BHRT, the Bosnian national broadcaster, has today confirmed that Fuad Backović Deen, Dalal Midhat-Talakić and Ana Rucner have been internally selected to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Following yesterday’s announcement that Bosnia & Herzegovina would be making a return to the Eurovision Song Contest after 3-years absence, it was today confirmed by the country’s national broadcaster BHRT that Fuad Backović Deen, Dalal Midhat-Talakić and Ana Rucner will represent Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Fuad Backović Deen, known by his stage name Deen, is not a stranger to the Eurovision stage, having previously represented Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest with his entry In the disco. Deen ended in 9th position at the 2004 contest, receiving a total of 91 points.
Dalal Midhat-Talakić is a singer based in Sarajevo, most known as a member of the Bosnia R&B duo, Erato. Along with fellow member Aida Terzic, the duo has released a total of two albums entitled Backstage and Make up.
Ana Rucner is a Croatian cellist based in Zagreb. Growing up in a family of musicians, Ana has performed at a number of festivals around Croatia with her unique style gaining worldwide recognition.
The 2016 Bosnian representative was revealed during a press conference which was broadcast online earlier this evening via bhrt.ba. Bosnia & Herzegovina’s and Dalal and Deen’s song entry for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be revealed in February.
Bosnia & Herzegovina has competed in the Eurovision Song Contest a total of 18 since their debut in 1993. The country’s best result to date was in 2006 when Hari Mata Hari was selected to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina with their entry Lejla, going on to finish in 3rd place.
The Balkan country’s last participation in the Eurovision Song Contest was in 2012 when Maya Sar was selected to represent Bosnia & Herzegovina in the host city of Baku, Azerbaijan. With her entry Korake ti znam, Maya qualified to the grand final of the competition where she finished in 18th place with a total of 55 points.
BHRT confirmed Bosnia & Herzegovina’s withdrawal from the contest the following year due to financial reasons and has remained absent from the contest ever since. However earlier this week, BHRT confirmed that the country would be making a return to the Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Stockholm, Sweden. This follows a sponsorship deal being signed with the broadcaster.
Bosnia & Herzegovina will compete in one of the two semi-finals on either the 10 or 12 May next year where they will be competing for a place in the grand final on the 14 May 2016. So far, a total of 42 countries have confirmed their participation in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest including fellow returning country, Ukraine.