Back in May, Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO confirmed that Ana Soklič had been internally selected to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2021. The EMA 2020 winner had earned a return ticket to Rotterdam. Now the broadcaster has opened submissions to find Ana’s song for Eurovision 2021.
While Ana was due to take the elegant ballad “Voda” to Eurovision 2020, she says she’s not limited to only singing ballads, saying that she loves songs with “groove and drive”.
Ana also encouraged songwriters to harness their creative energy and “go as far as is possible” with their songwriting. The Slovenian songstress isn’t looking for songs that are playing it safe, and says that when things go a little crazy, that’s when sometimes miracles can happen.
Ana has rich, sultry tones to her voice and as well as singing ballads, she has performed jazz numbers, gospel and has even performed alongside symphony orchestras. She’s a truly versatile performer.
Submissions for Ana’s song have opened now and will close on 30 September 2020. See RTV SLO for more information.
How will Ana Soklič’s song for Eurovision 2021 be selected?
Song submissions will be reviewed by an expert jury of at least three people. They will shortlist a number of songs that will be published by the end of the year at the very latest.
While RTV SLO hasn’t confirmed exactly how Ana’s song for Rotterdam will be chosen, the broadcaster will reveal the song selection rules and voting process at a later date.
This seems to confirm that the song won’t be internally selected and that there still be some sort of public vote. This suggests that RTV SLO may hold an EMA-replacement show, with Ana performing the shortlisted songs — similar to Eden and Roxane’s song selection shows earlier this year.
Or perhaps Slovenia will scale things back and use an online vote, similar to the EMA FREŠ online wildcard contest.
Ana Soklič’s journey to Rotterdam
Ana had competed at EMA twice before, using the stage name Diona Dim in 2004 and 2007. But she finally got her chance earlier this year when Ana won EMA 2020 under her own name. However, as the contest was cancelled in March, Soklič was not able to sing for the Balkan nation this year.
In May — as part of Slovenia’s Eurovision replacement show — RTV SLO confirmed that Ana had been internally selected to represent her country at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.