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Slovenia: Lea Sirk – Hvala, ne!

Over in Slovenia, their Evrovizijska Melodija selection format has yielded a result. Lea Sirk will represent Slovenia in Lisbon with the song Hvala, ne!. This is another case of a confident women looking like a diva performing a slightly aggressive, non-relatable song. For that reason, Slovenia will struggle to qualify from semi-final 2 and will probably do worse than Hannah's Straight into Love from 2013. Lea is vocally fine, but we know that's not what Hvala, ne! will be judged on. The Same Heart-type staging is a major turn-off for Eurovision voters and the song means absolutely nothing to non-Balkan voters. Slovenia…
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Thanks, no!

The Same Heart-type staging is a major turn-off for Eurovision voters and the song means absolutely nothing to non-Balkan voters.

User Rating: 2.5 ( 21 votes)

Over in Slovenia, their Evrovizijska Melodija selection format has yielded a result. Lea Sirk will represent Slovenia in Lisbon with the song Hvala, ne!.

This is another case of a confident women looking like a diva performing a slightly aggressive, non-relatable song. For that reason, Slovenia will struggle to qualify from semi-final 2 and will probably do worse than Hannah’s Straight into Love from 2013.

Lea is vocally fine, but we know that’s not what Hvala, ne! will be judged on. The Same Heart-type staging is a major turn-off for Eurovision voters and the song means absolutely nothing to non-Balkan voters.

Slovenia failed to qualify in 2016 and 2017 with better songs than this.

  • Vocally good
  • Modern and upbeat
  • Too aggressive in presentation
  • Lacks a hook for non-Balkan voters
  • Malta’s Taboo does it better in English

Can Slovenia escape the clutches of semi-final 2?

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7 comments

  1. So tiring. Screaming non qualifier to me

  2. If it stays in Slovene this is a certain NQ but in English with a 2nd half draw it wouldn’t be impossible. At the moment I just struggle to see where to votes would come from, I had high hopes at first after the start and about 2:01 in I wanted it to end which is a bad sign.

  3. Should be an nq but apart from Ukraine and (Depending on what’s chosen, but most likely Sweden and Poland) I’m struggling to name qualifiers out of that half of semi 2. Still, I have others above it and I can’t see how they are going to stage this in order to get enough votes. Likely NQ and another poor showing from Slovenia.

  4. I don’t get what this song is trying to do. At the moment it just doesn’t work – a bit like Lithuania last year. I agree with Cathal that a translation to English might help. It’s nice to have native language songs, but there’s nothing particularly Slovenian about this style of music. At the moment I just can’t see this appealing to either juries or televoters. Non- qualifier.

  5. Gav, the other current ESC entry that sprung to mind by way of comparison is Mikolas Josef’s Lie to Me. Again, the comparison is unfavourable to Slovenia.

  6. Great vocals. But as Gav said, this is not a song to show of ones vocal qualities. Slovenia almost never misses with voice quality (almost), and I like that they try and experiment with different things. However they almost always end up sending a bad song despite whatever new concept or way to look at ESC they come up with. 🙁

  7. It may be a bit esoteric to qualify but I’m not quite seeing what others are here. This seems to me like the sort of song Poland’s Cleo might enter if she came back as a solo artist one year. There might not be milking maids on stage but I think we can say there’s room for a bit of Slavic influenced R&B in the contest and I don’t see why countries with similar national languages wouldn’t throw this a few points. The camera work and staging isn’t far off in style from the sort of thing you’d see in Melfest either.

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