Slovenia: Darja Švajger in a stunning comeback!

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Darja Švajger, who has twice represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest, is back with a stunning new music video.

The music video for Sončen dan – which translates as A Sunny Day – was filmed above the beautiful geography of the Karst region in the Slovenian Littoral, and in an abandoned quarry near Slovenia’s capital city of Ljubljana.  This is Darja’s first music video since For A Thousand Years, her Eurovision Song Contest entry of 1999.

Watch the official video below:

Written by Žiga Pirnat and Andraž Gliha, Sončen dan was victorious at the 2014 Slovenian Song Festival (Slovenska Popevka), receiving the most televotes.  Watch Darja’s performance below:

First broadcast in 1962, Slovenska Popevka features live performances from contestants with backing from the RTV Slovenia Symphonic Orchestra.  The show mainly concentrates on traditional Slovenian schlager music (“slovenska popevka”) and contemporary styles.  Slovenska Popevka is the most prestigious song festival in Slovenia, besides Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA), which determines the country’s representative at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Žiga Pirnat (pictured above) and Andraž Gliha both have Eurovision national final history, having entered songs in Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine.  Their composition Shine of Your Star by Vasyl Lazarovych finished in second place at the first of of the two Ukrainian national selection finals of 2010.  Žiga Pirnat also co-wrote and produced Time to Rise by Maja, which featured in Ireland’s Eurosong final of 2008.

One of Slovenia’s most renowned singers, Darja Švajger made her Eurovision Song Contest debut in 1995.  Her entry Prisluhni mi (Listen to me) secured a seventh place finish.  With a combination of a Top 10 placing and 84 points in total, this is Slovenia’s best result to date.

Darja returned to Eurovision in 1999, where she charmed the Jerusalem audience with the ballad For a Thousand Years.  Her entry finished in eleventh place at the Grand Final with a total of 50 points.

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