They might have been number two at Slovenia’s national final EMA, but duo BQL are enjoying the next best thing. Brothers Rok and Anej Piletic were presented with the prestigious SLOTOP50 BUM award, in honour of their single “Heart of Gold” being the most played single in the week after its debut on the Slovenian top 50 chart — the first time this has ever happened.

BQL beat off stiff competition for their BUM. While the brothers reached No.1, the top ten had international hits from artists such as Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man.

But it was “Heart of Gold” that got got the most plays in its release week — the first time this has ever happened in the SLOTOP50, to either a Slovenian or international artist. Chart organisers SAZAS were so impressed they created the BUM award — meaning “boom!” — to honour BQL’s achievement.

Raay: Also got a BUM

Also honoured was the song’s co-writer and producer Raay, as one half of Maraaya. He was on hand to also receive a BUM.

BQL were one of only six Slovenian artists with songs in the top 50 that week. One of them was fellow EMA finalist Nika Zorjan.

She joined in the celebrations, as her single “Fse” had debuted at No.6 in the top 50 — the second-highest ranked song by a Slovenian artist.

EMA winner Omar Naber’s song “On My Way” reached No.14 in the SLOTOP50 the following week.

Last month at the grand final of Slovenia’s national selection EMA, BQL won the televote with an overwhelming majority. However, the juries were less impressed. They scored the brothers in fourth place and gave top marks to Slovenia’s 2005 representative Omar Naber.

But while Omar will be returning to Kyiv in May, it looks like BQL will be enjoying their own kind of success back home.

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Héctor
Héctor
4 years ago

BQL were my favs, they should have won, Slovenia would be fighting for a spot in the final. Now Slovenia is figthing for the last position in its semi.

Mariam Habach, El Tocuyo, Venezuelaa!!!

Congrats to BQL!
But everyone knows that I have the best BUM in the business 😉

riggedObjectivoEurovision
riggedObjectivoEurovision
4 years ago

@Donna
Are you related to Kaliopi’s Donut?

Donna Vey
Donna Vey
4 years ago

@BringBackDenise

Brilliant answer lol, I laughed out loud so much 🙂

riggedObjectivoEurovision
riggedObjectivoEurovision
4 years ago

@Purple
Its looks like you’re craving for some ‘nicest bum’. award or awardee ?? 😛

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

Their song is overrated, nothing special. Nika should have won.

BRING BACK DENISE
BRING BACK DENISE
4 years ago

Donna vey if your asking if its his first time Bum I don’t think so. He has had stiff competition before and he came out on top

BRING BACK DENISE
BRING BACK DENISE
4 years ago

Robyn is not to be outdone in the homoeroticism. Wonder how many guys they had to beat off to get the award

Donna Vey
Donna Vey
4 years ago

I wonder if it’s the first such award he’s received.

Betty
Betty
4 years ago

Agree.
Juries are the worst.

Marc
Marc
4 years ago

Poor Slovenia. From having a Potential Top 10 to eventually have a potential last place in their semi. Juries are the worst

123
123
4 years ago

bum = boom (english)
unless is acronim, I’m not slovenian.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Actually it makes me wonder what the Slovenian award for “nicest bum” is called. 😀

BUM award
BUM award
4 years ago

Only in Slovenia, you get awarded BUMs for your success.

Kris
Kris
4 years ago

BQL should have won. This is why I don’t like regional juries. Its such a ‘BUM’mer they didn’t win. *insert confused emoji- can’t decide whether to laugh at that name or cry due to the jury’s stupidity’*

TK
TK
4 years ago

This would’ve been a much better option in my humble opinion than the dross they sent…

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Oh wow. I’m happy for BQL – they were my favourites from Slovenia this year. Well done. 🙂
(Now somebody should really re-name that award.)