Esad ArnautalićBorn: February 28th, 1939, Sarajevo (Yugoslavia, nowadays Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Died: December 4th, 2016, Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
In the 1970s, on two occasions, the Yugoslavian Eurovision pre-selections were won by artists from Bosnia-Herzegovina: Zdravko Colić with ‘Gori vatra’ (1973) and Ambasadori with ‘Ne mogu skriti svoju bol’ (1976). On both occasions, Esad Arnautalić accompanied the representatives to the international festival, staged in Luxembourg (’73) and The Hague (’76) respectively, as their conductor. In 1993, Arnautalić made a surprise return to the contest, conducting the first ever Bosnian Eurovision entry, ‘Sva bol svijeta’, in the Eastern European pre-selection (organized for the new EBU member states in Central and Eastern Europe), staged in Ljubljana. Probably, Arnautalić replaced Sinan Alimanović, who, because of the ongoing war in Bosnia, was unable to escape his country. The aforementioned song, performed by the group Fazla, succeeded in qualifying for the international Eurovision finals in Millstreet (Ireland). There, however, the Bosnian entry was conducted by host MD Noel Kelehan.
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