From 191 songs there is now only one. Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO has confirmed that Ana Soklič‘s song for Eurovision 2021 has been selected. The song will be presented at EMA 2021, which will otherwise be a celebration of Slovenia’s 60 years at Eurovision.
RTV SLO confirmed the news today. It follows their announcement in December that from 191 song entries, a shortlist of three had been selected for Ana. And from those three, one song had emerged on stop.
After the 191 songs were assessed by an expert jury, a shortlist of three songs were assessed by a smaller expert jury. The jury selected their favourite, with one member proclaiming, “The song selected is Ana!”
While there had been earlier plans to use EMA 2021 as a national final to select Ana’s song from a small shortlist, due to the pandemic the broadcaster had to keep the number of people involved in EMA 2021 to a minimum.
The show will now be used to premiere Ana Soklič’s song for Rotterdam. As well, it will cover Ana’s preparations for both EMA and Eurovision.
The show will also commemorate Slovenia’s 60th anniversary of its first appearance at Eurovision. Slovenia debut at Eurovision 1961, then as part of Yugoslavia. The very first Yugoslavian entry — Ljiljana Petrović’s “Neke davne zvezde” — was composed by the legendary Slovene musician Jože Privšek.
Ana Soklič’s song for Eurovision 2021
Not much is known about Ana’s song for Rotterdam, but one thing is clear — it won’t be like her 2020 entry “Voda”.
Speaking about her new song, Ana revealed it takes advantage of the new rules allowing pre-recorded backing vocals — and unlike “Voda”, it is not a ballad.
“I am very happy with the chosen song, I hope you will all be too. We also made good use of the unique opportunity with recorded backing vocals, which is allowed by this year’s Eurovision rules due to all the measures. I can’t wait to be able to share the song with you. And, no, it’s not a ballad. “
This follows Ana’s request back in July for songwriters to not limit themselves to just ballads. She urged composers to harness their creative energy and “go as far as is possible” with their songwriting.
The broadcaster has also confirmed that Ana’s song lyrics will be in English.
And there’s a big name behind the song, described as someone who has won Eurovision in the past decade and has previously worked with Miley Cyrus. This could point to the American lyricist Charlie Mason, who co-wrote Conchita Wurst’s 2014 Eurovision-winning song “Rise Like a Phoenix”. He also has a Slovenian connection, having co-written Maraaya’s 2015 song “Here For You”. Most recently be penned Roko’s “The Dream” in 2019.
EMA 2021 will be hosted by comedian Nejc Šmit and “Hvala ne” singer Lea Sirk. The show will take place on Saturday February 27 at 20:00 CET.
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