With barbed wire and aluminium foil, Bosnia & Herzegovina are serving the most metallic performance of Eurovision 2016. Deen & Dalal and Ana Rucner & Jala all played their parts well as they performed “Ljubav Je”, delivering a memorable — if totally bonkers — performance.

The stage begins quite dark and mysterious, oozing maleficence as Deen and Dalal feel separation through a giant wall of barbed wire. And just as you think the stage doesn’t need any more metal, the camera pans across to Ana Rucner, who plays her cello  while dressed in a metallic foil cape. The cape wrapped around her gives the illusion of a rotisserie chicken, which suits Ana well as she serves up some breast and thigh in a little black dress.

But wait, there’s more! Jala then jumps into the picture with his aggressive Bosnian rap. Producers seem to have turned the volume up on Ana during this segment, which helps drown Jala out and make the rap section more bearable. The LED wall along the back is drenched in blue, creating a magical mood as Deen and Dalal dramatically belt out the final chorus.

Overall, the performance is bringing power and energy in a way that only Bosnia and Herzegovina can.

The Balkan Eurovision powerhouse have returned to this years contest and have maintained a 100% qualification strike rate from the semi finals to the grand final. Do we think they can continue that trend in 2016?

Bosnia and Herzegovina: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina: First press conference 2016

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Interview in Stockholm

Dalal, Deen, Ana & Jala’s “Ljubav Je”: Reviews and Reactions

Read all of our Eurovision rehearsal reviews

Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)

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karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
5 years ago

Russia is my favourite in first semi final but Bosnia and Herzegovina is second:) This song is original and catchy:)

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

I was one of the few who always LOVED this song and I can see this climbing even higher in my top, as I love everything about this. Although I agree that the barbed wire tends to look cheap at the moment, I can imagine this coming across better on TV with the right angles.
Furthermore, their vocals were on point.

Bosnia and Herzegovina could actually overtake Russia and Estonia as my favorite of this semi.

Gerd
Gerd
5 years ago

I think the performance should finish with Deen picking up a shear and start cutting those wires apart. Beautiful fairytale ending. HAHA

Cheap as a tent.

Jeremsback
Jeremsback
5 years ago

@Stan, this is the very first thing I thought when I saw the picture, so How the person who organized it didn’t see it was so cheap !

I don’t think expensive staging is needed (Russia tooo tooo much for me), but if they have it, better not to put anything !

Olga...(the one from Latvia)
Olga...(the one from Latvia)
5 years ago

I like their staging. With right camera angles it will look amazing.

Chokra
Chokra
5 years ago

Man, this is a hot mess just as I expected. Doubt it will qualify.

I still praise the violinist’s boobs.

Rijad
Rijad
5 years ago

Thank you so much for the positive reaction, GO BOSNIA!!!!

PP
PP
5 years ago

My prediction after I rehearsals for TOP 10 1.Armenia 2.Russia thanks to televote 3.Malta thanks to juries 4.Cyprus thanks to televote 5.The Netherlands thanks to juries 6.Estonia thanks to juries 7.Greece thanks to televote 8.Hungary 9.Azerbaijan thanks to juries and televote in some countries 10.Czech Republic thanks to televote 11.Bosnia Herzegovina 12.Croatia thanks to televote they will be out 13.Moldova 14.Iceland thanks to juries they will be out 15.Montenegro thanks to televote they wili be on 15 place with juries in bottom 2 16.Finland 17.Austria thanks to juries 18.San Marino thanks to juries Other countries will get in my prediction… Read more »

Skandar
Skandar
5 years ago

@Eurovisionnnn Is it confirmed? The refugee theme? I have not found any reference in video clips. Showing interiors and exteriors of castles, fancy houses with well dressed singers…I do not know.

Eurovisionnnn
Eurovisionnnn
5 years ago

Amazing message (the barbed wire refers to the refugee crisis). Good staging, so BOSNIA FOR THE WIN!

Stan
Stan
5 years ago

@Jeremsback I LOLed with your comment. 😀

This is a quick and not elaborated idea. Really, what are scenographists thinking about these days? Do they get paid for this cheap stuff?

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@Homerflop

Don’t ever again address me and don’t copy my words, little trash! Leave me alone!

@Kane

What’s your problem? As I have said before, if you don’t want to read our comments then simply DON’T READ THEM!!!

Skandar
Skandar
5 years ago

Maybe barbed wires refer to refugee crisis. I hope I am wrong cause their first video was shot in a fancy castle type building, in second video they used a simple gate between Dalal and Deen.

Kane
Kane
5 years ago

Oh look, the two queens george and nicky are STILL having private conversations in the comments section

seriously, add each other on Facebook as this is pathetic.

Homer
Homer
5 years ago

georgekirkas,

Don’t cry, darling…

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@Homerflop

Your mean comment shows what kind of person you are…

Skandar
Skandar
5 years ago

I do not really like Deen’s finicking suggestions and performance. But I have to admit that is a real eurovision style. It remembers me for ‘I want to be very serious but looking ridicolous’ type of songs from early 2000’s.

Jeremsback
Jeremsback
5 years ago

Do they know two meter behind and in front of this barbed wire they are free to hug them ? I can understand this is a symbol, but it appear so cheap for me.

Better not to put anything than that.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@georgekirkas

alright, i want to chat now with you over there 🙂

Homer
Homer
5 years ago

nikki,

Because it’s rock and it may hurt some stupid eurofans of wiwiflops. Sad right?

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
5 years ago

I’m sorry, this needs to stay in the semi, regardless of their staging… It’s just my personal opinion, of course, but this song is the only one that I actually dislike in the whole competition

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

Bosnia qualified with lesser songs in the past. so this should have no problems passing through

nikki
nikki
5 years ago

@georgekirkas It was really good, one of the best today alongside Chzec Republic… I can’t wait for Malta too.

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@Nicky91

You told me to visit the forum in order to continue our conversation, but you haven’t posted anything.

Nicky91
Nicky91
5 years ago

@georgekirkas

wow Ira, in a coat with projections, sounds like a nice idea 🙂

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
5 years ago

@nikki

Don’t cry, darling…

nikki
nikki
5 years ago

Why didn’t you cover Montenegro’s rehearsal??? It was awesome…