Last Saturday, Slovenia selected its act for Eurovision at the grand final of EMA 2020. But Ana Soklič’s victory wasn’t the only thing being talked about. Show host Klemen Slakonja paid tribute to Slovenia’s 25 years at Eurovision by performing impressions of all 25 acts.
Slovenia first debuted at Eurovision 1993 and has competed 25 times in total, missing only 1994 and 2000 due to relegation. And Klemen paid tribute to all 25 acts, going to great lengths to capture the hair, wardrobe and spirit of Slovenia’s stars.
The performance began with Slovenia’s debut act, 1X Band. Rocking the mullet hairdo and colourful jacket of lead singer Cole Moretti, Klemen got the tribute off to a good start.
He made his way through the ’90s and into the 2000s, including Nuša Derenda‘s yellow bodice and straightened hair for “Energy”, the fabulous drag trio of Sestre with “Samo ljubezen” and Omar Naber‘s first performance of “Stop”.
Into the 2011 decade, he worked it as Maja Keuc, whose song “No One” is the best placed Slovenian entry of the past decade. Klemen brought out a flute to pay tribute to Eurovision 2014 act (and EMA 2020 contestant) Tinkara Kovač and served a different side of Omar Naber on his 2017 return.
For more recent years, Klemen included Lea Sirk‘s sassy “Hvala nej” performance, complete with her pink side braid. Zalagasper didn’t miss out, with Klemen capturing their loved-up performance.
Opening “Arcade” performance goes horribly wrong (or does it?)
The Slovenia Eurovision tribute wasn’t the only thing Klemen had to offer the EMA 2020 audience. He opened the show with a performance of Duncan Laurence’s Eurovision 2019-winning song “Arcade”. It was a faithful recreation of the Tel Aviv performance… up to a point.
Things were going well until the globe descended from the flies. It came loose from its support and crashed onto the piano, causing it to collapse, knocking Klemen on the ground. He emerged from the wreckage bleeding from his head.
A disastrous performance. Or was it?
The video ends with a rehearsal clip with an orange standing in for the moon lamp. It’s shown that the keyboard was designed to collapse, all part of the performance.
This isn’t the first time Klemen Slakonja has brought his unique comedy stylings to EMA. In 2016 he performed his song “Putin, Put Out” — a parody of the Russian president — as the EMA interval act.
The song went on to be a viral hit, amassing more than 29.5 million YouTube views. Many say the performance eclipsed EMA 2016 winner ManuElla, who went on to finish 14th in her Stockholm semi-final.
Klemens previously hosted EMA 2011, 2016 and 2016, as well as an unforgettable stint as Slovenia’s points spokesperson in 2011.
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