Alenka Gotar gave an exclusive interview to esctoday.com Spanish editor Sanjay Jiandani last week during her trip to Madrid, Spain. Alenka was invited to perform at the 6th Gala of Mision Eurovision where she excelled in every possible way and won the hearts of the Spanish public with her magnificent and powerful voice. She sang her Eurovision entry 'Cvet z juga'
Alenka Gotar will be representing Slovenia in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki with her song 'Cvet z juga'. She spoke to esctoday Spanish editor Sanjay Jiandani about her experience in EMA the Slovenian Eurovision preselection, her ambitions and hopes for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki.
Alenka, who is a well known soprano singer, revealed to esctoday that the Slovenian entry will be sung in Slovenian in Helsinki and that the filming of the official video of the Slovenian Eurovision 2007 entry will commence soon. Alenka was more than happy to visit the Spanish capital where she got the chance to visit the Palacio Real (Royal Palace).
Tell us about your experience since you won the Slovenian Eurovision preselection EMA and were chosen to represent Slovenia in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest ?
“Well I was really shocked that I won EMA, I wasn't expecting the people to vote for an opera song. I am an opera singer and I have my career in the opera field, I just wanted to experiment in another musical field and give it a try. I still cannot believe that I won, it hasnt hit me yet. Its like living a dream when I think about it and about going to Helsinki. I'm really very happy and its been wonderful.”
What do you think about having an opera song at the Eurovision Song Contest?
“Well I think its now the trend and fashion to have a mixture and fusion of different styles of music. Im glad that opera has found a place in Eurovision and I hope Europe accepts and loves my song.”
What would it mean for you and Slovenia to win the Eurovision Song Contest?
“It would be a great honour both for me and and for my country Slovenia to win the Eurovision. I will go to Helsinki and will give the best of myself. We will try to present the song in the best way possible and give a good performance. I want to have a great time with everyone there!”
Tell us about your career before Eurovision?
“I am an opera singer. I have studied piano, guitar and opera singing. I have also done theatrical studies and drama. I have been working for 8 seasons as a soloist in the State Opera in Ljubiana and now I'm working at the Maribor Opera in Slovenia. I have performed all around Europe before as an opera singer.”