Introducing 2013: Slovenia

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Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy in Malmö. The thirty-second country to be introduced is Slovenia. The country is still awaiting victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. This year Hannah will carry the Slovenian hopes in Sweden.

Basic information

Performer: Hannah
Song: Straight into love
Language: English
Music: Hannah Mancini, Gregor Zemljic, Erik Margan, Matija Rodic
Lyrics: Hannah Mancini, Marko Primuzak

The song

This year’s Slovenian entry is an electronic up tempo song. The lyrics are highly metaphoric as the main theme is crazy love.

Faster than light, here comes the night
Tomorrow is now
You flow through my veins
Inside me you’ll stay
There is no doubt
No one in this world, no diamonds no pearls
Like your love divine
So high off the ground, we’ll never come down
No limit, no sky

Straight into love
We’ll break through the dawn
And light the world up from the sky when we collide
Straight into love
And never let go
We’ll light the world up from the sky into the night

The performer

Hannah who’s original name in Hannah Mancini is an American singer who works and lives in Slovenia. Together with Sylvain and Mike Vale, she took part in the Slovenian national final for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ti si tisti. Hannah has worked on multiple soundtracks for Disney films and has had the opportunity to collaborate in the studio with top songwriters in the industry like Todd Chapman and Grammy winning producer, Larry Klein. She also performed at Radio City Music Hall, Universal Amphitheatre and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

The songwriters

The writers of the Slovenian entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest are Hannah Mancini, Gregor Zemljic, Erik Margan, Matija Rodic and Marko Primuzak. Hannah Mancini is the singer who will perform on stage for Slovenia. Gregor Zemljic is a producer, musician, DJ, sound editor and lecturer. He has been in the music production business and in similar fields for 25 years. Erik Margan is a multimedia producer, musician, DJ, sound editor and graphic designer. During the last four years he has also been involved in video production, post-production, graphic design and animation. Matija Rodic is a music producer from Zagreb with five years of experience in this field. His piece entitled Retroboost won him third prize in the category Dubstep at the international contest BeatPort. Among his outstanding professional hits was his music for the K-Mart promotional project. Marko Primuzak is a Slovenian author and for the first time he is involved in the Eurovision field.

The national selection

Hannah was internally selected to represent Slovenia by the national broadcaster RTVSLO. In February she presented her entry i.e. Straight into love.

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia entered the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country in 1993, when they had hosted and won 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 & 2011 were the only times 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.


This will be Slovenia’s 19th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the eleventh time the country is represented by a female solo performer. Furthermore, it will be the sixth time that the song is performed entirely in English. Last Slovenian entry performed in English was in 2011 when Maja Keuc sang No one.

Slovenian vote in Eurovision

Slovenia gave its most points to Croatia but since the semi-final was introduced in 2004 the country gave awarded its maximum points to Bosnia & Herzegovina. Slovenia received its most points from Croatia.

The betting odds

According to, Slovenia is currently in the middle, at number 31 to win the Eurovision Song Contest, while it also doesn’t look favourable for the country to qualify as it is the fourteenth favourite to qualify from semi-final one.

Sloveniji z Hannah želimo veliko sreče in obilico uspeha v Malmö!


Preview clip

Song presentation

Ti si tisti

Tomorrow another country will be introduced (hint – I love…!)

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