Our penultimate ex-Yugoslav country hasn’t had much success at Eurovision lately but they’ve made it to the upper echelons of my own rankings this year. With just three qualifications to the final in the last 10 contests, can the sparky Lea help them get there this time with “Hvala, ne!” (In English, “Thanks, no!”) Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 previews countdown: #14 SLOVENIA – Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!””
Here in the UK we might be braced for the “beast from the East” cold blast, but this weekend it’s a bumper set of national finals from no fewer than seven Eastern countries. Some of these finals contain a lot of songs so I’ve just pulled out my favourites from what I have seen, any particularly unusual ones, and collections of snippets of all the entries. Continue reading “Eurovision 2018 national selections: Look East (Armenia, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Romania, Slovenia and Ukraine previews)”
Today (15 January 2018) is so called “Blue Monday” – the day it is claimed to be the most depressing of the year. It’s all nonsense of course – but an excuse for me to do a blue-related Eurovision post. So here are 5 past Eurovision entries, all with some connection to “blue”. Continue reading “5 Eurovision songs for Blue Monday”
Coinciding with a football match taking place as I post this, I’m staying with the Balkans to focus on Slovenia. In many ways, Slovenia is closer to Austria and Italy than to the other ex-Yugoslav countries. In Eurovision terms that has meant Slovenia has not benefited from Balkan block voting quite as much as the others. Continue reading “My top 5 songs from…Slovenia”
We go from the Baltic to the Balkans, and it’s our first ex-Yugoslav country of the countdown. Slovenia initially did quite well at Eurovision but have struggled in recent years, with fairly infrequent success in getting to the grand final. This year marks the return of their 2005 contestant, Omar Naber. Can he send Slovenia through to the final? Continue reading “Eurovision 2017 previews countdown: #42 SLOVENIA – Omar Naber – “On My Way””
Back to the Balkans once again! It’s the turn of the most westerly of the ex-Yugoslav countries, Slovenia. Last year, they flattered to deceive. Prior to the contest, they were one of the favourites to win and certainly expected to come top 5 or top 10. Yet Maraaya’s very cool and modern song failed to ignite juries and voters and came in a disappointing 14th at the final. This year, Slovenia have chosen a less cutting-edge song, and are providing one of two country-influenced songs at the 2016 contest.
Continue reading “Eurovision 2016 previews countdown: #35 SLOVENIA – ManuElla – “Blue and Red””