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Slovenia: Maraaya – Here For You

    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…

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Classy

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.

User Rating: 3.88 ( 27 votes)

 
 
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
  • Allies
Since 2008, Slovenia have qualified twice in seven attempts. 28% qualification success.

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

Slovenia has never finished in the top-10.

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

Average Points Received

Montenegro – 7.3
Bosnia & Herzegovina – 6.5
Croatia – 6.1
Serbia – 6.2
FYR Macedonia – 4.8
Russia – 3.2
Romania – 2.0

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9 comments

  1. i haven’t heard the song but based on the fact this is a 17 song semi and there is only 1 allie to call on it better be a good entry, being second half is a boost though.

  2. Probably my personal favourite so far. Really cool song.

    • It’s contemporary, yet different with a simple hook that’s sticks to your brain. You summed it up nicely Ben, this is a cool song. I hope she get’s rid of those headphone though and I am not sure about that fiddler that has no fiddle.

  3. The problem as we all know for Slovenia is lack of friends.This song,although high quality will need to be staged just right to temp neutral televoters.However in semi 2 most songs so far are quite generic and if that continues the juries in the semi might push Slovenia high enough to get to the final.Tinkara making the final last year meant a lot in Slovenia so i think the delegation will be trying hard again for a follow up qualification.

  4. Song is nice, need to get rid of the strange violin mime, or at least give him a dinner suit to wear or something. I can even live with the headphones as it gives someone to remember it by: “What was Slovenia? Oh, it was the lady with the headphones singing that nice song”

    True that Slovenia has no friends but last year proved that they can still qualify if the song is likeable enough.

  5. i think this year is going to be similar to last year for Slovenia, it won’t do swell as it deserves to do as usual for Slovenia.

  6. This looks like the set up for Vienna for me.Marjetka seems to still be delivering most of the song herself but the backing adding some more impact at key points in the verses and business end of the chorus.
    The backing need to be much tighter together though.They are wandering all over the melody here when they come in.This song hangs on the impact Marjetka delivers so the backing need to get in line lifting her,not taking over.
    This is a quality song and Marjetka gives a cracking delivery.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CtJ8rPKfpU&spfreload=10

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