Bosnia & Herzegovina: Regina to Vienna?

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Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz reports today that the 2009 Bosnian Eurovision representatives Regina have been invited by BHRT, the Bosnian national broadcaster to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

The Bosnian newspaper goes on to report that initial talks between the 2006 Bosnian Eurovision representative Hari Mata Hari and the Bosnian broadcaster regarding his potential particiapation at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest have failed. Hereafter according to Dnevni Avaz  the Bosnian broadcaster has approached Bosnian band Regina to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina in Vienna.

It’s true and we are interested. We have an open invitation from the national broadcaster, but we still haven’t set the financial aspect of it yet. It has been left to us to produce a song, and if it’s going to be as good as ‘Bistra voda’, I don’t think we’ll have any problems with them (BHRT). They didn’t ask us for any money as they did Hari Mata Hari. It’s one thing to support the project, but paying for everything is totally absurd- Aleksandar Covic lead singer of Regina told Dnevni Avaz.

Regina represented Bosnia & Herzgovina at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow with their entry Bistra voda, achieving a 9th place in the grand final.

This alleged news regading Regina flying the Bosnian flag in Vienna has not been confirmed by the Bosnian broadcaster as the country’s participation in Vienna is yet uncertain due to financial hurdles.

BHRT had submitted a preliminary application to the EBU last September for competing at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Hereafter the broadcaster was given a special extension by the EBU to resolve the financial issues afflicting the broadcaster until 14 November, which concludes today.

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.

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.

Stay tuned to ESCToday.com for the latest news on Bosnia & Herzegovina the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

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