Maja Keuc Slovenia Eurovision 2011 No One

She scored Slovenia it’s best result of the 2010s. And now the country has voted Maja Keuc’s Eurovision 2011 entry “No One” as it’s favourite Slovenian entry of all time.

The results were revealed during the broadcaster’s alternative Eurovision special Pesem Evrovizije: Najboljših 25 (Eurovision Song Contest: The Best 25).

Maja Keuc’s “No One” is Slovenia’s favourite Eurovision entry

Maja — now known as Amaya — took Slovenia to 13th position on the scoreboard, scoring 96 points. “No One” did even better in the semi-finals, when it came third. The entry also broke a three year non-qualifiying streak for the country.

On her win, Amaya says:

“We all know that it was a party and not a serious competition. Anyway, thank you for all your votes, it means a lot to me, especially at this time. Thanks also to my team that stood for me and with whom we created this song. I love you and thank you again for a brighter day. “

In second place is the 2002 act Sestre with “Samo ljubezen”. They also placed 13th in the final.

While the drag trio have gone down in history as one of Slovenia’s most iconic entries, their initial selection proved to be very controversial.

A BBC report from the time details homophobic protests and parliamentary debates both at home and in Europe.

Thankfully, attitudes appear to have changed for the better in the intervening 18 years.

In third place, is another recent act — 2015’s Maraaya with “Here For You”. The husband-wife duo opened the grand final in Vienna and ultimately came 14th.

They’ve remained close to the Eurovision scene in Slovenia, working with both the Junior Eurovision 2014 and 2015 acts and national finalists such as BQL.

Slovenia’s Top 25 Eurovision Entries

The full rankings are listed below. They are based on an online vote held between 27 April and 2 May. A total of 30,793 votes were cast.

It was not possible to vote for Ana Soklič’s 2020 entry “Voda”

  1. Maja Keuc – No One – 2011
  2. Sestre – Samo ljubezen – 2002
  3. Maraaya – Here For You – 2015
  4. Nuša Derenda – Energy – 2001
  5. Zala Kralj in Gašper Šantl – Sebi – 2019
  6. Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne! – 2018
  7. Eva Boto – Verjamem – 2012
  8. Tinkara Kovač – Round and Round/Spet – 2014
  9. Darja Švajger – Prisluhni mi – 1995
  10. Alenka Gotar – Cvet z juga – 2007
  11. Omar Naber – Stop – 2005
  12. Tanja Ribič – Zbudi se – 1997
  13. Rebeka Dremelj – Vrag naj vzame – 2008
  14. 1X Band – Tih deževen dan – 1993
  15. Manuella – Blue and Red – 2016
  16. Darja Švajger – For A Thousand Year – 1999
  17. Regina – Dan najlepših sanj – 1996
  18. Omar Naber – On My Way – 2017
  19. Anžej Dežan – Mr Nobody – 2006
  20. Karmen Stavec – NaNaNa – 2003
  21. Quartissimo feat. Martina – Love Symphony – 2009
  22. Vili Resnik – Naj bogovi slišijo – 1998
  23. Hannah – Staight Into Love – 2013
  24. Ansambel Žlindra in Kalamari – Narodnozabavni rock – 2010
  25. Platin – Stay Forever – 2004

Do you agree with the rankings? What songs were underrated? Who was overrated? Let us know in the comments.

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PP77
PP77
2 months ago

For me TOP 5
1. 2001
2. 1995
3. 2011
4. 1997
5. 2012

PP77
PP77
2 months ago
Reply to  PP77

TOP 5 without 2020. 2020 on 3 rd place for me

JDS
JDS
2 months ago

I would have gone for 1995 for sure. I’m guessing the voters were on the younger side…

Amazing Slovenia hasn’t had a top 5 finish really.

eurana
eurana
2 months ago

No One | Here for You and Havla Ne! are my favorites from Slovenia

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago

One of my favorite entries from Slovenia, indeed 🙂 The strong way she stands there in a gorgeous dress belting it out!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

I am glad that people appreciate No One. As I said, I started to do my lists of previous years again and got to 2011. While it certainly contains far more bad and average songs than your usual ESC year, it did have several gems too. Maja’s song might be my favorite 2011 entry. It’s full of energy, builds-up nicely and has an epic third minute climax. Really, there is no one like her. Sebi, Spet and Cvet z juga are also excellent! My Slovene winner would likely be among these four. From the rest, I liked Here For You,… Read more »

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Your music reviews are always a pleasure to read, Colin! 😀
And I’m ranking 2015 at the moment xD

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Thank you so much, ESCFan 2009! 🙂 I really appreciate your kind words.
2015 was quite interesting. I have many fond memories from then.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Keep hoping to bump into Omer whilst busking on London Underground. Will have to wait a little longer now.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I’d love to find out which Eurovision is actually your favourite based on average rating!

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

I can count that once I’ve rated them. I will probably do another look at 2017-20 as well, as some details might have changed. Also, note that there are several different factors I could use as determining which is my favorite, notably:
1. Highest average rating of all songs combined
2. Highest number of 8+ songs on my playlist
3. Highest number of 10/10 songs (9.5s might count too)

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I’m ranking 2011 again for the moment and it’s really difficult. I don’t think there were bad songs but a lot of bad vocals…
My top 3: 1) Germany (I prefer Lena’s 2011 song than the one from 2010).
2) Italy
3) Slovenia

This top didn’t look this way back in 2011 when I was 14 yo. I feel like I was tasteless :’)

Colin
Colin
2 months ago

Good taste! Your top 3 are all in my top 5. Going through it again, I still think that there were some good songs in there. I did, however, rate 15 songs as under average, with eight of them probably worse than my last place this year. Some decent songs were botched by bad vocals, but I can hardly put all the blame there. A few are inexcusably bad by any standard. My last place is my only 0/10 rating of 2010s.

xohxoh
xohxoh
2 months ago

I love Maja Keuc, but Zala and Gašper, sweeties…

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
2 months ago

Also, I always thought Love Symphony would be an ideal piece of music for a magician!

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago

Never really liked it, too shouty

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
2 months ago

No One has long been a favourite of mine, and I’m happy to see it get recognised. I’ve always enjoyed the ‘James Bond’-esque feel to it and would like to see it performed with an orchestra. Always found it unusual that David Arnold (known for his involvement with James Bond) was on the UK jury that year, but didn’t give it any points

pretty_polly
pretty_polly
2 months ago

Duo Platin in well deserved last place. Oh God, what a dreadful song that was (and even their cheesy gimmick of getting married in Istanbul with Sertab Erener as their bridesmaid didn’t help them much…I wonder how much Sertab was paid to show up at that event?!). Alya should have won EMA that year with “Fluid”.

And “Sebi” is my favorite one. “Here for You” and”Energy” were great too but they messed up the stagings with those too.

PP77
PP77
2 months ago
Reply to  pretty_polly

For me Rozmarinke with Klise deserved ESC 2004

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

Might be minority here but Energy might be the best Slovenian entry ever. It was really ahead of it’s time. The beat, the chorus, the piano riff at the middle. everything is perfect. The fact that it only got 7th in such a weak year is staggering

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Agree 100% Denis, outstanding track

JDS
JDS
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

And I recall it was tipped to do quite well. There was no reason why it languished in 7th.

I also recall (having grown up near Millstreet) that there was a lot of buzz about their debut entry in ‘93. And they did really poorly.

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  JDS

Hello fellow Corkonian!

JDS
JDS
2 months ago
Reply to  Jofty

Hello to you!

Sarp Euro Fan
Sarp Euro Fan
2 months ago

Here are my top 5 entries from Slovenia:
1. Cvet z juga – should have made top 5 in 2007
2. Voda – so purely beautiful but underrated
3. Sebi
4. No One
5. Here for you

Jose
Jose
2 months ago

She deserved and I want her to see her back so badly. Slovenia would be so well represented! She was my ultimately favorite of 2011 (and of my favorites of all contests) and I was so sad when she ended up in 13th… She rocked the stage. Amaya had an amazing voice, a killer song, only the performance could be a little more elevated, but it wasn’t bad by any means. And this is one of those songs that proofs that juries are needed – this would have been 22nd if it wasn’t them (and you can dislike the song,… Read more »

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
2 months ago

My top 3: Maja Keuc, Alenka Gotar, Maraaya.
Also loved last year duet and Eva Boto in 2012.
One word on Slovenia’s results: underrated.

Darren
Darren
2 months ago

2007 is my favorite Slovenian ESC entry if I’m honest. I thought it was pure class.
But hey I was only 14.
Still listen to it sometimes though.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
2 months ago

Can’t argue with the winner or most of the order but definitely feel like Alenka Gotar and Anžej Dežan were underrated.

Colin
Colin
2 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yeah, Maja is amazing! I also really love Cvet z juga. Very underrated song. While I don’t find Mr. Nobody particularly amazing, 2006 was an exceptionally bad year, so it actually is ranked pretty okay on my list.

Richie
Richie
2 months ago

My top 5 from Germany

1.2019
2.2011
3.2015
4.2001
5.2012

Jake
Jake
2 months ago

I don’t think Germany 2019 would be someone’s favourite German entry ever.

Richie
Richie
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

No one!

Jofty
Jofty
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Maybe the boys from Hooverphonic, after Love Shine A Light of course ?

Richie
Richie
2 months ago

it is my top 5 slovenian entries … from Germany xD

fasttortoise
fasttortoise
2 months ago

They’ve put 2019 in first place, and that would be Sisters, so it can’t be German entries… ?

Matija
Matija
2 months ago

Honestly, narodnozabavni rock should be second with Sestre first.

viridESCent
viridESCent
2 months ago
Reply to  Matija

Narodnozabavni Rock is one of the worst entries Slovenia has ever sent. Vampir Je Moj Poet was completely robbed in that year’s EMA.

Alo
Alo
2 months ago

The Slovenian version of no one was miles better in my taste

Conor K
Conor K
2 months ago

My top 3 from Slovenia:
1. 1993
2. 2002
3. 2017

Rene Koradin
Rene Koradin
2 months ago

I voted for Zalagasper!

GIOLO
GIOLO
2 months ago
Reply to  Rene Koradin

They so deserved the first place