Bosnia & Herzegovina, the country that gave us Eurovision greats like Dino Merlin and Maya Sar, is unlikely to return to Eurovision in Austria this year. Long story short: they ain’t got no money, honey.
The ongoing financial crisis, which caused their withdrawal from Malmö and Copenhagen, doesn’t appear to be letting up. The AFP reports that recent floods have exacted around $2.7 billion worth of damage, which is equivalent to 15% of Bosnia’s GDP. When you’re trying to help people rebuild their lives, rebuilding your Eurovision programme seems a bit excessive…
The current tax regime doesn’t help. Bosnia & Herzegovina has one of the lowest TV license fees in Europe—just four euros for the year. According to Teve.ba, the government does a rather poor job collecting it. It’s no wonder that in a cash-strapped nation suffering from the chill of recession people are keeping their money to themselves.
But even with the rumours swirling, BHRT refuses to rule out a return. Our friends at ESCUnited report that the debate about Bosnia & Herzegovina’s questioned participation will take place after the FIFA World Cup.
Bosnia & Herzegovina last participated in 2012 with the song Korake Ti Znam by Maya Sar. You can see her performance below.
So where do you stand? Will you feel a void if Bosnia & Herzegovina doen’t return to Eurovision? Do you still hope for their return? Let us know.