William: Maraaya’s Marjetka and Raay may sit and stand in place throughout their entire performance, but their act still has major drive and energy. Bathed in orange light Marjetka rests in place and lets her electro violinist take care of the physical movement, while Raay snaps and plays the piano. In terms of styling it’s very pared down with Marjetka in a demure white mesh dress. But don’t worry: The violinist is bedazzled, as are Raay’s headphones. They still need to sort out some of their camera angles, but on the whole they worked really well, as did the white strobe light that flashes to the beat at key moments. It all helps give this pace so that the three minutes just fly by. Slovenia is definitely headed to the final. Are we headed to Ljubljana in 2016?
Slovenia’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
Padraig: I’ll always love “Here For You”, and it still ranks as one of my favourite entries this year. But I feel majorly let down by the staging. I’m happy that they’ve kept the headphones and invisible violin. My bugbear is with their use of the LED screen, or lack of. It feels almost criminal to have such a marvelous tool at their disposal and just use it to flash a few lights. This shouldn’t diminish its qualifying potential. But the chances of them winning the whole thing have been diminished.
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Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)