THE STORY BEHIND BHRT’S WITHDRAWAL
Sources from Bosnian broadcaster BHRTV, who wished to remain anonymous, have revealed the truth behind the country’s decision not to take part in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. It all comes down to personal backstabbing within the BHRTV management board and has less to do with official financial reasons.
Furthermore, Dejan Kukrić, who has been Bosnia’s head of delegation for years, was replaced last February after he voiced his dissatisfaction with the way the 2012 Bosnian Eurovision representative was chosen. In addition, it was found that contrary to state law, BHRTV spent millions on its participations in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1993. The country has participated in every Eurovision since, with the exception of 1998 and 2000 due to low qualification scores. Since the introduction of the semi final in 2004, it has qualified for the final every year. However, the country will not take part in the contest in 2013. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s best result was in 2006, when Hari Mata Hari came 3rd with the song “Lejla”.