Introducing 2010: Slovenia

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part twenty-six of the series is dedicated to the Slovene entry.

Basic information

Performers: Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari
Song: Narodnozabavni rock (Popular folk rock song)
Language: Slovene
Music: Marino Legovi�
Lyrics: Leon Oblak
Draw: 11th in the second semi final

The song

Narodnozabavni rock mixes traditional folk music with rock music. The lyrics reflect this mixture and they tell why both music styles are so great:

Polka je kraljica na slovenskih tleh
Poskrbi za ples, za vriskanje in smeh

Rock je kralj zabave, oster, a iskren
Vro� kot poletje, barvast kakor jesen

Naj bo, naj bo, naj bo premik v glavi
Naj bo, naj bo, naj bo kot pozitiven šok

Polka is the Queen on Slovene soil
It is the reason for dancing, shouting and laughter

Rock is the king of entertainment, a tough but honest one
As hot as summer, as colourful as autumn

Let it be, let it be, a change of mind
Let it be, let it be, a positive shock

The performers

Ansambel Žlindra was founded by Rok Žlindra, who had been playing the accordion since he was a child. He was joined by Barbara Ogrinc, Nejc DrobniÄ� and Rok Modic. Their debut album Najlepše je, kadar sva skupaj was released in 2007.

Kalamari was founded in 1993 and the band has enjoyed success on homeground, especially due to their second album S tabo držim. Kalamari have relased seven CDs to date and the most recent one half a year ago. On stage in Oslo, the band will be represented by Jože Pepi Jež and Matjaž Švagelj.

Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari joined forces for the Slovene national final for the Eurovision Song Contest with Ansambel Žlindra representing the folk genre and Kalamari representing the rock genre. With their programmatic song Narodnozabavni rock, they won both the semi final and the final by a landslide.

The songwriters

The Slovene entry was written by Marino Legovi� (music) and Leon Oblak (lyrics). Marino Legovi� has been enjoying a long career as a composer and he is the band behind a series of festival winning songs. He has worked as a songwriter for acts like Bazar and Karamela. Leon Oblak is known as a frequent competitior in music festivals too, and he has already won awards for Best lyricist.

The national selection

EMA 2010 followed a similar format as last year, although this year the winners whould be chosen by televoting only. 14 acts competed in the semi final and seven of them were chosen to compete in the final, where they would meet the seven pre-qualified acts. Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari won both the semi final and the final by a landslide.

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia entered the Eurovision Song Contest as an independant country in 1993, when they had hosted andwon the semi final in Eastern Europe. Since then the country has finished in the top ten only three times in a final including their best result – two seventh places – in 1995 and 2001. 2007 was the only time Slovenia managed to qualify from the semi final under the current format. Under the flag of Yugoslavia, songs from Slovenia took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1961 (which was the debut of Yugoslavia), 1962, 1966, 1967,1970 and 1975.

Sloveniji s skupino Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari želimo veliko sre�e in obilico uspeha v Oslu!


Performance in the national final/Preview video:

Ansambel Roka Žlindre with Spomin na poletno no�:

Kalamari with Angelca:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Azerbaijani entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Croatia
  13. Finland
  14. Greece
  15. Ukraine
  16. Lithuania
  17. Belgium
  18. Norway
  19. Portugal
  20. Moldova
  21. The Netherlands
  22. The United Kingdom
  23. Latvia
  24. Serbia
  25. France

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