EuroVision ’18 Song By Song: “Hvala Ne!” by Lea Sirk, Slovenia
Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Slovenia, “Hvala Ne!”” by Lea Sirk, written by Sirk and Tomy DeClerque. The song is performed in Slovine. Sirk is a well known singer and songwriter in her home country and has attempted to represent her country before, three times, in fact, but hasn’t been selected to do so until this year. The song will be performed 18th in the competition order on the second semi-final on May 10.
Wow, the sentiment behind this song is terrific. The title translates to “No Thanks!” in English, and the song’s confident, powerful lyrics are an anthem to the women of world at its finest, telling women to watch their step, be confident in what they do, don’t fall for shady things, and be ready to give their all to help when help is needed, that they have what it takes to basically change the world. Powerful sentiment, indeed. The song isn’t likely to make the US charts in the native tongue, but the English translation might make more than a few women artists in the US see possibilities in its powerful and extremely positive message, especially in this age of #MeToo. And the song has a pretty decent following among EuroVision fans, so this is one song that might end up surprising some people in the end…
Slovenia made their debut in EuroVision in 1993, and have participated twenty three times since, missing 1994 and 2000. Their best showing has been seventh place, which they’ve managed twice, in 1995 and 2001. They have missed the final ten times overall.
Here’s the official music video – see what you think…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
We’re featuring THREE songs a day the rest of this week, FOUR songs each day this weekend, and will wrap things up with three final songs next Monday! After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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