Only a few days ago, we saw 16 talented artists take to the stage, all hoping to represent Slovenia at Eurovision this year. From that group, a total of eight acts qualified to the final which took place last night. This year all the competing songs had to be in Slovene, or a language used in Slovenia, however as we saw, two of the entries in the final decided to switch to English.
Here is the line-up:
Lea Sirk – Hvala, Ne!
Indigo – Vesna
Ina Shai – Glow
BQL – Promise
Marina Martensson – Blizu
Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu
Proper – Ukraden cvet
Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj
The voting for the show was made up of both jury and televote, with the jury vote coming from OGAE Slovenia, local musicians as well as previous Eurovision participants such as Kristian Kostov, Aminata, Emmelie de Forest, Dami Im and Bojana Stanenov. In the case of a tie, the public vote would decide who would win over the jury vote.
Let’s go through the voting, starting with the jury. The top points went to Lea Sirk with 68 points, which was well beyond any of the other competitors. In second with the jury was Lada Kadis with 38 points, and in third was BQL with 34. The remaining acts all received between 18 and 30 points, making the field fairly even apart from Lea Sirk, who charged ahead of the pack with her song Hvala, Ne!
With the televote, the winner was somewhat unsurprisingly BQL, who are a crowd favourite. They received 72 points, and in second was Nuška Drašček with 60 points. In third with the televoters was Lea Sirk with 48 points.
With the points combined, it was Lea Sirk who topped the tables, and she will go on to represent Slovenia with her high energy number Hvala, ne! In second place was BQL, and in third was Nuška Drašček.