Ana Soklič has revealed “Amen”, her entry for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tonight, EMA 2021 was broadcast in Slovenia, and was used to unveil Ana Soklič’s entry to the Eurovision 2021 entry “Amen”. Ana performed the song live for the song time, following a show celebrating Slovenia’s history at the Eurovision Song Contest, 55 years after the first Slovenian song was performed at the contest. “Amen” was internally selected from over 190 songs submitted to the broadcaster RTVSLO, and selected by a panel of past Eurovision entrants, composers, songwriters and representatives of the broadcaster.
Little had been known about Ana’s song until this evening, but she had hinted that the song would be different to her 2020 Eurovision entry “Voda”, with her previous entry being sung entirely in Slovenian and “Amen” being entirely in English. Among the songwriters involved with “Amen” team is Charlie Mason, who has been involved with such Eurovision entries as Maraaya’s “Here For You” (Slovenia 2015), and Austria’s winning song from 2014 “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
Ana will perform “Amen” in the 1st half of the 1st semi-final on 18 May.
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
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.