She’s the shining Slovenian soprano who enchanted audiences at Eurovision 2007. And now, 13 years after “Cvet Z Juga”, Alenka Gotar is keen to make a song contest comeback. But a spanner was thrown in the works in 2020.
Speaking on the Schlagervännerna: Eurovision Legends podcast, Alenka suggests that a fellow local star is to blame — Raiven.
Alenka Gotar on her failed EMA 2020 bid
Alenka excitedly introduces her failed submission — “Love Can Win”, a duet with Anže Šuštar. “It’s in the style of big “Barcelona” [the iconic Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé 1987 number]”. She goes on to say that it’s become a big hit locally, explaining that her motivation was “to spread love, break all the barriers, dare to love, dare to dream”.
“Everybody must love like he wants or she wants”, Alenka stresses. “Be what you are”.
However, despite her best efforts, Alenka wasn’t able to take this to the national final stage in Slovenia.
“Love Can Win” was among the 74 entries sent into the EMA 2020 process. These were then whittled down by an expert jury consisting of Raiven, Mojca Menart and Jernej Vene.
The duet didn’t make the cut and Alenka points the finger at three-time EMA star Raiven. “I wanted this year but I was not chosen”, says Gotar. “Raiven didn’t allow us, she was in the jury. I wanted to go back because I love it”.
Alas, Alenka doesn’t elaborate any further on her theory. “I don’t know why”, she concedes.
We don’t learn why she thinks that, out of the three-person panel, Raiven was the one responsible for blocking her EMA comeback. Whether this is mere speculation on the soprano’s part or inside knowledge, we don’t find out.
Alenka Gotar after Eurovision
Alenka is one of Slovenia’s most iconic Eurovision representatives. Her crossover classical number “Cvet Z Juga” finished 15th in 2007. Gotar’s right hand memorably emitted a bright light during the performance.
Since then, she’s gone on to become a somewhat divisive figure. Her marriage to a much younger man caused somewhat of a scandal in 2015.
In 2018, she unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). The right-wing populist party holds some controversial policies, most notably its anti-immigration stance.
The party is currently the main party in Slovenia’s current coalition government, meaning its leader is the prime minister. Alenka proudly reveals that her party colleague is a fan of “Love Can Win”.
“Even the prime minister, he tweeted our song… this would win, even the Eurosong”.
What do you think of “Love Can Win”? Would it have been a good addition to EMA 2020? Could it have beaten “Voda”? Let us know in the comments.