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Slovenia: “Stop the Music” – Lea Sirk

Lea Sirk has adapted her performance of “Hvala, ne” for the Grand Final, changing the moment where the music is cut.

During the family show for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Lea Sirk has introduced changes to her performance of “Hvala, ne”. The singer whose performance includes a moment when the music cuts, had previously stated during “Where’s the music”.

The moment was played as a technical mistake and called Lea asked for the audiences help to recover. Now Lea asks for the music to be stopped so that the audience can sing along with her. This changes the way in which the moment will be viewed by the audience tonight, from a technical issue to a deliberate act of including the audience.

Lea Sirk is Slovenia’s 24th entry at the Eurovision Song Contest, the nation has been present at the contest every year since 2001. She has already participated twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, both times as a backing vocalist for Slovenia. The first time was as with Tinkara Kovac and Round and Round in 2014 when the country made it to the grand final. Lea was also backing vocalist for ManuElla in Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm but on that occasion, the Slovenian song Blue and Red failed to progress to the grand final.

Slovenia was one of three countries to join the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. The country qualified through a specially organised selection round called “Kvalifikacija za Millstreet” which was hosted in Slovenia, seven countries competed for three spots in Eurovision 1993. The country has participated in 22 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their best result came in 1995 when Darja Švajger finished 7th scoring a total of 84 points, she is closely followed by Nuša Derenda who finished 7th in the 2001 contest with 70 points.

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