Ana Soklič, the Slovenian representative for Eurovision 2021, has spoken about the message behind her entry “Amen”.
Speaking in an interview on the RTVSLO 1 show Vikend paket, Ana explained that the lyrics of the song are partly autobiographical with the message of continuing on, even through dark times. When asked about the repeated use of “Amen” and “Hallelujah” throughout the song, she replied:
“I always use these two words for the intuitive feeling that I have chosen the right path, which I underline with these two words. It’s an inner feeling. On the one hand, we have partners standing by our side, and on the other, each person is themselves. They manage so many worlds within themselves and what you feel is the best in yourself usually pays off.”
Ana also spoke of her feelings between the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 and preparations for Eurovision 2021:
“It’s very difficult to summarise in a few sentences what an interesting period it is for me. It’s a big responsibility for a person to wait a year, subconsciously you’re always afraid that you’ll keep that genuine energy for another year.
Ana thanked her team for this year’s contest; arranger Žiga Pirnat, co-composer of the song Bojan Simončič, the African-American Gospel Choir, who provided backing vocals, and co-songwriter Charlie Mason. She also revealed that she is open to improving the performance before the contest:
“A piece of advice I received over the past year was to welcome not only the positive, but also the bad things. I like to hear because they are always a good starting point so you can further upgrade the situation in terms of the whole package. I still see how a little thing that could be better would always fix a little more. I am friends with the people I work and create with, and they always have a wide open door for me to tell me their opinion. Because I can improve the next step at most.”
Ana will perform “Amen” in the 1st half of the 1st semi-final on 18 May.
Image source: Adrian Pregelj / RTVSLO / Source: RTVSLO
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.