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Here For You should be too good not to qualify, but if the staging concerns aren't addressed, Slovenia could easily be overlooked in a very open semi-final two.
One song stood out from Slovenia’s EMA national final, and thankfully, the Slovenian public chose wisely.
Maraaya will now represent the nation at Eurovision 2015 with the song, Here For You.
Here For You is the best song to come from Slovenia since Maria Keuc finished 13th in 2011 and should perfectly capture the start of summer across Europe.
Slovenia’s entry has immediacy and an enjoyable foot-tapping pace, and while the song is definitely high quality and worthy of recognition, there just aren’t enough layers to make it stand out in a 27-song final. The main drawback is the lack of a big moment; the arrangement is aching for a stripped-back-bridge before a strong climatic close. The chorus isn’t exactly an earworm either.
I feel they’ve tried to compensate with the mime-artist staging gimmick, but it actually distracts the viewer from the song while making the package appear too eccentric. Pair that with Maraaya’s headphones, which appear to be ‘her thing’, and we have too many WTF moments in what should be a classy performance.
Their main priority should be to dress Maraaya in this century’s fashions, while finding a proper violinist to replace the distracting mime-artist. I actually think that two jiving dancers would complement the energy of the song better and maybe cut to a violinist at the back of the stage when necessary. The keyboardist and drummer also seem surplus to requirement, though I understand the former is Maraaya’s husband. Awkward.
Here For You should be too good not to qualify, but if Slovenia fail to address the aforementioned staging concerns, Maraaya could easily be overlooked in a very open semi-final two.
Are Slovenia on for consecutive qualifications?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest semi-final score: 140 (2007: Alenka Gotar – Cvet z juga)
Lowest semi-final score: 5 (2004: Platin – Stay Forever)
Average semi-final finishing position (since 2008): 12th
Average semi-final score (since 2008): 37 points
Highest score (since 2004): 96 (2011: Maja Keuc – No One)
Lowest score (since 2004): 9 (2014: Tinkara Kovač – Round and Round)
Average final position (since 2004): 17th
Average final score (since 2004): 57 points
Montenegro – 7.3
Bosnia & Herzegovina – 6.5
Croatia – 6.1
Serbia – 6.2
FYR Macedonia – 4.8
Russia – 3.2
Romania – 2.0