Ana Soklič will perform “Amen” at Eurovision 2021. The Slovenian star presented her song for Rotterdam tonight with a live performance at EMA 2021. And despite claiming her song would NOT be a ballad, Ana has surprised fans by delivering a gospel ballad.

Unlike its predecessor, “Amen” is sung entirely in English. “Amen” is an uplifting ballad with gospel themes. In the chorus, Ana sings “Hallelujah, we’re glorious”, accompanied by a gospel choir.

The song gives Ana plenty of chances off her vocal talents, with the gospel choir backing her up and adding more depth to the performance.

“Amen” was written by Ana Soklic, Charlie Mason, Ziga Pirnat and Bojan Simonic. The gospel part was recorded in the Eastwest studio in Los Angeles, which also served as work officed to Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and many other Hollywood icons.

One of the songwriters is Charlie Mason who is a well-known figure inside the Eurovision bubble. He most successful Eurovision entry is Conchita’s “Rise Like a Phoenix”, but he also co-wrote Slovenia’s “Here For You” in 2015.

Ana Soklič’s is the second “Amen” we’ll see in Eurovision 2021. Earlier this week it was revealed that Austria Vincent Bueno will also sing a song titled “Amen”. On the flip side, this year we also have songs titles “Fallen Angel”, “Dark Side” and “El Diablo”.

Ana Soklič – “Amen” (official music video)

In her live performance, Ana can be seen wearing her signature white catsuit, similar to what she wore at EMA 2020.

As the song progresses, Ana is seen surrounded by fire, suggesting the theme of the song might be clash between good and bad. Ana’s deep and pure vocals have once again proved to be her main asset.

How Slovenia picked their entry

Ana Soklič won EMA 2020 and was internally selected to be Slovenia’s artist again at Eurovision 2021. In July, Ana opened a public call for songs. From 191 submissions, the broadcaster shortlisted three songs.

At one point it was considered to use EMA 2021 to select Ana’s song, but due to the ongoing pandemic the broadcaster internally selected the song instead.

Here’s what Ana said about her new Eurovision song:

“I sincerely thank everyone who contributed their works – we had a hard time choosing and choosing. In fact, the song may sound great in another singer’s interpretation, but in my vocal performance it sounds completely different. I am very happy with the chosen song, and 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.”

Earlier this week it was announced that Karin Zemljic will provide backing vocals for Ana. Karin is a Eurovision alum in terms of vocal support; she previously backed Maraaya (2015), ManuElla (2016) and Lea Sirk (2018) on Eurovision stage.

Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) 2021

Normally EMA is held as a national final with multiple acts competing to be Slovenia’s Eurovision entry. But with the song having been internally selected this year, EMA 2021 instead showcased Slovenia’s Eurovision history.

The show, hosted by Eurovision 2018 singer Lea Sirk and Nejc Šmit, celebrated 60 years of Slovenia at Eurovision. The country debuted in 1993, however, their contest history dates back to the 1960s when the country competed as part of Yugoslavia.

Many former Slovenian Eurovision stars made an appearance. They shared words of advice for Ana on her Eurovision journey.

What do you think of “Amen”? Is it better than “Voda”? Will Austria’s “Amen” sound better? Tell us in comments below. 

Read more Slovenia Eurovision news here

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
190 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Eli Grant Weinmann
Eli Grant Weinmann
1 month ago

Slovenia had the lowest bar to get over from last year. But it still feels like the laziest writing. Ana has a fantastic voice, but this isn’t a singing competition, it’s a song contest. It only gets worse when Ana and the Slovenian team said that it wouldn’t be a ballad, and then gave us this, a Ballad 101.

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 month ago

The song is technically an anthem not a ballad – so they were true to their word. But agreed, the lyrics are lazy.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurofan

It is an ode to humanity, it is not a ballad, But it looks that Eurovision fans know only ballad and not ballad songs – sadly. For me it is a beautiful song and impressive music which brings me back to the roots of Eurovision contest, wich used to be more about music and less about the stage circus. I really miss voices like Celine Dion and winners to become world stars. Most of them are easily forgotten or we have only one song to remember. Remember ABBA? This kind of Eurovision will never produce another Abba again. Ana is… Read more »

Emkay
Emkay
1 month ago

I actually like the song and hope they do well this year, but is it just me or does something sound off about the bridge?

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Emkay

it is just you. And exactly what you think is wrong, makes this bridge so surprisingly good.

Last edited 1 month ago by Neva
T.J.
T.J.
1 month ago

Obnoxious preacher that could well com from som US christian boot camp. Slovenia cacelled this year.
come on, vote me down, the more hate the more my point is proven! LOL

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  T.J.

Wise up! You are in denial!

Emkay
Emkay
1 month ago
Reply to  T.J.

“The more hate the more my point is proven!”
…but, you didn’t make a point.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  T.J.

Only in gospel style not really preachy. Nothing abut god, everything about people!

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 month ago

Songs worse than this have already been chosen. So it’s actually not that bad at all.

Kirby
Kirby
1 month ago

Is it me or the color of her voice sounds different when she sings in English?

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Kirby

Honestly, I had a hard time understanding her singing in English. Why wasn’t she singing in Slovene like last year

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

You have understood that better?

Last edited 1 month ago by Neva
Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Kirby

Her voice is really good for soul and similar styles….

Ffs
Ffs
1 month ago

I’d rather watch paint dry …

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  Ffs

Go ahead and watch paint dry or this can be your toilet break song!

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago

So no death metal? Eh

dxi
dxi
1 month ago

If this was a voice competition, she would win, hands down. I like ”Amen”, just as I liked ”Voda” last year; I just don’t love it. 10 minutes after hearing it for the first time, I already forgot everything about it, and that’s not a good sign.

Marc
Marc
1 month ago
Reply to  dxi

I agree her voice is amazing but the song is forgettable.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  dxi

Interesting, I can already whistle it and it grew to me very easily. Especially after hearing it for the second time, when I was done with my expectaitons and was ready to listen.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
1 month ago

Great vocalist powerful performance.

Grft
Grft
1 month ago

NQ I fear

Héctor
Héctor
1 month ago

It sounds good and I really like Ana’s voice, its tone and it colour. The song itself isn’t nothing out of the books but it will grab some jury votes and those of the religious audience (I’m almost sure Vicent’s “Amen” wouldn’t be religious themed). I do think without a real gospel choir it lacks that something. But it might get adressed with the choir appearing in a LED wall behind Anna. In my imagination every vocalist could appear in a single square sing from their homes and then put together. It is kind of cheesy but it is also… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Héctor
Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Héctor

Ana’s Amen is not really religious! The songs stays open to different understandings.
But she has chosen the gospel style because it is majestic and gives the people encouragement and opens her voice.

Mariko
Mariko
1 month ago

I really don’t like it. Voda felt calming, pleasant to listen to. It was one of my personal favourites. This might score higher because the ending is really impressive, but I feel like I’ve heard it before and like it has zero identity compared to Voda.

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
1 month ago

The ESC have rules againts religious/political lyrics. “Voda” was one my favorite song last year and when I see this song, that such a deception.

I think this song risk to will be destroy by juries because the religious reference like Germany 1995 and Portugal 1964.

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

The most political song at ESC was Greece 1976.

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

And somehowesong called “Prayer” won the contest. Same with “1944”. So yeah

Milan
Milan
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

The song called “prayer” has not much to do with religion – she just says “heaven knows that your name is my prayer” (a little blasphemous even).

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Milan

Ana’s song is not explecitly religious song. I’m not religious and I love it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Neva
Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago
Reply to  Dawid

1944? Sure it’s about historic events, but the song itself does not mention anything specific of political or religious. Unlike “Amen”, which has straight up religious lyrics.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Sniper K-Wolf

The song is not religious, if words amen and Halllelujah make you a believer to any god, that would be something!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
1 month ago

I quite like it because she has an amazing voice which reminds me of Conchita Wurst. It will be difficult in semi 1 because the public will kill it but juries will probably give a lot of points. It would be deserved tbh.

Last edited 1 month ago by WannaEatMySpaghetti
Anhel
Anhel
1 month ago

Tbh I’d never listen to this song by volition

Naomi
Naomi
1 month ago

If I had insomnia, this would cure it!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 month ago

Credit to Ana for sticking with what she is good at doing musically – singing deep and powerful ballads. However, I miss the Slovene language that “Voda” had. That appealing aspect is sadly lost in “Amen.” But apart from that, I think it’s a solid attempt from Ana. Now all we need is for Slovenia and Austria drawn next to each other to experience a longer period of Amen. 🙂

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I think she wanted to be understood more widely. Nobody can eat AMEN like they could drink Voda and make fun of her song without any understanding at their reactions!!!

Benny Hill
1 month ago

This song should make the likes of Paul, Dee and Mark Gormley happy. 😛 Heil el Diablo! 😀

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  Benny Hill

Actually, I don’t think it should be displaying any reference to religion so you are wrong again Benny! Good voice, but I can’t see it qualifying and is quite forgettable! It will score decently on her voice and performance, but that is it!

You should learn to be more professional instead of bring religion and politics into the contest!

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
1 month ago

Sweetjezus, that was screechy, and soulless. Amen!

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  Anita Mann

That is your opinion, but music experts will disagree!

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

Her song is simply beautiful and so impressive….I love her strong presence on the stage. She really owns it.

Yannis
Yannis
1 month ago

some countries think by putting tacky lyrics and words similar can do a good English song! Awfull effort from Slovenia! It is shame because Ana has a very good voices and she could have done better with a rock song

Dee
Dee
1 month ago

Good luck Slovenia, but I wish countries would keep religion out of the contest!

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Dee

hoh, IT IS NOT A RELIGIOUS SONG!!!! It is in gospel style. TWO words do no make religion, believe me. It would be too easy.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
1 month ago

The song is not bad, but I liked her song “Voda” from last year much more.

together
together
1 month ago

A bit generic and all, not bad, not good.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

With the amount of religious song titles competing this year those Christians in Cyprus will go bonkers..
This song though I have the same feelings like last year: That voice needs a strong song to serve it. Not it!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

I am honestly disappointed with this because I had hoped that Slovenia would step it up because They had a year to do so. It is my current last place unfortunately, and while I don’t wanna make any qualification predictions right now, I’m not holding my breath to expect Slovenia in the final.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I also am a bit puzzled. She said it won’t be a ballad, and what did we get? A ballad..

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

It looks Eurovison fans know only ballad and not ballad, and would not recognize anything else? Would you? It is and ODE!!!!!

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Denis

What is wrong with you people? Are you seeking for god? Sorry, you can’t find it in Ana’s song. But you just might rethink your humanity.

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago

The Austria one is definitely gonna destroy her if it’s a gospel bop. Let’s wait and see.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Polliu

Austria knows a thing or two about gospel bops. And they don’t even mention religion at all! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF1sQ7kK494&ab_channel=escLIVEmusic1

sajad
sajad
1 month ago
Reply to  Polliu

the austrian song is not a gospel song as far as i know

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago

Not even worth a second listen. Dated.

Dee
Dee
1 month ago
Reply to  Polliu

That is your opinion

Darren
Darren
1 month ago

The stereotypical hand movements of “reaching out, grabbing air and pulling it into your chest” kills this song.

Sorry Slovenia, I can’t. I had the same view last year too, so nothing has changed in that regard.

That said, as others have mentioned, Ana has a great voice, and looks stunning, but song and hand gestures ruin it, there is nothing stand out here.
Won’t do as well as North Macedonia in 2019 though (even that was questionable).

Leanne
Leanne
1 month ago

I am a bit disappointed and was really interested in hearing her tackle something other than a ballad, but I guess this is her style and she’s sticking to it. What I find frustrating is that I think she is possibly the best vocalist in the competition or at least top 3. She could do so many wonders with that voice and this song… is way, way beneath her in my opinion.

That said, I think she has all the elements to do well with the juries like “Proud” did if the staging is good.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

I am pretty sure we will never hear Amen sung on the same night by 2 different countries this year

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Ana has such an amazing voice.
I wish I liked the song more.
Not getting or feeling the message, just find it all a bit confusing really. Seems quite evangelical but then there’s lots of fire and talk of fighting so maybe the religious elements are metaphorical? Maybe I need to let it fester for a bit.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Kosey

Yes you are close to the truth. The song is all about people not about good.

Danny McEvoy
Danny McEvoy
1 month ago

She’s gonna have to edit it…it’s 3.44….almost a minute longer than regulations.

Danny

Dave
Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Danny McEvoy

No, the song is only 3 minutes long. The other 45 seconds are just a special bit with the gospel, this isn’t part of the official song

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
1 month ago

Amazing voice, rather boring and very predictable song. I think this will struggle to qualifyin semi 1.

#Parmille
#Parmille
1 month ago

Meh

Richard
Richard
1 month ago

This is mesmerising, her voice is amazing and hypnotic. I want to hear it again, which must be a good sign. If she can deliver this live Slovenia are flying high.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
1 month ago

As I expected, it’s already growing on me.

Lollipop ESC
Lollipop ESC
1 month ago

Off topic ….Germany’s Jendric just performed his song live on stage in the Schlagerchampions show on prime time ….and I have to admit, it is working on stage. The only bad thing was the weird camera work.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lollipop ESC
Colin
Colin
1 month ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

The song is actually funny. I think it will get a higher televote than people here are expecting. Even most non-Wiwi based You Tube critics really like it.

Joe
Joe
1 month ago
Reply to  Colin

Yeah I’m really coming around to it. It’s at eleventh place for me right now, but I don’t think it’ll drop out of my top twenty even as we get new entries

Polliu
Polliu
1 month ago
Reply to  Lollipop ESC

This is gonna be a shocking televote magnet if the staging is done right in May. Many people at home want something weird and different.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

we’ll as a Slovene I expected something like this. Something fine, but nothing special. It’s around my 9th place so far I think. Juries will probably love this tho, it will probably be the best vocal of the semi, not sure about the voters – I guess we’ll get 12 points from the Cypriot Christian group so at least there is that 😀

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

I predict a 12th place finish. Aroud 14th with televoters, and around 7th or 8th with the jury.

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Erasmus

12 points from the Cypriot Christian group – just made my night! cheers!

Popeye Spinach
Popeye Spinach
1 month ago
Reply to  Popeye Spinach

The song is ok. She`s beautiful! Good luck!

together
together
1 month ago
Reply to  Popeye Spinach

Lmao

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago
  1. France 10/10
  2. Lithuania 9/10
  3. Ukraine 8/10
  4. Finland 8/10
  5. Germany 7/10
  6. Spain 7/10
  7. Ireland 6/10
  8. Slovenia 6/10
  9. Albania 5/10
  10. Israel 4/10
  11. Norway 2/10
  12. Czechia 2/10
  13. Croatia 1/10
  14. Cyprus 0/10
Jake
Jake
1 month ago
Reply to  Mr X

Whoops you accidentally put your standings upside down like that Eurovision Jury in 2019

Mr X
Mr X
1 month ago

There are real chances for qualifying: In the first semi so far are only better Lithuania and Ukraine.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
1 month ago

At first I didn’t like it, but Amen started to grow after some listens. So far it is 10th in my top 14.

Marseille
Marseille
1 month ago

It’s an improvemente on Voda for sure. I don’t hate the lyrics, and the song is fine, but it gets really busy at the end. Just when you think it’s over, it keeps going, and not in a good way. I think maybe if they cut the last 20-30 seconds it would be better.
BTW, I don’t remember whis semi this is in, but it would be hilarious if producers put it right after Norway and/or Cyprus. Ana will take you guys to religious therapy lol

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Marseille

It’s in semi final 1, but it’s in the first half so it doesn’t interact with norway or Cyprus which are both second half.

Teddy
Teddy
1 month ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

They could put Ana last in the first half and Cyprus first in the second half 😛

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Teddy

That is a possibility, but the middle portion might go to another country. B

Davo
Davo
1 month ago

I really don’t like this song. The verses are so dull and the chorus so cliched. I love Ana’s voice but I think this is an almost certain non-qualifier.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Davo

As much as I don’t want to make such predictions this early, I have to agree with you. 15 countries have to be chopped and Slovenia might be one of them.

Dave
Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Davo

This is a definite qualifier . Everyone will downvote this but just you wait and see

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Davo

I hope she wins!

Last edited 1 month ago by Neva
Sjodni
Sjodni
1 month ago

Ok, someone tell me I’m not the only one who saw this. I love this song, and I love her, but the video runs to 3:44! This is nearly a four minute, (albeit wonderful), song! And eurovision published the video as the official video….did no one else see that and think it might be a problem? Maybe they are allowing her to do it that way…I do not know. I love the song, but am confused about this part of it.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago
Reply to  Sjodni

The song is 3 minutes. After that comes some weird after posing and choir special

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Sjodni

You really have some problems! Believe me, on the stage everything will be like the program directors will say. As always!

sam
sam
1 month ago

unpopular opinion but i love this

Alison
Alison
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

I love it too. No need to have a popular opinion.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  sam

do not worry, I have no idea what kind of people come to comment to this page…
This song is generally accepted very enthusiastically and most people love it.

Last edited 1 month ago by Neva
Michael
Michael
1 month ago

This is worse than Voda. Voda might’ve taken a long time to build up, but it had some nice atmospheric sounding production, and had a satisfying conclusion. Amen, despite giving Ana more room to belt, feels very sterile and uninteresting. Also, despite Ana’s religiosity, her belting here feels less genuine than on Voda. The fact that the comments on ESC’s Youtube channel are more focused on the drama of having two songs named Amen then the song should really tell you something.

Nobody Important
Nobody Important
1 month ago

Ana’s vocals are fantastic! But the song, it’s quite boring and forgettable. It’s not bad, just really bland. I would have liked it more if it was in Slovene.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago

I didn’t have much expectations with Slovenia, other than hoping that they could step it up from last year, but frankly, I don’t really like this song. As much as I am restraining myself from making qualification predictions, Slovenia feels like a non-qualifier to me, not even close to borderline. Ana does have an amazing alto voice, but Voda and Amen are both boring songs to me. It’s also unfortunately last in my personal list ranking too, unless something else that’s worst comes along.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

great voice but think this will be left in the semi finals

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
1 month ago
Reply to  Leo M

Yeah, even with only 14 songs out (8 of them in semi final 1), I don’t think Slovenia is going to qualify. 15 countries in the end have to stay behind, that’s just the game.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

Worse songs won.

Deutschefann
Deutschefann
1 month ago

I mean the effort they’ve put in this song! Very delighted that they tried for real finally. With countless grammy winners being proudly part of it it really is a contender. Maybe the jury winner?
I’ve read somewhere that the whole production in LA costed hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It’s a great song and general public will eat it up for sure.

Neva
Neva
1 month ago
Reply to  Deutschefann

Believe me Slovenia does not have much finance back up, especially now struggling with the covid-19. But this is not so important, I believe this is a very strong and powerful song
which grows to people easily. And it certainly is memorable in all ways.
Maybe after a long time a new world star will be born at the Eurovision song contest
and bring back the glory to it, which totally faded away in the past years due to too much circus and to little music.

Teddi
Teddi
1 month ago

This song was made to show off her vocal skills! And that’s about it. But song itself is extremely unappealing, not to say boring…. quite bland. I don’t see this qualifying in any scenario.