Ana Soklič has informed RTVSLO that she is debating whether to change the language she will perform ‘Voda’ in at Eurovision.
Speaking after her victory in EMA last night, Ana Soklič has stated she will discuss with her team whether to change the language ‘Voda’ is performed in.
The singer told RTVSLO that the song had originally been written in English, but that she had decided to change the song into Slovenian for EMA, so that it would reach more viewers. She commented:
Slovenian is a wonderful language to be nurtured.
Ana stated that she was surprised to have won EMA and to be representing Slovenia in Rotterdam;
I wanted to present my song because there are few opportunities to present your own work. After all, EMA is an event that is watched and listened to by many people, it is a great starting point for presenting my own creation and in this way then the possibilities for further development.
Ana was selected alongside Lina Kuduzović to go through to the super final by a three person jury formed of Darja Švajger, Nuša Derenda in Maja Keuc. In the super final the public voted with Ana receiving 5,035 votes to Lina Kuduzović’s 4,369 votes.
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.