Slovenia: Ana Soklič – Amen
Felix: There’s not much talk about Slovenia this year, and I wonder why that is.
With Ana Soklič, we have a very talented singer here (what a voice!), performing an anthemic power ballad like there’s no other in this semi-final. It might seem a bit old fashioned for 2021, I’m getting a bit of “Darja Švajger 1999 vibes” actually (no surprise, Darja Švajger was the only person involved in both phases of the song selection process!), only this one is so much better.
“Amen” (this one at least) is what I call a strong song, and a dark horse. I like its surprises, the drama, the room it gives for the singer to shine, and if she nails it, she WILL shine on the stage in Rotterdam (or anywhere).
But could it happen that the only female power ballad in this semi actually does NOT qualify? Will juries and televoters give it a chance? I see the danger there: The religious connotation might turn people off, as apparently is already happening with the Eurovision fans. I hope I’m wrong. It can go either way – the typical borderline candidate.
My bottom line is: I like it, and I wish Slovenia good luck.
Martin: I want to dislike “Amen” more than I actually do. I’m not being prejudiced there, it’s just that this kind of bombastic pseudo-inspirational stuff should be a turnoff to me. And yet sometimes when I listen to this it really hits home. The reason is probably Ana – she’s the strongest link.
Shi: What Martin said. Also, I’m curious to see if she can overcome the dreaded second position in the running order by being a pretty girl singing a pretty ballad prettily, which greatly improves qualification chances (Filipa and Evelina, I’m looking at you), especially in such an uptempo-heavy semi.
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