Zdravo! Did you know that Slovenia has entered the exact same number of Slovene and English language songs to Eurovision? They’ve had 11 entries in each language and two mixing them. That’s how you find balance! But which is best?
We’re pretty sure that equilibrium will break next year, though. On Tuesday, RTVSLO announced that they will be introducing a language rule for their national selection EMA in 2018. Performers will be required to sing in either Slovene or a minority language during the process.
So we’ve decided to look back at the Slovenian entries in their national languages and do a poll. Are you a fan of Eva Boto’s bridal staging? Did you fall under Tinkara Kovac’s spell? Did you miss Omar Naber’s rock swagger? Come time travel with us and sound off below!
2014: Tinkara Kovac – “Round and round”
Slovenia’s last Slovene entry was a mix of both languages. Tinkara Kovac, her flute and her over-dramatic backing vocalists brought the country to the final for the first time since 2011… and finished second to last. But hey, that was the first time Maraaya were involved with Eurovision, so at least it was a good omen of what was to came.
2012: Eva Boto – “Verjamem”
Speaking of dramatic vocalists, in 2012 Slovenia transformed their staging into a bridal fashion show to back up the anthemic “Verjamem”. Sadly, 16-year-old Eva Boto took inspiration from her surname and finished… near the boto(m) of semi-final two in 17th place. Badum-tss!
2010: Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari – “Narodnozabavni Rock”
Someone thought this was a good idea. Europe didn’t. Don’t say that wasn’t expected.
2009: Quartissimo feat. Martina – “Love Symphony”
Eurovision’s most prolific backing vocalist ever, Martina Majerle, finally got her chance to shine as a main artist. Sadly, her light was dimmed soon, as “Love Symphony” only managed to gather 14 points in the semi-final.
2008: Rebeka Dremelj – “Vrag naj vzame”
Glitter, non-ensical Spanish guitars, see-through dresses, Cruella de Vil’s cape, a LED cage, chains, dancers with helmets and skates, and a dress reveal! In 2008 Slovenia mastered over-the-top and presented it to Europe in all its glory. Rebeka Dremelj’s Slovene kitsch delight came close to qualifying, finishing 11th.
2007: Alenka Gotar – “Cvet z juga”
In 2007, Slovenia’s mix was more polished. They brought a soprano with a popera song and dressed her up as a goth princess. Alenka Gotar achieved Slovenia’s only qualification in the single-semifinal years, and her entry “Cvet z juga” became a fan favourite. That’s probably the last Slovene-language entry that actually succeeded.
2005: Omar Naber with “Stop”
Many of us didn’t rank Omar Naber particularly high in his attempt at Eurovision 2017. A big part of that may come from the difference between the dated “On My Way” and the magnificent “Stop”. Omar gave a fierce performance and sang one of the most on-trend entries of the year… however he only managed to place 13th in the semifinal.
2002: Sestre with “Samo ljubezen”
Slovenia is a country of firsts at Eurovision. They didn’t only bring the first popera act, but also the first drag act! Back in 2002, they got three drag queens dressed as flight attendants who sang a ’60s-style pop tune in Slovene. How did this not win, you may ask. How could this not even make the top 10?! Those were different times, I guess…
1998: Vili Resnik – “Naj bogovi slišijo”
In 1998, Slovenia brought Vili Resnik, a rocker with a romantic ballad, to Birmingham. The song was called “Let the Gods Hear”, but the divine intervention never arrived and he finished 18th with 17 points. There were dramatic fades-to-black, an electric guitar and two loud female backing vocalists. You may have also heard this song at Festival i Kënges this decade.
1997: Tanja Ribic with “Zbudi se”
Riding on Eimear Quinn’s wave of mystical entries, in 1997, Slovenia brought Tanja Ribic, with “Zbudi se”, a part dreamy and part dark ballad that finished 10th. This is one of the three times that Slovenia has finished in the top ten.
1996: Regina – “Dan najlepših sanj”
I suppose that beat combined with the oboe were an experimental combination back in 1996. Despite that, Regina and her dreamy entry didn’t really do well. She finished 21st out of 23 with just 16 points. Ouch!
1995: Darja Svajger – “Prisluhni mi”
Maja Keuc might have received the largest amount of points, but to date, this is Slovenia’s best performing entry at Eurovision. 1995 was a year of big ballads, and Darja brought one of the best ones. She finished seventh in a field of 25, and that encouraged her to come back four years later. Surely someone has sung this in a Belarusian audition in recent years and no one has noticed it.
1993: 1xBand – “Tih deževen dan”
Well, we can all agree that this isn’t the most stellar début entry ever. The colour combination of the clothes must have put the stylist in jail for a few years, but look at the coordination of the backing vocalists. Precise like Russian synchronised swimmers, y’all! This finished 22nd in a field of 25 entries.
Poll: Which is your favourite Slovenian entry in Slovene?
Which one is your favourite? Is a Slovenian language song the key to getting into the grand final? Which of these deserved better? Tell us in the comment section below!