Bosnia&Herzegovina: Song presentation

by Laura Gudim 31 views

Tonight on a special show on BH channel 1 called BH Eurosong Show, the country's Eurovision Song Contest entry was officially presented.

The show, which lasted for 2 hours and 30 minutes, began with the country's representative, 19-year-old Marija Šestić, singing the 1995 Eurovision winner Nocturne by Secret Garden. The public were then introduced to her father, who wrote the country's national anthem, her mother, sister and dress designer. After the backing singers were presented, Marija sang Hold me now and Waterloo, as well as a song with Serbian singer Aleksandra Radović.

After all this, a short video clip of Lordi and Dima Bilan was shown, followed by Lejla, the country's 2006 entry by Hari Mata Hari. The impression given was that it was a recording from Athens, but Hari and his band were actually in the hall!

The composer of last year's entry, Serbia's �eljko Joksimović, was shown on a video screen thanking Hari for last year's success and wishing Marija the best of luck in Finland. Then we were presented with the songwriters and the practising of the string orchestra.

Guests were this year's representatives from Slovenia, Belarus and FYR Macedonia, and surprise guests were Croatian stars Petar Grašo and Danijela Martinović, composer and performer of Neka me ne svane, Croatia's 1998 Eurovision Song Contest entry.

Then Marija's song Rijeka bez imena (River without a name) was performed, a slow, sad ballad, which suited Marija's strong voice. The preparations and then the videoclip were then shown. It is filmed in Brčko on the river Sava.

At the very end, Hari Varešanović, last year's representative came on and presented Marija with the trophy. He advised her to give all her heart and do her best for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Marija then performed her song in English for the first time.

You can listen to the song HERE.

Thanks to Hari's third place in Athens, Marija will go directly to the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest on 12th May in Helsinki.

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