Hari Varesanovic, lead singer of Hari Mata Hari, who came third at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest for Bosnia and Herzegovina, has admitted that he has sent a song to organisers of the country's national final.
The deadline for submissions was 20th December, and the decision on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s representative in Russia will be made on 12th January, however there has already been much speculation in the national press that Hari will get the ticket to Moscow.
Hari, who achieved the highest ever placing for his country with the song Lejla, told the newspaper Dnevni Avaz: “I have submitted a composition to BHRT and would like to be chosen to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina in Moscow.” He refused to say anything else about the speculation.
According to the newspaper’s sources, the lyricists of Hari’s song would be Fahrudin Pecikoza and Dino Merlin. Fahrudin was one of the lyricists of Lejla, for which the music was written by Zeljko Joksimovic, and Dino represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest together with Beatrice, placing seventh.
It is thought that the song has elements of Bosnian sevdalinka, a genre popular in the Balkan area, about deep love.