Eurovision 2021 Slovenia profile: 'Amen' by Ana Soklič
Slovenia in Eurovision
Slovenia first debuted in Eurovision, after previously entered as part of Yugoslavia, in 1993, and have hence competed twenty-six times.
Despite their long list of entries the country, which won Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017, has somewhat struggled to place within the top competitors, achieving their best position of seventh twice: in 1995 with ‘Prisluhni mi’ by Darja Švajger and in 2001 with ‘Energy’ by Nuša Derenda.
Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004 Slovenia has managed six qualifications, most recently in 2019 with Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl, who finished in fifteenth place with their song ‘Sebi’.
2021 Entry: Ana Soklič - ‘Amen’
Ana Soklič will compete in Semi-final 1, and will perform 2nd in the running order
My Eurovision Scoreboard fan ranking: 31st out of 39 entries
Odds to win ranking: 36th out of 39 entries
Odds to qualify ranking: 16th out of 16 entries
(rankings as of 30th of April, 2021)
About Ana Soklič
Ana Soklič will represent Slovenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, following her selection at Slovenia’s representive for the cancelled 2020 edition of the contest, and subsequent reselection by RTV Slovenija.
Born in Savica, Ana Soklič comes with a wealth of competition experience, between her study of music including from the two-time Slovenia representative Darja Švajger (1995, 1999), as well as prior participation in EMA (the Slovenia national selection show), as well as multiple entries in the Slovenian Song Festival.
About the song
After the announcement, back in 2020, that Ana Soklič would remain as the Slovenian representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, a submission period was opened for composers to submit song for consideration to the Slovenian broadcaster.
Following this, a shortlist of three entries was chosen by an expert committee, with an alternative expert committee selecting the eventual entry, ‘Amen’, from the three. ‘Amen’ was written by Bojan Simončič, Žiga Pirnat, Charlie Mason and Ana Soklič, with the likes of Mason having had previously achieved Eurovision success, co-writing the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 winning entry ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’.
Since its first performance back in this February on EMA 2021, alternative versions of the song have been released, such as this acapella version below:
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