Ana Soklic Eurovision 2021 Slovenia Amen

Ana Soklič will represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam with “Amen”.

Ana was originally supposed to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2020 with “Voda”. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, Slovenia rested its usual national selection format for one year and internally selected Ana instead.

And now we’ve compiled 10 facts about Ana. Let’s do this!

Slovenia at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Ana Soklič

1. Her home is surrounded by natural beauty

Ana hails from Bohinj, which is a 20-kilometre long and five-kilometre wide basin in the Julian Alps in the Upper Carniola region of northwestern Slovenia. “God gave me the most beautiful place on earth to spent my childhood”, says Ana. “He named it Bohinj (God- “Boh”), surrounded with lakes and woods, and nothing else could give me as much power for making music alive, sharing stories you can only dream of.” To get a feel for the natural beauty, you just need to look at her 2020 Home Concert on the Eurovision YouTube channel. She can be seen standing on the shores of a magnificent lake, surrounded by a stunning mountain vista — it’s her actual back yard!

2. She was taught by the best

Ana started out in music early. And she was taught by the best — opera teacher Alenka Dernač Bunta, acclaimed Slovenian musician Darja Švajger and singing coach Nataša Nahitgal. Švajger herself represented Slovenia twice at the Eurovision Song Contest. She came seventh with the ballad “Prisluhni mi” (Listen To Me) in 1995. This remains Slovenia’s joint-highest placing to date. She returned in 1999 and came 11th with  “For A Thousand Years”.

3. She first entered EMA under a pseudonym

Before her 2020 triumph in Slovenia’s Eurovision selection, Ana entered EMA 2004 using the pseudonym Diona Dim. She hit the EMA stage with the rock-tinged English-language ballad “If You”. She displayed early hints of her “Amen” vocal power. But while the jury placed her fifth, the song didn’t captivate the public who placed her next to last. She finished ninth overall.

4. She attempted Eurovision again in 2007

In 2007, Ana entered EMA as Diona Dim once more. This time she presented the dark and powerful “Oče” (“Father”). Despite displaying more maturity and her signature deep and powerful vocal, the entry didn’t strike a chord with the public yet again. She finished 11th out of 12 in the semi-final.

5.  She’s a dab hand at covers

Ana has been quoted as saying that she often feels most at home when she sings blues, soul, and jazz. During a live radio performance on Slovenian public radio station Radio Val 202, she got the chance to show just how perfectly these genres fit her deep and smoky voice. She got groovy with a rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (a duet with fellow Slovenian singer Urban Lutman). She also belted out a soulful version of the standard “Feelin’ Good”, letting her voice shine. Meanwhile, in her Eurovision 2020 home concert, she took on Albania’s Eurovision 2012 entry “Suus”.

6. She has a taste for jazz

Ana performed a sold-out solo concert at the Veneto Jazz Festival in Venice in 2014, which also hosted notable American jazz artists such as Keith Jarrett, Cassandra Wilson, and Chick Corea. That’s some star-studded company! She’s also graced stages in cities such as Dubai and Naples.

7. She loves to sing with a symphony orchestra

In 2016, Ana mixed her jazzy side with live accompaniment from the RTV Slovenija Symphony orchestra. She owned the stage during several songs, including a rendition of Steely Dan’s 1996 version of “Jack of Speed”. Groovy! She’s also performed with an orchestra at the Lignano Sabbiadoro amphitheatre in Italy.

8.  She has entered many competitions

Prior to participating in and winning EMA 2020, Ana competed in another popular Slovenian singing competition in 2019 — the 43rd Popevka Festival. Once again in front of a live orchestra, Ana lent her smoky thoughtful and emotional vocals to the song “Temni svet” (“The Dark World”). Although the song showed off what she does best to great effect, the televoting public wasn’t feeling it. She only finished tenth out of the 11 entries. Ana didn’t walk home empty-handed, however, as the song won both the grand prize for “Best song in its Entirety” and the prize for “Best Interpretation”.

9.  She’s sung with one of America’s biggest gospel choirs

Jazz, soul, rock… there’s seemingly no end to Ana’s musical talents. Long before her gospel-tinged Eurovision 2021 effort, Ana performed with the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir. Over the 34 years since its foundation, the group has performed for multiple US presidents, the pope and royalty. It’s also collaborated with major artists like Mary J. Blige, U2… and Ana Soklič. Tim Arrington — the choir’s leader — had this to say about Ana: “Her ‘catch’ is her performance, she is simply “that voice”: an emotional, blues- jazz drenched that ranges from a lilting slap to a knock- you -backwards uppercut.”

10. She’s performed for royalty

Valentine’s Day 2019 was one to remember for Ana. For she spent the most romantic of holidays performing in Monte Carlo at an event organised by Prince Albert II of Monaco. Inside the grand surroundings of the famous Hotel de Paris, Ana belted out tunes like “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. The venue had previously hosted such legendary figures as Maria Callas and Grace Kelly.

 

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What do you think of “Amen”? Are you looking forward to seeing Ana in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments.

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AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
1 month ago

I love her. She’s an incredible, capable and talented vocalist who stands out for having such a unique vocal tone in the competition. Her voice reminds me so much of Conchita Wurst, and we all know that she can hold a note! I love the power, the depth and the emotion she channels. I know many people don’t rate ‘Amen’ but as someone who appreciates the kind of songs that the masses seem to shun, im enamoured with it. It gives me ‘Conchita Wurst singing an Adele song if Adele went gospel’ vibe, and I’m genuinely enjoying it. Good luck… Read more »

Azaad
Azaad
1 month ago

Considering how everyone has been talking about her faith, I’d actually be interested to know what her religious beliefs and denomination are.

Tenten Rurapente
Tenten Rurapente
1 month ago

11) Due to an amusing mix-up, she believes opening her throat as wide as she can and bellowing constitutes singing.

I kid a little, she’s very talented and she’s gorgeous (as is Slovenia), but the endless bellowing is not doing her any favours with that song. Just because you *can* do something doesn’t mean you *should* every single time.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tenten Rurapente
AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
1 month ago

The ‘bellowing’ you mention is controlled singing. Unfortunately someone like you don’t understand the vocal ranges and textures that come with a deep, husky voice like Ana’s. She’s incredible and not your run of the mill vocalist like many of the other artists in this years competition.

If you want to hear ‘bellowing’, listen to Samanta Tina’s song.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

Her back yard is even better than her vocals!

ESCalator
ESCalator
1 month ago

She looks like Eden from Santa Barbara.

American Boy
American Boy
1 month ago

I like her ESC 2021 song. It continues to grow on me. Currently it is my 19th favorite song, but it started out in the high 20s. There’s still time for it to grow on me some more before May.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
1 month ago

I heart Ana. I wish this article would provide more personal facts, these are entirely of a professional, authorized biography nature.

Last edited 1 month ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

There might not be a lot of personal information flowing publicly out about her, so they got to fill the 10 facts list somehow

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

I figured as much. Maybe Erasmus can shed some light on the other stuff?

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

well she is not that known in Slovenia. Like everybody heard of her at least one time, but it’s not like she is in the centre of attention all the time..

  • she participated in the Slovenian x-factor back in 2012 and she made it to the final but didn’t finish in the top 3.
  • she loves the gospel and she spent some time in Atlanta singing with traditional black choirs.

that’s all I know about her tbh.. as said she is keeping her personal life to herself. 🙂

Pernilla
Pernilla
1 month ago

The word “love” has one character less than “heart”
I’m not a native English speaker but my vocabulary is good anyway…