"the Eurovision in Israel is poppolitiskt spectacle at the highest level."
"But also below the surface is a thrilling drama about money, debt, and an old Eurovision-the dinosaur chasing the very last byte."
"The German songwriter Ralph Siegel is 73 years old and have a dream left. To win Eurovision again. Time for Germany, as he did 37 years ago when Nicole and ”Ein bißchen Frieden” took home the competition. But Siegel spread the chances. For several years he has written contributions to San Marino, a state that is said to sell its Eurovisionplats to prospective speculators. But it has not gone well at all for the old schlagerräven Siegel, usually has the fun been over already in the semi-finals. So the last few years he has vädrat air in another country – Bosnia and Herzegovina. "
"An estimated Eurovision nation have gone on his knees for several years due to economic and political problems, and in addition to a temporary comeback in 2016 not competed since 2012. The bosnian public service channel, BHRT is obliged EBU (European broadcasting union) around 55 million which has led to the imposition of sanctions. In this bleak location makes the Ralph Siegel entry. Both the year and the last year he has offered to bear all the costs around the Bosnian Eurovision participation, with the small proviso that he himself writes the song and the bosnian folksångerskan Hanka Paldum front of it."
"Eurovisionfans choose instead to interpret it as that Bosnia has chosen to keep their dignity, and would rather abstain than let the dinosaur Siegel sabotage the competition with its mossy songs."
"But Bosnia has greater challenges than a non-participation in the Euro vision song contest. Weak or non-existent public service associated with a low freedom of the press, low voter turnout, corruption and the spread of extremism. It is unclear whether the moderate party in Stockholm county who want to scrap the public service have an eye on it."
"But, so far, is the SVT strongly – and despite the fact that the six weeks in February and march as the Eurovision song contest is in progress, feel drawn-out and stressful will be the commitment of the Eurovision reasonably greater, when we ourselves can vote on the contributions than if a German millionaire would write a grant for, let's say Marie Bergman, and send directly to the competition."