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.