At Eurovision 2011 Bosnian music legend Dino Merlin took the stage with the rompus little number “Love in Rewind.” He achieved Bosnia & Herzegovina’s second-best placing in its 18-year history at the contest. But just one year later — following the 2012 contest — the broadcaster forgot the euphoria of success. They withdrew from ESC and haven’t come back since.
Bosnia’s broadcaster BHRT has said there simply aren’t the funds to compete. Now Dino has spoken up, saying you don’t need deep pockets to make a fantastic turn on the Eurovision stage. “I think you should go out there only when you have a performance, it does not have to be expensive, it can be solid,” he said in a recent interview with N1. “You do not have to go all out just to be involved.”
Well sir, we couldn’t agree with you more! Minimalism is back in fashion (hello Loreen) and the days of Eurovision-as-fireworks-competition are over. You’ll remember that even in 2011 Dino’s act wasn’t over-the-top.
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s money crunch
The argument that Bosnia & Herzegovina can’t afford the contest is a curious one in light of participation from countries like Greece, whose debts are far deeper. In any event, the chances of Bosnian participation in 2016 don’t look good as the EBU has declared the country’s broadcaster BHRT is “close to collapse.”
But the will is still there: BHRT sent an initial application to participate in 2014 and 2015, despite withdrawing before the deadline on both occasions because it could not find private financial support. Maybe with some big names speaking up about Bosnia’s place in the contest, the country can attract the funds? We would love to see super camp disco numbers and disturbed men jumping out of laundry baskets again. Pleeeease!
In our recent Wednesday wishlist, Mario put forward the proposal of X Factor Adria contestant Magdalena Bogic. If Bosnia & Herzegovina returned, would you like to see Magda on the stage?