Road to Copenhagen 2014: Tinkara Kovač – “Round and Round” (Slovenia)

After Belgium yesterday, there’s another nation that has struggled to stay afloat in the semi-final era, and very nearly didn’t come to Copenhagen this year, getting a special extension from the EBU to secure its entry.

SloveniaSlovenia has a surprisingly long history at the contest, debuting in 1993, but has suffered from slightly more injustice than Belgium when it has been denied qualification on 8 out of 10 attempts, with some great songs falling by the wayside. For a nation surrounded by neighbours, that much-debated regional bloc vote has never really benefited the small former Yugoslav nation.

But Slovenia seems keen to keep trying, and hosted a strong national final that ultimately decided Tinkara Kovač was the one to represent them in Copenhagen.

Tinkara Kovač sloveniaLove the flute intro, and got a great weight to it. The tune sounds quite similar to Israel’s “Same Heart” unfortunately, hopefully not similar enough to harm either song’s chances. Musically they aren’t that similar though, with the Slovene entry using a more traditional style, more of a band than a load of synths.

I love her voice, it’s strong without being shouty, and the rhythm of the song is really easy to get into. I worry that it will be a casualty this year, but I have my fingers crossed.

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