderful show, wonderful ladies, wonderful guys, beautiful grandmothers. The only… Read more »

Arianna
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Turkvizyon was probably cheap af though 😀 Sad news though 🙁

Almanakut Brasil
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2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Roo
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Roo

I think this is a shame and the EBU seriously needs to look into the costs of entering, participating and hosting the Eurovision song contest. If it doesn’t we could see the decline of the contest that is something that brings so much joy to all of us here and many other people.

beccaboo1212
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Slavi
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Slavi

Hmmm, puhlease. This Bloc Voting crap has been discussed a billion times… It’s so 2007, it’s not even funny any more.
Bosnia’s voting record reflects what the juries think, and sorry that our neighbouring countries send famous singers so people would vote for them. You think if the UK sent Adele with a shoddy song, she wouldn’t win? Gurl, puhlease. Of course she would. It’s Adele. Everyone would vote for her, cause they know/like/love her.

Alex
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Alex

Such a bad news. At least there isn’t going to be too much block voting next year.

Spirous
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Spirous

Sad for Bosnia and Herzegovina.. One of my faves in the recent years.. And for Serbia too.. I hope Greece and Slovenia make it so we could have like 37 countries..

Petar
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Petar

The ESC won’t be the same… I’m sad. :/

Charles
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Charles

Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia out .. and God knows about Slovenia … anyway it’s one less powerful bloc voting I don’t have to witness next year. No matter how good their entries could be (which I always doubt) their voting would not reflect that nor their honest appreciation for what everyone else is bringing to the table. I still dream the day something like this will happen to all the “soviet bloc” countries just for the fun of it. 🙂