Since the introduction of the Semi-Finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, only four countries have managed to reach every Final of Europe's favourite TV show. One of them is Bosnia & Herzegovina.
The country will try to achieve this once more in the German city of Düsseldorf next May. As with the past years, the competing song is picked in an internal selection organised by the Bosnian broadcaster Radiotelevizija Bosne i Hercegovine (BHRT).
Dino Merlin: "I'm full of ideas"
It is already known that the artist named as the Bosnia & Herzegovina representative for the 56th Eurovision Song Contest is Dino Merlin. He is a popular singer/songwriter in Bosnia & Herzegovina. He is also popular in other countries, such as Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, FYR Macedonia, and Slovenia.
"Several years ago, I avoided the Eurovision Song Contest and suggested artists such as Laka and Regina. Now, I'm in the middle of producing my new album and I'm full of ideas. Thus, it's the time to shape those ideas for the Eurovision Song Contest, and I will do that with maximum energy and hard work," Merlin recently commented his participation.
Dino Merlin has already represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in Europe's favourite TV-show, back in 1999 together with Beatrice with the song Putnici. They finished seventh in Jerusalem, Israel.
Awarded for best composition
Bosnia & Herzegovina are holders of two Marcel Bezençon Composer Awards for the best composition. The country received the award in 2009 for Regina's Bistra Voda and also with Lejla in 2006. Hari Mata Hari brought the latter song to a third place in the Eurovision Song Contest, the country's best ranking to date.
In the Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, Vukašin Brajić finished 17th for Bosnia & Herzegovina with the song Thunder And Lightning.