Ana Soklič was due to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2020 with her song “Voda”. The singer earned the ticket to Rotterdam by winning Slovenia’s EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija).
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Slovenia in Eurovision 2020: Ana Soklič “Voda”
Ana Soklič is a 36-year-old singer from Bohinj. She started her career under the pseudonym Diona Dim, participating in EMA 2004 and 2007 with the songs “If You” and “Oče”. She took part in many festivals before entering the first edition of X Factor Slovenia in 2012, finishing fifth.
In 2019 she participated in Popevka — a long-standing Slovenian music festival — with the song “Temni svet”. She won two awards, one for the best song and one for the best interpretation.
Ana Soklič won EMA 2020 by defeating the Slovenia’s Junior Eurovision 2015 representative Lina Kuduzović. The two singers earned the most votes from a three-member jury composed by former Eurovision singers Maja Keuc, Darja Švajger and Nuša Derenda in the first round of the national final. Ana secured 53.54% of the televotes in the superfinal.
What do the “Voda” lyrics mean?
Ana Soklič has stated in several interviews that “Voda” does not have a single message or theme and is open to the listener’s interpretation. Water, the central word of the song, is used as a universal parable. A multifaceted element of nature characterized by energy, which can suddenly gush out and without which we cannot live.
Water, therefore, takes on a double role, both positive and negative. It is the symbol of all the negative things that happen in the world and that surround us. But at the same time, it represents a safe and purifying place.
In the same way, the song wants to convey that even if beautiful and bad things happen to us in life, the important thing is to have someone on our side, not to fall apart. After each tragedy, we can pick ourselves up and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Energy is within us.
“Voda” lyrics — Ana Soklič (Slovenia ESC 2020)
Written and composed by: Ana Soklič and Bojan Simončič.
Produced by: Žiga Pirnat.
Bojan Simončič is a Slovenian guitarist, composer and arranger. He started his career in the early 80’s in the group Nočna izmena. Later he founded the rock band Ultimat. He’s been working with Ana Soklič since she was 17.
Žiga Pirnat is musician, orchestrator and conductor from Ljubljana. He has worked both in Slovenia and in the United States, with award-winning producers and composers on projects featuring artists such as Rihanna, Josh Groban and Andrea Bocelli. He has also written and produced tracks for several Eurovision selections.
Greva naprej, v novi čas,
Ti slišiš, ko mi bije razum.
Peljiva naprej, v drugo smer,
Se poraja in odzvanja,
Let’s move on, into a new time,
You can hear my reason pounding.
Let’s drive on, the other way,
It rises and it rings,
The water gushes…
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