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.

What do you think? Would Klemen Slakonja make a good Eurovision host? Tell us your thoughts below.

Read more Slovenia Eurovision 2020 news here

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Ziv
Ziv
1 year ago

I want to see Tinkara Kova?’s face when Klemen performed her song.

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
1 year ago

If only Raiven sang in Eurovision. I like to see how Klemen would look as her.

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

As spokeperson in 2011 he was sooo coool (Anke – Danke :D)

acp
acp
1 year ago

Did they give him the actual outfits of the artists? Because they look insanely original. Amazing medley btw!

F@b
1 year ago

Waw ! This medley is excellent. Congratulations for this stunning moment !

Tompa
Tompa
1 year ago

Jon-Ola Sand says ‘humour doesn’t travel’… well, this piece says ‘in your face’… sooo hillarious! Well done, Klemen! Also: I just realised how many great treats we’ve had from Slovenia over the years.

Marionette
Marionette
1 year ago

That’s haawwt.

Azuro
Azuro
1 year ago

Putin putout was great but Ruf Mich Angela is even greater

Nata
Nata
1 year ago

I just love him. My favourite is his parody of Angela Merkel, Ruf mich Angela

Kirby
Kirby
1 year ago

Brilliant!!!

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

For some reason he always reminds me of Xander from Buffy 🙂
Hopefully he will grace the ESC stage at some point. Either as performer or host. Imagine him, Petra Mede and Filomena together, what a treat!

Raoul
Raoul
1 year ago

Send HIM to eurovision please!

Chingiz
Chingiz
1 year ago

Yes, please! I’m rooting now for Slovenia to win in coming years, so he can host the whole thing

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  Chingiz

Imagine him doing the same thing with every Eurovision winner!

Koen
Koen
1 year ago

Haha, nicely done!

Chingiz
Chingiz
1 year ago

This was the highlight of Slovenian selection. Such talented and charismatic host!

LaylaM
LaylaM
1 year ago

Haha, Klemen did it again, he is an great comedian and impersonator! 🙂

He already impersonated famous singers, singing about how Slovenia should win Eurovision, you should check it out 🙂 (“Klemen Slakonja as One Man Band – Slovenia Will Win”).

Fyi, in Slovenian, the word “arkada” means part of the head/skull, therefore you can now see the connection to Duncan’s song “Arcade” and how Klemen’s head “injury”fits the theme 🙂

Lise
Lise
1 year ago

I found his Arcade ‘mishap’ really unfunny. I spent 5 minutes behind shocked and worried. I must not understand Slovenian humor! 🙂

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  Lise

Lighten up boomer

Lise Mortier
Lise Mortier
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

I’m not a boomer. It was really consufing if you watched it live! 🙂

Hello hi
Hello hi
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Ugh who says “boomer” .. dreadful phrase

Esc1234
Esc1234
1 year ago

They need to send him to eurovision, he is incredibly talented

Bigger
Bigger
1 year ago

He was hilarious. I seriously thought he was injured at the beginning, but luckily not

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 year ago

Woah, very nice! Great job 🙂

Angelika
Angelika
1 year ago

He’s good!

Jimmy Smit
Jimmy Smit
1 year ago
Reply to  Angelika

He also looks kind of great as a woman.

James
James
1 year ago

Looks like someone conjured the spirits of 25 Slovenian entries and palce them unto himself. ahihihi

Hello hi
Hello hi
1 year ago

He would make an excellent Eurovision host tbh .. first seen him in 2011 on the Slovenian selection and he’s a great entertainer

Polina
Polina
1 year ago

How did he change costumes that fast

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Polina

And how did he manage to multiply himself on stage?
Magic, definitely.

Polina
Polina
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

It can be prerecorded not live maybe

The Roop is On Fire
The Roop is On Fire
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

They are the Slovenian artists what do you mean

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

I watched this and thought it was Lindgren-tastic!
Excellent work on the costumes.