Bosnia & Herzegovina: Hari Mata Hari to Vienna?

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 1,324 views

Will Hari Mata Hari represent Bosnia & Herzegovina in Vienna? It seems that Bosnia & Herzegovina is all set to return to the contest next year after a year absence.

Bosnian newspaper Dnevni Avaz reports that BHRT  has selected  Hari Mata Hari to fly the Bosnian flag in Vienna.  The newspaper goes on to report that the Bosnian broadcaster is searching for a composer for its pontential 2015 Eurovision entry and has got into touch with several well known composers in the Balkan countries:  Željko Joksimović (Serbia Montenegro 2004, Serbia 2012, Serbia 2008 composer, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2006 composer), Goran Bregovic (Serbia 2010 composer) and Fahrudin Pecikoza Peca and Tonči Huljić.

ESCToday decided to contact BHRT in order to confirm this news and throw more light into the matter. The Bosnian broadcaster told ESCToday that it will make an announcement regarding its plans for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna and the 2015 Bosnian Eurovision project on Friday 31 October. Hence the broadcaster did not deny or confirm this news.

BHRT released a statement earlier today on its official website stating that a public announcement will be released next week informing the Bosnian public about the possible  Bosnian Eurovision  2015 participation and the 2015 BH Eurosong project.

Earlier this month BHRT had confirmed to ESCToday that Bosnia & Herzegovina had not withdrawn its application to participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, next year after initially submitting a preliminary application to the EBU last month.

Hari Mata Hari represented Bosnia & Herzegovina at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens with his entry Lejla, which was composed and produced by none other than Željko Joksimović. He holds the country’s best results in the contest having placed 3rd in 2006. It will be his 2nd Eurovision participation if he is to compete next yearr.

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.

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