lea sirk eurovision 2018 hvala ne first rehearsal
Andres Putting

Whip out that can of crazy and let’s dive in! Slovenia’s Lea Sirk delivered a thoroughly off-kilter, totally urban performance during her first rehearsal. This harked back to the Eurovision of yesteryear when people weren’t afraid to have a bit of fun. Her euro-dance number has major swagger, which comes through her swishing hips, facial expressions and non-stop popping and locking.

Lea has ditched her windows from the national final, which will no doubt sadden some fans. But don’t fret! Her posse of backing vocalists is as fiery and fearsome as ever. There’s great interaction between Lea and her girls, including a lovely shot where she walks down a staircase and they each throw their hands out at her. Talk to the hand? Take my hand? No matter. This is visually arresting and thoroughly enjoyable.

Perhaps the most talked-about moment of the performance comes when she stages a “fake blackout”. The lights and the music cut and she entreats the audience to help her out. As they do everything comes back to life on stage. I’m not yet clear whether it’s cool or cringe, but I suspect the former. When the arena is filled with people screaming, clapping and waving flags, that moment will really come to life.

Lea Sirk — “Hvala, Ne!”: Reviews and Reactions

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AngieP
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AngieP

The fake “blackout” is effective I think. Some dancing adding to the performance. They did a good job.

drag kvinna
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hvala yeah

Nate
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Nate

Barei did a similar blackout and eas heavily critizised and ended at the bottom…

Jo.
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Jo.

I hope the flyin’ squirrel will meet the flyin’ pelican in the Grand Final!

Tuvddtgccj57g
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Tuvddtgccj57g

Wait who’s the pelican? 😀

Jo.
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Jo.

The one who’s not cooling down.

Anasus
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Anasus

she should qualify. cheerful song and she’s very funny in interviwes

Gtyhygf
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Gtyhygf

I like the song but showing off butts is a cheap move.. The sa e goes for showing off nipples

beccaboo1212
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OFF TOPIC: Here’s a petition to get Slovenia to return to Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

https://www.change.org/p/european-broadcasting-union-slovenia-to-compete-at-junior-eurovision-song-contest-2018

ben005
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ben005

After such a long time we might have Slovenia in the final again. Go Lea!

Denis
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Denis

Cool girl. Energetic perormance. Middle of scoreboard finish in final

My2Cents
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My2Cents

omg please qualify!!! I will be voting for her like crazy. You guys have to watch her press conference she’s hilarious especially towards the end.

Héctor
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Héctor

Better than most of the songs in this SF, Slovenia should qualify! About the the fake blackout… well, I hope it works better for her than it worked for Barei.

Anita
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Anita

I am glad – she is my Queeeeen too. She will/must qualify. I love you William!

Ally
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Ally

I think I saw her but t, better than hair flip, indeed!

Miguel
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Miguel

I like what they have done here. The lightning effects, the outfits, even Lea’s performance.
I am curious about the camera angles to understand it better.
The performance will be memorable and maybe the running order can help it?

PS: Does she say “Obrigada” instead of “Hvala” at the end? That is cool.

Yaa
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Yaa

I think the last chorus is entirely in portuguese

Kyna
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Kyna

Yes the last chorus was indeed in Portuguese. I find it as a nice little nod to Portugal.

Geeky Monky
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Geeky Monky

My favorite this year.
Obrigada, SIM!

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

There’s so much unexploited potential in this entry…

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I can’t believe they dropped the frames routine. It was so well performed on EMA, I’ll miss it for sure. I’m curious to see this “fake blackout”, but I usually don’t like this kind of thing. Anyway, unless it’s very cringy, I’ll probably root for Slovenia to go to the final. Lea and her dancers are great, the song is bold and we’ll need some wackiness to cut the tension on the big night. Oh, and on the snippet I can hear that she sings the ending in Portuguese. It’s a nice touch, I wonder if they’ll keep it.

R
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R

Lot’s of booty there!

Efraim
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Efraim

Just a bit of a warning: Barei already attempted the fake blackout two years ago and ended up fifth to last.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

That’s what I immediately thought about as well
Of course, they should be careful with it and not ruin their chances of qualifying

Erasmus
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Erasmus

well yeah, but Douwe Bob also did it and finished 11th… We’ll see..

Sabrina
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Sabrina

But Douwe Bob’s pause was part of the message of the song. It didn’t meant to look like an unforeseen mistake.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

true, we’ll have to wait and see.

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

Iconic. Outstanding. Unforgettable.

Hvala yay!

Euphoric
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Euphoric

Deserves a place in the Final.