It feels like Slovenia has a decent entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, if they can edit down their presentation.
Slovenia’s had a rough go of it in the recent history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since the introduction of semi-finals, it’s only made it to the final 3 times, with the most recent being last year’s “Round and Round”, which only squeaked through its semifinal to make it in. Looking over the past entries, it’s clear that Slovenia tends to march to the beat of its own drum, whether that drum is the type that will have broad appeal or not. Let’s see if this year’s entry has any luck:
First, let’s focus on the song itself. While the combination of the more jazzy style of singing with a more energetic backing mostly reminds me of remix compilations that mash up old standards with trip-hop, I think I like the main part of the song. Assuming she’s not lip-syncing here1, Maraaya has a pleasant voice, albeit one with a Ariana Grande-like tendency to make the words she’s singing sound like absolute gibberish. The generally uplifting “I’m here for you” theme feels nice and universal and definitely seems like it will have a broad appeal.
- which I’m 99% certain she is ↵