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Friday, 17 January 2014 19:20

Slovenia: RTVSLO Confirm 2014 Participation

Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark will be hosting thirty-six (37) countries in this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following the announcement that Slovenia will indeed be present at the event following an extension as granted by the European Broadcasting Union. With a positive result, the private sponsors will surely see a reason why this country should partake in the international event, hence, everyone is hoping for the best considering that Hannah and her entry Straight Into Love finished at the bottom end of the scoreboard in the semi-final at last years' competition.

Whilst the results have not always been favourable, Slovenia has sent some fantastic songs to the Eurovision Song Contest including; Prisluhni Mi performed by Darja Svajger in 1995, Energy sung by Nusa Derenda in 2001 and most recently No One performed by Maja Keuc. They have yet to trouble the scoreboard for a possible victory but have a good pulse on the event and may succeed especially at the expense of the missing nations from the Former Yugoslavian Republic. RTVSLO, the broadcaster is yet to make an announcement about the way forward although an national selection is looking highly plausible. Stay tuned to all the latest news.


Slovenia, one of the countries facing constant disappointment at the Eurovision Song Contest are set to be pondering on a possible withdrawal in the upcoming year despite predominantly high viewing figures for the broadcaster, RTVSLO. Earlier this year, Hannah Mancini could only muster eight points to finish in sixteenth place with her entry Straight Into Love which she co-wrote with Gregor Zemljič, Erik Margan and Matija Rodić. In an exclusive interview given to Ilkar's Blogspot, Hannah reccommended the return of Maja Keuc, the female artist who represented Slovenia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

Maja Keuc is one of the two female artists alongside Alenka Gotar who helped the balkan nation move into the final since the introduction of the semi-final system was unveiled back in 2004. Her entry entitled No One composed by Matjaž Vlašič and penned by Urša Vlašič managed thirteenth place, the fourth best result for the country and the best since 2001 when Nusa Derenda had represented Slovenia with the song Energy which also happens to be co-written by the same team of songwriters with the inclusion of Lucienne Lončina. Maja is one of the nations' best artists with her debut album Indigo spawning a large number of successful singles including Zmorem, Get the Party Stared and the interestingly titled You're a Tree and I'm a Balloon. Despite maybe being cautious in her reply, Keuc said 'never say never' prompting rumours that she could be seeking the ticket to represent Slovenia in Denmark. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news. 

Source: Ilkar's Blogspot has engaged a set of professional individuals who are getting through all of the entries competing in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The tracks are supported by biographies, other music from the respective performers involved along with a background on the participating country. The formal introduction of each entry continues. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Slovenia will be performing in slot number three (3) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. RTV SLO, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song Straight Into Love co-written by Hannah Mancini, Gregor Zemljic, Erik Margan, Matija Rodic and Marko Primuzak with vocals provided by Hannah.

Hannah, singer, composer and lyricist, has appeared on Slovene musical stages and on TV screens for a number of years. She also appeared in international music theatres like the Radio City Music Hall, the Universal Amphitheatre and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She has worked on numerous Disney movies, collaborating with top music authors and producers, such as Todd Chapman and the Grammy Award winner, Larry Klein, as well as the highly acclaimed American group Haute Chile, who used to perform as the opening act for Sheryl Crow and Seal. She has also worked as a backing vocalist with stars like Luis Miguel. Hannah, who is American-born and is currently busy writing music in Europe and Slovenia having moved here from the USA six years ago after marrying a Slovenian.

During this time she has appeared on the international productions of various albums and compilations, collaborating with DJ Umek (Vice Grip, Circle Records 2009; Dementia, Hell Yeah Records 2009), the DJ and producer Sare Havliček (three singles from the album Toscana Nights, Nang Records 2010: Dreams in Light, Pleasure Storm and In/Out, and a single from her latest album Vibe on You, Nang Records 2011). Hannah has been the lead singer of the Xequtifz group for a number of years now, and with them she has recorded the Slovene and English versions of three radio hits. In 2011 she took part in the EMA Contest for the Slovene representative at the Eurovision Song Contest, performing the pop song You're The One (Sylvain, Mike Vale & Hannah). She didn't win, yet the song was a huge radio hit in Slovenia. She is currently working on her upcoming international albums (Don't Give A Damn by Mike Vale and Connect Us by Beltek).

This year, the country decided in favour of an internal selection for the simple reason that recent results have not been hopeful and despite going through the issue of an extremely long national selection process last year, it did not yield a positive outcome. Following weeks of voting, a casting show selection, which was extremely popular in Slovenia saw the creation of a young idol, one whose name was Eva Boto. Ultimately Eva was competing against two twins and when the specially designation songs were put forward in front of the public and the jury, the choice was somewhat well adjusted to select Verjamem co-written by Vladimir Graic and Hari Mata Hari. The latter represented Bosnia & Herzegovina in 2006 whilst the former had composed the winning entry for Serbia in 2007. In the end, thirty-one (31) points and non-qualification saw Slovenia suffer for yet another year. Hannah will be hoping to turn the result around with her dubstep inspired track.

Eighteen participations reflect the history of Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest with the best result at this point in time still being a seventh place finish on two occasions, the first time in 1995 at the hands of Darja Svajger with the track Prisluhni Mi and then in 2001 when Nusa Derenda had done the honours with the song Energy. This is a nation which has not been so successful since the introducition of the semi-final system back in 2004 noting that qualification has only come on two (2) occasions out of a possible nine (9). The first time being in 2007 with Alenka Gotar and her operatic track Cvet z Juga and the second time being in 2011 when Maja Keuc, a newcomer took to the stage with the song No One. The nations' success has always been somewhat resounding for the simple reason that the music of the balkans is known to be somewhat similar and therefore a split vote has always been the case with countries such as Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia for example.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 60%

Magnus Kaxe: Verses are promising and the melody in the chrous is good but gets lost because of the bad house production. Get back to the production room.

Lina Eriksson: Strange with a dupstep intro... Hannah's got a great pop-voice. I'm sure we'll hear this tune on the dancefloors this summer. Still, this song feels more like a remix than an original song. It doesn't really get under my skin.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): It starts off very Dubstep, Don't like the dress. first verse is a little slow, but chorus is so strong, I REALLY like this, its something that if i heard it in my car I would put this up. don't like the way it suddenly ends, but love the rest of it. very catchy, its gonna be interesting to see how she performs this live.


Published in Editorials
Thursday, 28 March 2013 14:58

Slovenia: RTVSLO Presents Preview Video

All of the songs were formally submitted to the European Broadcasting Union a couple of days back and therefore, most of the versions being presented now are the final ones that will be performed during this years' Eurovision Song Contest. Music Videos are a necessary promotional tool in the market and with the right adjustments, a track would reach its full potential. Malta officially released their music video around two weeks ago featuring a vintage outlook of the performing band, Jeremy and his new mysterious love. A story-telling affair, in the true sense of the word. Today, Slovenia have unveiled their final product as well, and frankly, it has really improved.

Straight Into Love, heavily features more electronic bears in this new version surely to encompass the genre and the theme better. The music video in itself features several dark shots, with neon coloured lines. The protagonist is the performer, Hannah who is seen either along or surrounded by male dancers throughout. The man who Hannah has set her sights on has also been exposed and there are quite a number of shots which depict him in the best possible manner. There are some extra lyrics following the first different which despite being extremely minor changes make the track sound more unique. Like many of the others songs selected, the revamp has been substantial. Slovenia will be perform in slot number #3 within the first semi-final. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.


Slovenia, one of the countries to have never won the Eurovision Song Contest have made an extremely brave decision to select both their artist and their entry internally following a number of budget constraits and it seems that the decision might very much end up working in their favour considering that the track is receiving mixed comments at the moment. The broadcaster, RTVSLO are resoundingly content with the selection of Hannah, who despite being originally from the United States of America, currently resides in Slovenia. The entry that she will be performing in the first part of the first semi-final bears the name Straight Into Love.

Dubstep has not really been done at the Eurovision Song Contest and when mixed with Pop and Dance, could actually echo a distinctive sound, a genre which might not be done once more in the competition due to being quite club related. Honestly, listening to this track for the first time, it bears elements of brilliance and this will surely be one of the songs that the Euroclub will enjoy playing with the fans and the visitors dancing along. The decision of the song was made by Andrej Karoli, Mirko Stular, Blaz Tišler, Aleksander Radic and Andrej Hofer who are music critics or members of the entertainment department at RTVSLO. I believe that this could be a song that does well at the Eurovision Song Contest but I'll leave you to judge the song based on it's merits. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news.

Source: RTVSLO,