We all know that Bosnia and Herzegovina is in a financial mess. They failed to finalize their Eurovision participation by October 31, but the EBU extended deadline. Bosnia and Herzegovina has until November 14 — Friday — to finalize details of their participation. Yet some details have already come out in national media. As we previously reported, BHRT – the broadcaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina – wants Hari Mata Hari, the band who represented them at Eurovision 2006, to return.
Interestingly, lead singer Hajrudin Varesanovic claims that he doesn’t want the band to be the broadcaster’s first choice. You wouldn’t expect to hear that from the group that still retains the country’s best-ever finish. But he has another candidate up his sleeve. He wrote a song for Mirza Selimovic, the winner of the music show Zvijezde Granda, with Eurovision in mind. Hari told Svet Plus newspaper that they approached BHRT, but the network rejected Mirza and wanted Hari Mata Hari instead. Here’s what he said:
“I have with Mirza and Grand a complex system of partnerships, financing, everything. Suddenly, on the station, they said they want me to sing. Behind me, there is no one, and I have seven days to make the system, and BHRT doesn’t even have money to pay. That’s not a problem, but they could give me a year to get ready, not just a week….I’m an experienced man, I’ve made a lot in my career with what I had. I do not need Eurovision.”
In Croatia, 24 sata newspaper claims that Hari Mata Hari already signed the contract with BHRT, and is currently looking for sponsors to help him raise 170,000 kunas (around 22,200 euros) to pay for his performance in Vienna.
So, are you team Hari Mata Hari or team Mirza? Listen to their music below and then sound off in our comments section.
HARI MATA HARI