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The following few comments are from Mariana.

The song I liked the most from Bosnia was "Sva bol svijeta." It was one of my favourites from that year and had a message (as did the Croatian song that year: "Don't Ever Cry"). This, along with the music, made the song stand out from the others for me. It's a good song and I think definitely deserved a top 5 position. I'm not surprised that Bosnia sent in a great song that year under the circumstances as it was an extreme situation and Eurovision a link to the outside world then. And it stands the test of time as I still like it now.

As for the song for this year "Starac i more" I'm not overly impressed. It has grown on me and I think it's not too bad but it does sound old-fashioned to me. I was expecting something more modern or dynamic from Bosnia this year when I heard some of the people who were entering in the selections. But it is an OK ballad and I therefore hope it does OK on the night. I haven't seen the performance and don't know if this would add to the song or not.

Croatian Entry comments: I've liked all the Croatian entries thus far (1993-98). My favourites are "Neka mi ne svane" and "Sveta ljubavi." Danijela's performance '98 was a knockout on the night - very confident with a strong voice. This is my favourite ESC ballad. Likewise I really loved "Sveta ljubavi." A very polished, proffessional performance and a fantastic song. I liked the slight Celtic influence on the music.

From Mariana,
Thanks Mariana!


The following few opinions are from regular posters are Chris Melville's EuroNet Messageboard:

1993. The Best entry of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Added was the tension of the War, when it wasn't clear they were even going to make it to Millstreet and if the jury would get through. Except for maybe too much lailalalala's, it's a good song with a wonderful beginning and a good political message. I was very hopeful for Bosnia as an ESC country, but they have never fulfilled that hope Entry-wise until now (1999?)

From Jan

1993. I love it! Sva bol svijeta is a totally fab song that haunts me every so
often ! :) When it happens, I have to watch the preview video time and
time again... I don't know exactly why, but I love it and in my opinion, it was the best song of the whole 1993 and is even in my top ten of all time ESC favourites !

From Jari

1993. Fazla was by far the best Bosnian entry in the ESC since "Gori vatra". I loved it, and it should have been in the top 10. It outshines the other Bosnian entries by far (well, 1994 was good too) but many of the others (1996 especially) were quite mediocre.

From Marina Vitromanovic
Huge thanks to Jan, Jari and Marina!


The following is a review of the Bosnian national final 1999.

Unfortunately, our Cable TV company has very strict rules about treating former Yugoslav republics in TV matters, so they put on the same channel from 7 to 9 pm TV Montenegro and from 9 to 11 BHT Sat. That means that by 9 o'clock when I could begin watching it, I already missed the first 5 songs. As far as I can tell from the short 15 sec clips shown at the end: 
1. song 1 was more like a folk song (novokompovana)
2. song 2 sounded as a ballad
3. songs 3 and 4 were up-tempo. 
4. As far as I could see in Seven Up only one guy sang, the others were
mostly jumping and dancing. 
5. Song 5 was a ballad by Drazen Zeric, ex-singer of Crvena jabuka. 
6. Song 6 was a pretty amateurish duet (rewarded by 0 points). 
7. Sasa Losic gathered together a few old friends and formed a band
Sarajevo Old Stars. The song "Sampion" was one of the better ones of the
evening - very much in the style of Plavi orkestar. 
8-12. Songs 8, 9, 10 and 12 were
slow ballads sung by female singers. By far the classiest one was song 9 "Bog mi je svjedok." 
11. Vajta remained faithful to his clown image but with a very poor song. 
13. I was a bit dissapointed by Hari Mata Hari. It sounds not so much as his previous work, but frighteningly similar to Kemal Monteno's song from the 70s (or early Zdravko Colic, if you prefer). 
14. Amina didn't come to Sarajevo after all, she was replaced by another black beauty Beatrice in duet with Dino Merlin. This would be something different and probably more attractive in Jerusalem. The song starts with a long orchestral intro in oriental style, develops into a rap (by Dino) and ends in a catchy chorus (in French by both singers). 
15-17 were mostly forgettable.

Interval act: all 6 previous Bosnian entries in combination of live singing
and video. Even Fazla returned to Sarajevo after 6 years.
Voting: 9 regional juries (Banja Luka, Bihac, Bonn, Germany, Gorazde, Livno, Mostar, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica) voting in Eurovision style.
Scrutineer: Mirza Delibasic, as cool as ever on the playground, chewing his gum all the time. 
The winner: Hari Mata Hari got no top mark, but was 5 times second (10 pts) with Sarajevo being the only jury not to vote for him. 2nd were Dino and Beatrice, 3rd Seven-up. There were some whistles during the reprise by fans of the boy band, I suppose.

From Samo,Slovenia
Thanks again Samo!


1983: "Dzuli," I feel is one of the ESC evergreens. I was only three years old when this ESC had occured, but I have heard this song again probably around 1990 and I adored it. Croatians just simply know how to make a great song. Even though it is 16 years old, the song is very alive. I don't think there is a person in Bosnia (other than the youth) who doesn't know the melody of this song.
1986: "Zeljo moja" is a beautiful ballad, a very fitting song to Doris Dragovic. I've always loved her, as she has a great personality and all of her songs are superb. The lyrics were too short, as they contain only 2 short stanzas and a refrain. Adding two more stanzas would have been much better. 
1987: This is the first ex-Yugoslav entry that I can really remember without anyone having to describe it to me. Also, I remember when "Srebrna krila" were shooting the video for this song that they had to redo some scenes where the lead singer was dancing, because she was too jumpy. She acted like a mad horse. That was the joke of the time. I think the melody of the song is good, but lyrics are a bit primitive. Moreover, the refrain did not really fit in with the rest of the song.
1988: Hick up! Another joke of the time. It was said that Sanja, during the recording of the song had accidentally started to hick up and the team behind the song liked it so much, they decided to include it in the song itself. A very lively, up-tempo, happy, singable song! The English lyrics had thrown me off at the time, as I obviously did not speak any English and all the time I believed that Sanja was singing some inaudible lines in Croatian.
1989: Rive ruled that year. When this song won the "Jugovizija" (Yugoslav national final), it became an instant hit. I remember going to a field trip with my school to Belgrade and our singing this lovely song in unison. It is a very nice memory of the old days, when we all were innocent kids. Lyrics of the song are a bit... cheezy, senseless, but all I cared about was the rhythm Isn't that what all of us care about when we hear a song for the first time. 
1990: Tajci continued the superb success of ex-Yugoslav entries of late 80's, with her coming 7th in Zagreb. She was really an unknown singer, but the song ruled. I remember (here I go again...) my class making our own lyrics of the song for some strange reason. It was a very popular song and it skyrocketted Tajci's domestic carrier. She went on having a very succesfull album. The lyrics of the song are again a bit weak, but hey, rhythm rules!
1991: And the tradition was broken. How disappointed we were all "Brazil" had won. We were even more disappointed with the fact that Bebi Dol (Baby Doll) was singing this awful song. The song, the performer, the performance were all awful. The only reason "Brazil" had won "Jugovizija'" was because JRT (Yugoslav RadioTV Union) had changed the voting rules in such a way that every TV station (that is republic) could vote for its own entry. Also, earlier Kosovo and Vojvodina (Serbian provinces) were not allowed to vote for a Serbian song, but as of 1991, it was to be allowed. There were many other better entries than this one. Proving my point is the fact that "Brazil" came 21st (out of 22 songs) in 1991 with a miserable 1 point.
1992: I didn't actually see this contest, as I had become a refugee and lived in Pula, Croatia at that time. In 1992 "Jugovizija," there were no Slovenian or Croatian entries, so we were destined to have a less-than-good entry. However, when I first heard "Ljubim te pesmama" a few weeks ago, I actually liked the overall feel of the song. The other surprise was the fact that it was sung by Extra Nena, an upto--that-day singer of Folk music, a musical style that did not see too much of "Jugovizija" at all.
1993: Finally, a genuine Bosnian entry in ESC in over a decade. I loved the song very much, as it captured the lives of people in Bosnia during that time, including mine. A very powerful song with a very powerful message. I feel it was chosen only to show Europe what was happening in Bosnia. The composer is Dino Merlin (Dervishalidovic), one of my all-time favorite Bosnian artists. It was such an obvious Dino song. The lyrics were also very potent, as well as the video.
1994: Another message-carrying song directed to the ignorant Europe. I loved their performance at the ESC. The introductory applause from the audience touched me so much, that I began to cry, literally. Tears were pouring. It was so nice to see a happy moment for Bosnia, as otherwise all of our lives were miserable at that time. Very, very good lyrics, melody too! I was a little diappointed with 39 points. I expected so much more. We even speculated what would happen if Bosnia had won--would we have actually hosted an ESC in the middle of a war?
1995: BORING! I was furious with the "expert" panel that chose this song! I watched the Bosnian final that year and this song was definitely the worst of the eight. "Ti si ruza" and "Opila me jedna jesen" were much, much better songs. Especially "Ti si ruza," which was a ballad, but with a strong beat and rhythm. Did not expect anything more than we got--the bottom half of the list!
1996: I never got to watch this contest and I only heard the song a few weeks ago, when Chris Melville (thanks much Chris!) was nice enough to encode it for me in RealAudio format. It's a nice song, but it needed some major arrangement improvement. With the arrangement that it had, it sounded too boring. And who the heck chose Amila to represent Bosnia. I cannot stand her voice--she sounded like a man with flu! If we had chosen a better performer and added a bit life to this song, it would have done much better.
1997: A very unusual song. There isn't a hint of Bosnian music in it. It sounded too repetitive, especially that beat. They tried to trick Europeans by giving the song an English title--"Goodbye"--but it made no sense to me. Why would someone name a slow ballad with an English title. It is usually done with fast, up-tempo songs, not boring melodies! The lyrics were very weak, too!

Noah Bajric


1964: First time (un)lucky. TV Sarajevo's first participation at the former Yugoslavia's pre-selection brought their first victory but also the last place with the dreaded nul-points. The song deserved better, but was ruined by too dreamy arrangement in Copenhagen. A point of special interest: surrealist lyrics were taken from the latest poetry book of Stevan Raickovic--without him knowing.
1965: TV Sarajevo played it safe and chose the Croatian superstar of the time Vice Vukov but the song was boring without any clear development. Still, 12th place in Naples is the best for any entry from Bosnia-Herzegovina by now.
1973: Zdravko Colic gave a very fiery performance but he and the song burnt themselves down to ashes. Maybe the Eurovision came too early for him. 
1976: This is just awful. 
1981: A very nice ballad by a rock'n'roll-turned-pop singer. Deserved better than 15th in Dublin.
1993: Bosnia only made it to Milstreet due to extremely clumsy voting of the Slovakian juror in Ljubljana. The good-loking model-turned-singer attracted many sympathy votes but the whole effort was poor.
1994: My all-time favourite Bosnian entry. Simply - a good song, well performed. 
1995: As lead singer of Indeksi Davorin Popovi+AQc- appeared at the former Yugoslavia's finals as early as 1967. XXI. vijek didn't suit him too well, there were songs at the pre-selection which would suit him better.
1996: Another very good singer and not a bad song at all. This song would do much better with a different (classier) arrangement - Mr. Alimanovic, take notice. 
1997: Nice, but also very forgettable.

From Samo, Slovenia
Hvala puno, Samo!


1993: Fazla looked good, had a great sound and an important message, but it just didn't live up to expectations. The dark, moody intro and ethnic elements were the high points for me, but when it came down to the "Sva bol svijeta" chorus it just fell a bit flat. 
1994: Alma and Dejan didn't look particularly comfortable on stage, didn't look very 'chic' (certainly so compared to Fazla) and missed the cue to start the song (thanks to the enormously sympathetic audience). Good job! They had such a good song! My favourite entry from Bosnia and Herzegovina, deserving of BiH's highest score to date (and deserving of more than they got). 
1995: I'm afraid Davorin's song about a jumper knitted for him shouldn't have been sung by a man in a dinner jacket. I didn't like his voice, found the song rather drab and placed it last in 1995. Sorry, but I know BiH can do better! 
1996: Now Amila knows how to handle a scarf - no wonder people are confusing Amina with Amila... A very pleasant melody and Amila has a strong voice - shame she had to sing right after Poland, which was just that bit classier.
1997: Welcome back Alma and at last a happy sound from BiH! A catchy song, which would have scored far better with full televoting. Taking Turkey out of the equation (as they regularly score BiH highly) multiplying up the scores of televoting countries and adding on Turkey's 8 points "Goodbye" could have scored 68! Sadly, it wasn't to be and we all said "Goodbye" to Bosnia for a couple of years. 

From Dale Langford in Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Thanks Dale!

















 


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