We reach the mid-way point in my rankings countdown, though suffice to say, we’re deep into the songs I like given the strength in depth of the 2022 class. Speaking of class, we’ve got our most youthful artist in this year’s contest – they are a high school band called LPS (short for Last Pizza Slice) and will be representing Slovenia. Slovenia have not had the best of qualification records, so can this bunch of 17 to 20 year olds bring them a good result?
LPS formed at the end of 2018 – in the music room of the their school (so yes, they genuinely are a high school band!). They came through a preselection contest for “fresh” talent just to get to a place in the Slovenian national selection, and then went on (to everyone’s surprise it seems) to win the final and earn their place at the contest.
As the song title suggests, this song has a distinctly retro feel to it, not just a disco feel, but it also has a funky and jazzy 60s vibe to it. A Slovenian language song, it’s not had a great deal of love or attention from the fandom, often being placed quite low in fan polls and people’s top 40s. However, I enjoy this – I like jazzy disco it seems, and I like the very laid back, almost deadpan delivery of the lead singer.
I’ll be upfront, I’m not really expecting this to make the grand final on the Saturday. The genre is not the most popular, and LPS have little experience of the huge scale of Eurovision and performing live to so many people and in such a grand stage. That said, it would be a fun surprise to see this getting through the semi-final.
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
First entered: 1993
Appearances (excluding this year): 26
Best result: 7th in 1995 and 2001
2021’s result: 13th in semi-final (did not qualify)