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Bosnia & Herzegovina – Dalal & Deen ft. Ana & Jala – Ljubav je

90 minutes of torture to present one 3-minute song. Welcome back and all that, but with less money spent on an unnecessary show, perhaps we'd end up with a more competitive song. Anyway for future reference, Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala, will be known as DDAJ. DDAJ will be performing Ljubav je, in Stockholm. Early expectations were sort of met with the dramatic Balkan-cum-Željko instrumentation. The classy cello introduction works well, as does the duet between Dalal and Deen, though I don't think the optics work well - they're a bit of a an odd couple. This…
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Nema Ljubavi

Rapping aside, and given Bosnia are among friends in semi-final 1, there should be enough support to ensure they're in the race for qualification.

User Rating: 2.6 ( 12 votes)

90 minutes of torture to present one 3-minute song. Welcome back and all that, but with less money spent on an unnecessary show, perhaps we’d end up with a more competitive song.

Anyway for future reference, Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner & Jala, will be known as DDAJ. DDAJ will be performing Ljubav je, in Stockholm.

Early expectations were sort of met with the dramatic Balkan-cum-Željko instrumentation. The classy cello introduction works well, as does the duet between Dalal and Deen, though I don’t think the optics work well – they’re a bit of a an odd couple. This sophisticated package falls apart when trio are gatecrashed by rapper, Jalal, who looks like he’s just crossed from Syria and has almighty chip on his shoulder.

Rap doesn’t tend to do well at Eurovision, especially the aggressive stuff. FYR Macedonia already had a non-qualifier on their hands in 2010, but the rapper sealed it for them. Greece’s rap/ethno mix performed much stronger in 2011, but Watch My Dance had a radio-friendly sheen to it, as well as massive diaspora.

Rapping aside, and given Bosnia are among friends in semi-final 1, there should be enough support to ensure they’re in the race for qualification. In the final, however, I don’t see them making the left hand side of the scoreboard, with or without the new scoring rules.

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6 comments

  1. Nema ljubavi lol
    The Balkan voters will love this and they will pick up the phone for it. But only the Balkan voters will. The semi is relatively friendly with Croatia, Montenegro and Austria. In a very weak semi with a second half draw and Bosnia’s past 100% qualifying record, I don’t see how it can miss the final.
    There is one huge working against B&H qualifying though. That is of course Deen’s face.

  2. Great to see a view with Bosnia’s flag on it!

    It think this song’s chances will depend on the Croatia and Montenegro to see which way the Balkan vote. I think the song is just average but knowing Bosnia’s record it will most likely get through between 6th and 10th and finish 17th or so. The bit of rap could be what holds it back and in an 18 song semi that could hurt it but with like I said the record and the sing not being terrible I think it’s a pretty likely qualifier.

  3. I really like the melody in this. It’s a good thing the voting has changed so the jury can’t inflict too much damage for that rap part.

    I’d say average Bosnian placing – around 13-16th in the final.

  4. I just wonder at what stage of the song production did they think “You know what this needs? An aggressive, bearded rapper! Where can we find one?”

    Seriously, this is a great song ruined by 20 seconds of madness.

  5. Had me pining for 2006 Leijla……great to see BH back, but I see nothing more than a skin of the teeth qualification for the final and a 15-20th position. Agree totally with the “20 secs of madness” comment…HORRID rap!!

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