Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007

Slovenia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 with the song "Cvet z juga" written by Andrej Babić. The song was performed by Alenka Gotar. Slovenian broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija) organised the national final EMA 2007 in order to select the Slovenian entry for the 2007 contest in Helsinki, Finland. The national final consisted of two semi-finals and a final where the winner was selected over two rounds of public voting. The top two entries in the first round competed in the second round where "Cvet z juga" performed by Alenka Gotar was eventually selected as the winner.

Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Country Slovenia
National selection
Selection processEMA 2007
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
1 February 2007
2 February 2007
Final:
3 February 2007
Selected entrantAlenka Gotar
Selected song"Cvet z juga"
Selected songwriter(s)Andrej Babić
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (7th, 140 points)
Final result15th, 66 points
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2006 2007 2008►

Slovenia competed in the semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2007. Performing during the show in position 25, "Cvet z juga" was announced among the top 10 entries of the semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 12 May. This marked the first time that Slovenia qualified to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest from a semi-final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004. It was later revealed that Slovenia placed seventh out of the 28 participating countries in the semi-final with 140 points. In the final, Slovenia performed in position 7 and placed fifteenth out of the 24 participating countries, scoring 66 points.

BackgroundEdit

Prior to the 2007 Contest, Slovenia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times since its first entry in 1993.[1] Slovenia's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been seventh place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 1995 with the song "Prisluhni mi" performed by Darja Švajger and in 2001 with the song "Energy" performed by Nuša Derenda. The country's only other top ten result was achieved in 1997 when Tanja Ribič performing "Zbudi se" placed tenth. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the contest in 2004, Slovenia had yet to manage to qualify to the final on one occasion. In 2006, "Mr Nobody" performed by Anžej Dežan failed to qualify to the final.

The Slovenian national broadcaster, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija), broadcasts the event within Slovenia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. RTV Slovenija confirmed Slovenia's participation in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest on 27 October 2006. The Slovenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has traditionally been selected through a national final entitled Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA), which has been produced with variable formats. For 2007, the broadcaster opted to organise EMA 2007 to select the Slovenian entry.[2]

Before EurovisionEdit

EMA 2007Edit

EMA 2007 was the 12th edition of the Slovenian national final format Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). The competition was used by RTV Slovenija to select Slovenia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The 2007 edition of EMA took place at the Gospodarsko razstavišče in Ljubljana and consisted of three shows: two semi-finals and a final. The competition was broadcast on TVS 1 and online via the broadcaster's website rtvslo.si.[3]

FormatEdit

Twenty-four songs competed in three televised shows consisting of two semi-finals on 1 and 2 February 2007 and a final on 3 February 2007. Twelve songs competed in each semi-final with public televoting exclusively selecting seven finalists out of the twelve songs to proceed to the final. In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of public televoting. In the first round, two out of the fourteen competing songs were selected to proceed to a superfinal. In the superfinal, the winner was determined.

Competing entriesEdit

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 27 November 2006 and 3 December 2006.[4] 91 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. An expert committee consisting of Miša Čermak (lyricist), Alenka Godec (singer), Vojko Sfiligoj (musician and composer) and Patrik Greblo (conductor and composer) selected twenty-three artists and songs for the competition from the received submissions, while an additional entry was provided by Eva Černe, the third season's winner of the talent show Bitka Talentov, who was directly invited by RTV Slovenija for the competition. The competing artists were announced on 12 December 2006.[5]

Artist Song Songwriter(s)
Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" Andrej Babić
Alya "Vizija" Žare Pak, Peter Dekleva, Flex, Cvetka Omladič
Bojana Glatz "Vse se isto zdi" Bojana Glatz, Aleš Čadež
Brigitt "Prižgi vecni plamen" Brigita Lupša
Dean Vivod and Tonus Kitaris "Hitmejker" Franci Zabukovec, Dean Vivod
Denis "Nor sem nate" Zvone Tomac, Denis Vučak
Diona Dimm "Oče" Bojan Simončič, Ana Soklič, Gašper Kačar
Don Corleone "Bella mia" Egon Herman, Jernej Dirnbek
Eva Černe "Čudeži smehljaja" Boštjan Grabnar, Damjana Kenda-Hussu
Eva Moškon and Črnobelo "Ljubim se" Klemen Teran
Folklora "19XX" Samo Javornik
Jernej Dermota "Moj planet" Frenk Nova, Urša Mravlje Fajon
Lunapark "Slike" Mark Lemer, Apolonija Šterk
Martin Perović "Zadeni me" Simon Gomilšek, Diana Lečnik
Nude "Element L" Teodor Amanovič, Gaber Marolt
Panda "Nemirna leta" Andrej Pompe
Rok Kosmač "Ko še spiš" Rok Kosmač
Sebastian "Naj svet zakriči" Boštjan Grabnar, Sebastian
Steffy and Donald Trumpet "Zadel si me v živo" Marino Legovič, Damjana Kenda-Hussu
Tadeja Fatur "Drugačna (pesem)" Bor Zuljan, Leon Oblak
Teja Haver "Virtual Girl" Aleš Čadež, Teja Haver
Zablujena generacija "Kdo hoče plesati z menoj?" Matjaž Alič, Dare Kaurič
Žana "Druga violina" Josip Miani-Pipi, Igor Amon Mazul
Zlati muzikanti "Pepelka" Marko Pezdric, Slavko Božic

Semi-finalsEdit

Semi-final 1Edit

The first semi-final of EMA 2007 took place on 1 February 2007, hosted by Bernarda Žarn and Peter Poles. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2001 Slovenian Eurovision entrant Nuša Derenda, 2006 Slovenian Eurovision entrant Anžej Dežan and Eroica performed as guests. A public vote selected seven entries to proceed to the final: "Bella Mia" performed by Don Corleone, "Hitmejker" performed by Dean Vivod & Tonus Kitaris, "Kdo hoče plesati z menoj?" performed by Zablujena generacija, "Cvet z juga" performed by Alenka Gotar, "Naj svet zakriči" performed by Sebastian, "Zadeni me" performed by Martin Perovič and "Vizija" performed by Alya.

Semi-final 1 – 1 February 2007
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Panda "Nemirna leta" 460 12
2 Lunapark "Slike" 689 10
3 Eva Moškon and Črnobelo "Ljubim se" 1,429 8
4 Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" 2,908 4
5 Zablujena generacija "Kdo hoče plesati z menoj?" 4,003 3
6 Jernej Dermota "Moj planet" 1,083 9
7 Martin Perović "Zadeni me" 2,291 6
8 Sebastian "Naj svet zakriči" 2,439 5
9 Alya "Vizija" 1,944 7
10 Diona Dimm "Oče" 672 11
11 Dean Vivod and Tonus Kitaris "Hitmejker" 4,217 2
12 Don Corleone "Bella mia" 5,081 1
Semi-final 2Edit

The second semi-final of EMA 2007 took place on 2 February 2007, hosted by Mojca Mavec and Gorazd Dominko. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Saša Lendero and Pepel in kri performed as guests. A public vote selected seven entries to proceed to the final: "Čudeži smehljaja" performed by Eva Černe, "Element L" performed by Nude, "Pepelka" performed by Zlati muzikanti, "Zadel si me v živo" performed by Steffy & Donald Trumpet, "Nor sem nate" performed by Denis, "Druga violina" performed by Žana and "Drugačna (pesem)" performed by Tadeja Fatur.

Semi-final 2 – 2 February 2007
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Eva Černe "Čudeži smehljaja" 5,144 1
2 Bojana Glatz "Vse se isto zdi" 454 12
3 Brigitt "Prižgi vecni plamen" 871 11
4 Folklora "19XX" 1,409 8
5 Rok Kosmač "Ko še spiš" 1,279 9
6 Teja Haver "Virtual Girl" 1,004 10
7 Nude "Element L" 4,362 2
8 Žana "Druga violina" 2,396 6
9 Zlati muzikanti "Pepelka" 3,143 3
10 Tadeja Fatur "Drugačna (pesem)" 1,690 7
11 Steffy and Donald Trumpet "Zadel si me v živo" 3,107 4
12 Denis "Nor sem nate" 2,875 5

FinalEdit

The final of EMA 2007 took place on 3 February 2007, hosted by Helena Blagne and Mario Galunič. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 1997 Eurovision winner as part of Katrina and the Waves Katrina Leskanich, 2006 Bosnian Eurovision entrant Hari Mata Hari, Jan Plestenjak, Jure Godler, Rožmarinke and Heleno Blagne performed as guests. The winner was selected over two rounds of public voting. In the first round, the top two entries were selected to proceed to the second round: "Cvet z juga" performed by Alenka Gotar and "Čudeži smehljaja" performed by Eva Černe. In the second round, "Cvet z juga" performed by Alenka Gotar was selected as the winner.

Final – 3 February 2007
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Alya "Vizija" 3,971 12
2 Zlati muzikanti "Pepelka" 6,141 8
3 Dean Vivod and Tonus Kitaris "Hitmejker" 6,500 7
4 Nude "Element L" 9,136 5
5 Sebastian "Naj svet zakrici" 5,567 9
6 Denis "Nor sem nate" 3,806 13
7 Don Corleone "Bella mia" 10,596 3
8 Tadeja Fatur "Drugacna (pesem)" 1,791 14
9 Zablujena generacija "Kdo hoce plesati z menoj" 9,953 4
10 Žana "Druga violina" 7,804 6
11 Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" 20,123 2
12 Steffy and Donald Trumpet "Zadel si me v živo" 5,193 10
13 Martin Perović "Zadeni me" 4,467 11
14 Eva Černe "Čudeži smehljaja" 20,509 1
Super Final – 3 February 2007
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Alenka Gotar "Cvet z juga" 44,636 1
2 Eva Černe "Čudeži smehljaja" 31,324 2

PromotionEdit

Alenka Gotar made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote "Cvet z juga" as the Slovenian Eurovision entry. On 24 February, Alenka Gotar performed during the final of the Spanish Eurovision national final Misión Eurovisión 2007.[6] The following day, Gotar performed during the Montenegrin Eurovision national final MontenegroSong 2007. On 1 March, Gotar performed during the Bosnian song presentation show BH Eurosong 2007. On 7 March, Gotar performed during the semi-final of the Serbian Eurovision national final Beovizija 2007. In April, Gotar completed promotional activities in Croatia and Macedonia where she appeared on television programmes and talk shows.[7]

At EurovisionEdit

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country, the "Big 4" (France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom) and the ten highest placed finishers in the 2006 contest are required to qualify from the semi-final in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. On 12 March 2007, a special allocation draw was held which determined the running order for the semi-final. As one of the five wildcard countries, Slovenia chose to perform in position 25, following the entry from Belgium and before the entry from Turkey. At the end of the semi-final, Slovenia was announced as having finished in the top ten and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the first time that Slovenia qualified to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest from a semi-final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004. It was later revealed that the Slovenia placed seventh in the semi-final, receiving a total of 140 points.[8]

Shortly after the semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine the running order of the final. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Slovenia was drawn to perform in position 7, following the entry from Macedonia and before the entry from Hungary. Slovenia placed fifteenth in the final, scoring 66 points.[9]

In Slovenia, the semi-final and the final were televised on RTV Slovenija with commentary by Mojca Mavec. The Slovenian spokesperson, who announced the Slovenian votes during the final, was Peter Poles.

VotingEdit

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Slovenia and awarded by Slovenia in the semi-final and grand final of the contest. The nation awarded its 12 points to Serbia in the semi-final and the final of the contest.

Points awarded to SloveniaEdit

Points awarded by SloveniaEdit

ReferencesEdit

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