BHRT the Bosnian national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Bosnia & Herzegovina has not withdrawn its application to participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vinna, next year after initially submitting a preliminary application to the EBU last month.
BHRT had submitted a preliminary application to the EBU last month for competing at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Esctoday has learned today that BHRT has not withdrawn its application and intends to participate in Vienna. The Bosnian broadcaster is working very hard towards making its Eurovision participation in Vienna possible, and is yet to find a feasible option in order to finance its participation in the contest and gather the required funds for the project. Hence this aspect will be play a decisive role in seeing a Bosnian participation in Vienna. Therefore BHRT has to resolve the financing and funding of the project in order to be present in Vienna.
Countries wishing to participate at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest had to submit their applications to the EBU by 15 September and had a grace period until today 10 October to proceed with their participation or withdraw their application without a financial penalty.
Bosnia Herzegovina withdrew from the contest in 2013 due to financial reasons and applied to participate in 2014 but decided to opt out of the competition for a 2nd year in a row due to lack of funds and sponsors.
It is more than likely that BHRT and Bosnia & Herzegovina will opt for an internal selection to select the 2015 Eurovision entry and representative as has been the case in recent years. More information and details regarding the 2015 Bosnian Eurovision project will be released in due course.
The last time saw Bosnia & Herzegovina on the Eurovision stage was in 2012 in Baku, when Maya Sar represented the country with her entry Korake Ti Znam.
Bosnia & Herzegovina debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with Fazla‘s Sval Bol Svijeta. The country is yet to win the event whilst its best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari achieved a 3rd placing with his entry Lejla.
The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21, 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle, in Vienna.