Participant(s): Hannah ManciniSong: Straight Into LoveWriter(s): Hannah Mancini, Marko PrimuzakComposer(s): H. Mancini, G. Zemljic, E. Margan, M. RodicStart position: 03. (1. Semi-Final)
Can you imagine that it’s almost 20 years since Slovenia has been participating for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest? These two decades are packed with a lot of wonderful memories, great singers and great songs. This year the Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has chosen Hannah as representative for Malmö. Hannah is American and by now she is living for six years in Slovenia already. She is a singer and author and has also worked for film music. In 2011 Hannah has participated in the Slovenian national final. This year she didn’t have to get through this procedure and has been picked directly.
The song “Straight Into Love” is a modern electro pop song, which seems to be a kind of trend in this year’s ESC. The Norwegian entry “I Feed You With My Love” has a similar intro. Judging by the video clip this entry has potential and could be improved for Malmö, as Hannah is only slightly moving and dancing. Therefore a more spectacular stage show is needed. This song has an interesting rhythm and a striking chorus.
Biggest success: 2x 7th place 1995 “Prisluhni Mi” by Darja Svaiger, 2001 “Energy” by Nusa Derenda, 1x 10th place
Slovenia has joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with the debut entry “Tih Dezeven Dan” by 1X Band and came 9th. This year in Malmö it will be the 19th time for Slovenia participating in the ESC. As one of the former ex-Yugoslav countries, Slovenia can look back to an additional 27-years-old history of Yugoslavian entries, where one victory with “Rock me” by Riva in 1989 could be celebrated. The Slovenes have participated since then with great enthusiasm and put every effort in well chosen songs of high quality with an international standard.
Slovenia is the only country from the ex-Yugoslav countries which does not benefit from the “Balkan Block Voting” like Croatia, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Since the semi finals have been introduced, Slovenia could only qualify two times. The most successful songs from Slovenia were: “Prisluhni mi” by Darja Svaiger in 1995 (7th), “Energy” in 2001 (7th) and “Vanillja” by Maja Keuc in 2011 (13th).