Slovenia is our next stop, a country who has struggled to keep up with other Eastern nations since the semi-final system was introduced in 2004. However they are more than capable of producing a hit, demonstrated last year with their 13th place finish last year, their best since 2002.
This former Yugoslavian nation has entered 17 times now since its debut in 1993 but has yet to make it to the top 5 in a final yet. In fact Slovenia has struggled to make it out of the semi-finals, but much like Albania it can produce some pretty strong and distinctive entries.
Last year’s entry by Maja Keuc demonstrated their talent for powerful vocalists and dramatic production, something I can see again in this year’s entry. While Maja had more of a Christina Aguilera tone to her voice, Eva has a more classical sound, and is flanked by a group of stylised divas.
The operatic siren-song moments, along with the rousing production and Bolero-style drums really makes up a powerful bed for Eva to sing her heart out. Her lower register might not be great, but after the opening verse she’s got a great voice and carries herself with the class and poise of a princess.
It could get totally lost in the semi-final, but it’s got more than a whiff of Molitva about it, which could make it a real dark horse in this competition. It would be an amazing out-of-nowhere victory if Slovenia can finally turn itself from a mediocre Balkan nation to winner, and that’s a tempting result.
Click “Eurovision 2012” at the top of the screen to find my map-page to the other 33 reviews I’ve done for Eurovision entries this year, as well as the 8 entries I’ve yet to review, but will do this week.