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Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – Sebi

Slovenia has gone and chosen Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl to represent the nation in Tel Aviv with the song Sebi, which was evidently very popular with the audience. There are some appealing qualities here that perhaps make Sebi appear stronger than it actually is. It's very similar in style to Portugal's entry last year which finished in last place. I can appreciate the artistry in the deliberate distancing between this year's Amaia & Alfred along with the duo's intentional fixed gaze. It is an intense visual and I will concede it is somewhat attention grabbing. The problem is that the…
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Soporific

Sebi is the sort of song that can fall victim to the producer-decided running order obsessed with contrasting one song against another.

User Rating: 3.8 ( 45 votes)

Slovenia has gone and chosen Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl to represent the nation in Tel Aviv with the song Sebi, which was evidently very popular with the audience.

There are some appealing qualities here that perhaps make Sebi appear stronger than it actually is. It’s very similar in style to Portugal’s entry last year which finished in last place. I can appreciate the artistry in the deliberate distancing between this year’s Amaia & Alfred along with the duo’s intentional fixed gaze. It is an intense visual and I will concede it is somewhat attention grabbing. The problem is that the performance is too cold. It lacks emotional resonance and appears too wooden. I understand that’s part of the schtick, but we need to look beyond the loud cheers from the home crowd in the audience and judge the song in the context of Eurovision, and in all likelihood, the Contest’s typical voters will likely forget Sebi when it comes to voting.

Semi-final 1 is the best place for Slovenia given the open nature of lineup *at the time of writing*. However, Sebi is the sort of song that can fall victim to the producer-decided running order obsessed with contrasting one song against another. More of the lineup is required before deciding Slovenia’s fate.

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7 comments

  1. I’ve listened to the song like five times by now and still cannot remember the melody, not a single note. Was there melody at all? However… I remember the girl. Gosh, the way she looks at him… she must be heels over head in love with that boy. And that shows up like in everything. You can’t fake it (dear Spain 2018).

    Now… does it make Slovenia more votable? Not sure, but there is something very touching about those two which just might push them over to the final

  2. My first reaction to Sebi was where is the chorus, where is the big Eurovision moment and wouldn’t Gasper be better off staying back in the Green Room?

    On reflection though it’s atmospheric, Zala’s vocal has a lovely vulnerability about it and the slightly awkward intimacy of the staging accentuates a connection between the two performers that is rather touching.

    If nothing else the song will stand out in the potentially weaker semi and is modern enough to attract jury support.

    Provided they don’t try to over-complicate things in Tel Aviv, Sebi has a middling chance of qualifying.

  3. I can’t remember this song. It falls out of my memory as soon as it’s finished. For me, this does everything wrong that Latvia does right. Staging in particular.

  4. Love it, my favorite so far. I think this is one to rep an eye during rehearsals, like said above the two have a chemistry that you just can’t fake and I feel if they can just fill the stage and draw people in this should be qualifying imo as I’d expect juries to vote for this.

  5. Yeah, Portugal 2018 is what crossed my mind immediately after hearing this. It’s very very similar. I would add it to my Spotify playlist if it was in English but I don’t see it having a great future in ESC.

  6. This might prove a hidden gem depending on how they stage it and one of the better entries this year.I love the reverb’s and the understated melody.They will need to really play on an empty stage and just them.This is a chill out song and a having a moment and id of loved this back in the day coming down.Perhaps simple lines on the stage or an expanded version of the stars/galaxy affect of the NF.Slovenia arent known for staging,but one to watch for me at rehearsals.It might do nothing at ESC of course,but a worthy entry.

  7. This is going straight in the bin. And it’s Slovenia. Weak support at the best of times. Adios.

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