At 2100 GMT on Saturday 22nd February Slovenian radio announced Tanja Ribic (seen here) will represent Slovenia in Dublin with 'Zbudi se' (Wake Up), a haunting slow lullaby-like song.
The Slovenian public picked the song after a telephone vote.
Report from your editor, Geoff Harrison:
A truly excellent contest, with some fine songs, and a winner with a real chance.
The show opened with our presenter, Mojca Mavec, introducing the first of thirteen songs onto a simple stage with huge fabric 'chandeliers' hanging down, and plenty of 'fog'.
Here was the line up and scores(thanks to Tobias Larsson and Marko Prpic) for the Slovenian contest, held on February 22nd in Ljubljana:
After the commercial break, phone lines were opened for just ten minutes for the public, but here was a clever twist, as votes were displayed in real time as the numbers were clocking up. This must have added to the excitment of the usually dull idea of a phone vote.
While numbers were clicking we had a choir sing the 1966 Yugoslav entry, Brez Bresed, and Norina Radovan sang 'Ti in jaz', a jazz song.
Pretty soon the trophy for what is now called the 'Ema' (Is this a case of copying neighbour Croatia's Dora, I wonder?) was presented, and Tanja did it again.
It will be a great pity if Tanja doesn't do well in Dublin
An earlier report from Damir Ivankic:
I saw Slovenian final in Saturday and must say they have chosen a good song that could do well in Dublin. "Zbudi se" is ethnically inspired but not Slovenian though considering that the composer is a Bosnian Croat. Other songs were not so good although they had invited composers this year. It's enough to say that Darja's song was really like the watered copy of "Prisluhni mi" but it anyway anded up second. You can imagine how the others were.
My pre-contest background:
M4M are a couple of girls (Mirjam Beranek and Maja Lesnik) whose only album "Straight to you" is very commercial, if old-fashioned, pop. It is all in English.
Darja Svajger came 7th when she represented Slovenia in the 1995 contest in Dublin, and was the interval act in last year's Slovenian contest.
Vili Resnik and Irena Vrckovnic performed in the 1996 Slovenian contest, which you can review at my attic site.
This year's contest has a home page at this link, but its in Slovenian (thanks to Tobias Larsson for the news of this link).