Ana Soklič has spoken in a recent interview to RTV Slovenia about her 2021 Eurovision entry.
Speaking to the Sloveninan broadcaster, Ana has given us some clues about her song which is set to be revealed in the 2021 edition of Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) on Saturday evening.
Not much is known about the song, including the title and the writers. The song was one of over 190 songs which were submitted to the broadcaster and selected by an internal expert committee consisting of past Eurovision entrants, composers, songwriters and members of RTV Slovenia.
With regards to the writer of the song, Soklič has revealed that at least one of the authors is not Slovenian, and that they are responsible for a “series of victories” in Eurovision and has “collaborated with names we all know well”.
The 2020 Slovenian Entry was the ballad Voda, sung entirely in Slovenian. Ana has already assured us that the 2021 contender is “quite different from Voda but retains some common features”. We know that it is not a ballad and that the song will be entirely in English. When discussing the selection of songs, Ana said it was important to her that “you have to come on the stage with a story or a message that gives you the opportunity to perform persuasively”.
Ana has commented that the team around her are working hard on the last details of the stage presentation with the aim of “surprising much larger and more influential countries” and it appears that they are working hard on making it a visually impressive performance as she comments that a Eurovision viewer must be “employed” by all of the senses.
Soklič’s song will be revealed on the EMA 2021 show on Saturday 27th February at 20h CET on TV SLO 1. The show will celebrate the past six decades of Slovenian participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. It will be hosted by 2018 participant Lea Sirk and Nejc Šmit.
Who is Ana Soklic?
Ana Soklič was born in 1984 in Bohinj in northwestern Slovenia. From a young age, Anna Soklič developed and refined her musical skills at the local opera and jazz academy, before she started to write her own music. She was the lead singer of Diona Dim, with whom she previously tried to represent Slovenia in 2004 with the song “If you” and in 2007 with the song “Oče” (Father). In 2012, she participated the first and so far only series of X Factor Slovenia, where she finished fifth overall. In 2019, she participated in the Slovenka popevka festival with the song “Temni svet” (Dark world) and finished 10th overall.
Image Source: RTVSLO // Source: RTVSLO (In Slovenian)
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.