Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dino’s "Love in Rewind"
Well, the Bosnian presentation show just wrapped up a few minutes ago, and after a number of great performances from last year’s representative Vukasin Brajic, 1997 Italian representatives Jalisse, and Turkish superstar Mustafa Sandal, we finally got to hear what we had been waiting for:
Dino Merlin, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 1999 with “Putnici” and wrote the nation’s 1993 entry “Sva Bol Svieta“, will sing, surprisingly enough, in English this year with “Love in Rewind”. This mid-tempo song has a positive feel…it’s really quite lovely, actually! But that being said, I’m not a huge fan of the choreography. I loved Laka’s childlike performance back in 2008, but somehow it doesn’t quite work as well for Dino.
Watch his performance below, and let me know what you think!
All in all, I think that Dino Merlin’s done Bosnia and Herzegovina proud once again. He’s a well-respected veteran performer known all throughout the region, and I would be shocked to not see him not qualify out of his semifinal on May 12th. (But, in all honesty, I would have loved to have heard “Love in Rewind” sung in Bosnian…)
(Edit: I’ve had a few days to let “Love in Rewind” sink in, and as I review the song and the video, I’ve come to the realization that in a strange way, the carnivalesque atmosphere presented this week with the song actually works really well. The song and performance keep steadily growing on me, and it doesn’t even matter anymore if he’s singing in English, Bosnian, Esperanto or Korean. In my eyes, this song is absolutely beautiful as it is. I disavow my previous doubts and congratulate Dino on a masterful composition!)