After a two year absence from Eurovision, a Bosnia and Herzegovina comeback was starting to seem possible. But in spite of an extended application deadline from the EBU, and rumours that stars such as Hari Mata and Regina could represent them, the country’s national broadcaster has today confirmed that they will not return to the contest.
BHRT published the following statement on their website:
Given the very difficult financial situation within BHRT, and a drastic drop in license fee collection, we have withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be organized next year in Austria.
As announced, the only way for the participation of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Eurovision Song Contest was to find the necessary sponsorship funds, BHRT failed in the necessary time to find this type of financial support.
Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Vienna from 19 to 23 May next year, without the representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The broadcaster pulled a similar stunt last year, when they also made a preliminary application to participate only to subsequently withdraw. The former Yugoslav republic last participated in 2012, when Maya Sar performed their swan song.
Can y’all cope with this disaster?