The road to Malmö is well underway, as Slovenia becomes the latest country to reveal their Eurovision 2024 artist and song title. 

Raiven, a mezzo-soprano singer, author, songwriter, and harpist, will represent Slovenia with her song ‘Veronika’. You’ll have to wait to hear the song: it won’t be revealed until 2024. 

Raiven is renowned for her ‘popera’ style of music, which fuses elements of pop music and opera. She’s a familiar face to veteran viewers of EMA, Slovenia’s national Eurovision selection format until 2022. Who remembers Črno Bel, Zažarim, or KAOS from over the years?

Those songs finished second, third and second respectively. Her consistently highly placement confirms her position as a Slovenian fan favourite. 

In a statement Raiven said that representing Slovenia is a matter of fulfilling her childhood destiny:

“Representing Slovenia at Eurovision is a stepping stone I envision for my career’s progression. When I told my mother I was going to Eurovision, she said she knew I would be standing on that stage one day. She knew it since the first time we were watching this music spectacle together – I was five years old.”

The song itself is based on Veronika Deseniška (or, Veronika of Desenice) a well-known figure in Slovenian history and folklore. Raiven describes her song as ‘the symphony of the Sirens’ and draws upon not only Veronika’s supposed witchcraft, but the stories of several legendary female figures from across history. 

“Veronika was one of the first three songs I created for my upcoming EP Sirene, and from the beginning, I participated in its creation as a producer,” said Raiven, who, as in her previous works, is credited as the author of the music and lyrics.

“Veronika” will be premiered by Raiven in a special show on RTV Slovenija on January 20, 2024.

“Veronika” will be included on her upcoming EP “Sirene”, which is set to be released on February 17, 2024. The songs that she will place on this EP are based on exploring the stories of iconic women from different historical periods. Raiven will bring the symphony of Sirens to her audience at a concert in Cankarjev Dom on April 21, 2024, celebrating a decade of musical creation and research.

Are you excited to hear Raiven’s Eurovision entry? How do you think she will fare in Malmö? Let us know in the comments!

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hiru65
hiru65
4 months ago

I love Raiven ?rno Bel is one of my favorite eurovision songs, I was hopping for her and now she’s here

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago

Is this the same Raiven from RuPauls Drag Race?

Tiago Saavedra
4 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

no lol she’s white!

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago

I´m very looking forward for Slovenia this time. Raiven is a great artist.

Hvala, Slovenija !

Roro31
4 months ago

Thanks you Slovenia !! I love Raiven and Slovenia top 10 !!

vetrina
vetrina
4 months ago

The promo video seems promising! She is giving me transgender vibes. She looks amazing!

fionn
fionn
4 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

she pretty like a transgender

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
4 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

Thats why i thought it was the Raiven from Rupauls drag race

Heyey
Heyey
4 months ago

It’s Aiko for Czechia!! 😀

Noam600
Noam600
4 months ago

She looks like a fairy! Waiting to hear the song.

Mqe
Mqe
4 months ago

By the way, something the article doesn’t mention and was announced today: ballet dancers from the Slovene National Opera will be part of her performance. I think we should expect something ethereal.

josipina_turnograjska
josipina_turnograjska
4 months ago

Raiven’s not very popular in Slovenia because she comes across as very stuck-up in her interviews (in one of them she described people who didn’t like Kaos as “commoners”). She’s been heavily promoted by the national broadcaster for years now but you rarely see her mentioned in any non-state-owned media. It’s no secret she’s dreaming of a huge stardom but with that kind of off-putting energy she emanates it just isn’t happening anytime soon. Her debut album was actually very good but she later stopped working with the team behind it – she complained of those songs not being true… Read more »

Slovenian
Slovenian
4 months ago

Darling, she has a style and nothing is wrong with that. And she is well known in Slovenia, not only heavy promoted by RTVSLO. I don’t know if you’re from Slovenia but I’m telling you that Raiven is a MUSICIAN with talent, all her songs have meaning and Veronika is based on a real person (If you are Slovene you know who is Veronika Deseniška) and why not produce her own music if she can? Should she have Raay producing her songs? NO! So don’t be jelaous and envy if her music is not your cup of tea. I believe… Read more »

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago

It’s the first time I hear of her (been following ESC since 2020), but how she’s presented sounds like her entry is promising

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
4 months ago

RAIVEN!!! goes to Malmö!! it finally worked out and since 2016 she should have been there a long time ago, at Eurovision in Slovenian colors, I am very curious what she is preparing for Eurovision in Malmö, or maybe Electro opera Raiven feels good on stage and you can see the camera work is excellent with her, I am satisfied with the decision of RTV SLO

P.S. what is important is that Raiven is also a psychotherapist

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago

On topic, but results for czechia haven’t been announced yet. When will we get to know who will represent them in 2024?

Steven
Steven
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

You can read it on Wikipedia ESC 2024. TBA December 13th

Heyey
Heyey
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Tomorrow morning at 8:15 CET

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

All right, I’ll wait for tomorrow

3art
3art
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

13/12 at 8am

Jesiah
Jesiah
4 months ago

SHE IS BRINGING SLOVENIA BEST RESULT IM TELLING U.
GONNA VOTE FOR HER IDCC

Alex
Alex
4 months ago

Slovenia has been serving lately. Hopefully, Raiven can bring them to the long waited top 10.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Alex

It has been a long time since we’ve seen Slovenia break the top 10, if Raiven can make it that high. Wouldn’t it be cool if we have a lot of underdog countries do very well at eurovision 2024, maybe somebody winning for the first time?

Mateo
Mateo
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

That would be perfect as it become a bit boring to see same counties win. Someone new would be a breath of fresh air!

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

As much as I’d love Finland to win, a first-time winner and underdog countries doing very well in Malmö would be delightful!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
4 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

That’s what I’m hoping too.

Jack
Jack
4 months ago

Fan flop alert

Trinajsti apostol
4 months ago

SHE HAS ARRIVED, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! Make way for our disrespected queen. She will get revenge for all three times she deserved to stand on the Eurovision stage.

Andy
Andy
4 months ago

I want all countries to bring their A Game ,we already have 6 internal picks by mid December
Good luck to Raiven from Slovenia

Lil Krumpy
Lil Krumpy
4 months ago

We’re about to experience Slovenian slayage for the first time in decades!

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Lil Krumpy

It would be long overdue. 2007 was ages ago.

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
4 months ago

Great choice for Slovenia. I like Raiven very much she is a great singer. I am curious to hear her song Veronika.

M B
M B
4 months ago

It’s about time. She has been robbed over and over again in EMA. Excited to hear her song the most so far.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

Her first attempt, ?rno Bel, was by far the best and should have represented Slovenia in Stockholm instead of Manu. Might have gotten Slovenia to the final. I did not like her last attempt, Sebi was the right winner there. So, I suppose it could go either way. I’m ready to be amazed. A little criticism for the broadcaster though: I feel like these internal selections are a cost cutting measure. The fact that they had originally planned a tiny NF with only 4 songs instead of the usual 10-20 before canceling the NF altogether supports that assumption. Also, I… Read more »

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

And yeah, the song description makes me think I’m gonna like it. I’m usually a predictable sucker for that ethnic, folksy infused stuff.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

It depends on the song and internally selected artist. It also shows that they were confident Raiven would EASILY win.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

Actually no, it doesn’t show that. It shows they made their choice internally.

Hey
Hey
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

International jury was used to select the EMa songs and her was apparently such a standout that they decided to cancel the national final (due to financial difficulties also)

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Hey

Well that sounds promising. I hope a standout because it’s so good and not because the others were so bad.

Yuarith
Yuarith
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I can’t blame them, Slovenia is a tiny country and I assume the broadcaster doesn’t get much funding these days

Zisk
Zisk
4 months ago

Just hope she’s better live than she was with KAOS because that was the favourite to win the NF that year and then we just got COWS live

sparkling points
sparkling points
4 months ago

Very interesting song concept, looking forward to its release.

Joker Out’s “Carpe Diem” is one of the best Eurovision entries ever 🙂 hopefully Slovenia will keep doing well.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

I swear, the voting this year was so bad. 16th in the televote. 19th with the juries. But then, 21st overall. Like, come on, at least put them in the top 20.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

There were like four or five rock songs this year. They all cancelled each other out in the televote and then there was KAARIJA who stole votes from them and MULTIPLE countries. In the end it was worth it to ensure Kaarija won the televote.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago

Countries award points to 10 different entries. Käärijä took a whole of 12s, that still left lots of possible 10s, 8s, 7s, 6s… I don’t see how he stole any votes. Countries wanted him to win pretty much unanimously. There’s lots of space left between 2nd and 21st.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

*a whole lot of 12s

Bettie
4 months ago
Reply to  Ari

I’m Dutch, we didn’t qualify last year because the song wasn’t good enough, no excuses and move on, new year, new chances.

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  Bettie

I agree. Neither the Dutch song, nor the presentation were good enough. The voting got that one right.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
4 months ago

Ooooh! What a GREAT choice! Raiven was on my ‘ones to watch list’ for about year now since I saw her amazing performance of ‘Kaos’ which narrowly missed out at going to Eurovision in 2019, Trumped only by Zalagasper, but if they hadn’t participated with Sebi, you could tell Raiven would have EASILY won! Her songs are unique, catchy, dance-filled and competitive. She has so much potential and I wanted to see her at one of the future EMAs. However, i’ll easily take this! With broadcaster funding, I expect something GREAT in Malmo! And the topic of the song seems… Read more »

Lolek
Lolek
4 months ago

This is awesome, I’ve been waiting for her participation at Eurovision for so long.

ph0220
ph0220
4 months ago

Figured it was either going to be her or BQL, since they both have ended up either 2nd or 3rd in EMA several times.
(Maybe their time will come next year?)

Ari
Ari
4 months ago
Reply to  ph0220

Not BQL. The broadcaster’s juries made them stay home despite winning the televote twice.

BimBamBoum
BimBamBoum
4 months ago

Welcome Raiven ! The teaser of Veronika is giving “Jezinky” vibes of ESCZ2022, together with the storytelling which makes it very mystic and intriguing. Can’t wait to hear the song. With such a musical and artistic background, she may well bring Slovenia one of their best results in Malmö

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  BimBamBoum

not the fake ethno ”jezinky” lmao

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago

we already knew this

deffo going to qualify i think, and has top 10 potential, based on her fab operatic skills

Nikita Zhukov
Nikita Zhukov
4 months ago

Slovenia is really stepping up lately, they know exactly what the fans want, we are being spoiled for the 2nd year in a row haha I do feel bad for all those artists who submitted entries for the national final only for it to get cancelled again, but at least they can keep these songs for possible future NFs as long as they don’t release them And let’s be real, the way Slovenian public be voting sometimes, it’s probably better if the broadcaster chooses the main favorite just like that, there’s no way of being sure that Raiven would win… Read more »

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
4 months ago

She’s a great artist from what I’ve seen so far, and her song’s concept sounds very exciting. Can’t wait! Slovenia is one of the most robbed countries at ESC, so hopefully they get their flowers if the song is remarkable.

Heyey
Heyey
4 months ago

Ayyy soo happy for her!! She finally gets her chance at Eurovision, I love RTVSLO for this :)) Based on the little teaser trailer it’s going to be something mystical, ethnic and apparently in Slovenian so count me excited! I’m so happy Slovenia is staying with us I remember last year they were even considering withdrawing, but in the end gave us one of their most successful bands and now Raiven <33

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

we don’t care about ethnic, did we have ethnic songs in shows like the voice or x factor, nope

and ethnic songs never become international billboard chart hits so

Nils
Nils
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Please only speak for yourself.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

if it were up to me

Slovenia would be represented by Ben Dolic with a Milanov banger

San Marino represented by the icon of christian pop Danny Gokey, we need more american representation honestly

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

I´m very sick of these wannabe-american performances at ESC.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Absolutely !

Heyey
Heyey
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

What’s wrong with having an ethnic song? Why do we need to have the same type of mass produced one size fit all type of songs? Diversity is beautiful

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
4 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

english is the language of us all, and if the UK doesn’t like that, i hope they withdraw hopefully soon

english entries are the best, ethnic entries are joke acts

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

What a rubbish commentary, sorry….

Amigo
Amigo
4 months ago

Amazing choice, Slovenia! Congrats. Loved her at EMA each and every time. I believe this is the right time for her! Can’t Wait to hear Veronika!