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