Lea Sirk will represent Slovenia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Lea Sirk!
1. Lea Sirk was born 1 September 1989 in Koper, Slovenia (formerly Yugoslavia).
2. She is a pop singer and songwriter and has been active since 2006.
3. She has participated in the Slovenian Eurovision selection process on four occasions (2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018).
4. In 2009 she came ninth in the final of the Slovenian selection show with the song ‘Znamenje iz sanj’. Other competitors this year included to two time Slovenian representative Omar Naber and the show was won by Quartissimo feat. Martina Majerle’s song ‘Love Symphony’. The song failed to qualify for the final of Eurovision that year.
5. Lea returned to EMA in 2010 with the song ‘Vampir je moj poet’. She didn’t improve on her previous attempt and the song finished tenth in the Slovenian final. She was beaten by Ansambel Roka Žlindre & Kalamari’s song ‘Narodnozabavni Rock’. This song again failed to make it to the Grand Final of Eurovision.
6. Lea took an extended break from EMA after this and focused on her career outside of the competition. In the period 2010-2017 she released a number of singles in Slovenia including the tracks ‘Vse je le’, ‘A bi? Ti bi!’, ‘Song 6’, ‘Čudovit je svet’, ‘Ura je 8’ and ‘Tako je’.
7. During this time she also released the album ‘Roža’.
8. In 2017, Lea returned to compete at EMA. She entered with the song ‘Freedom’, however this failed to advance from the first semi final and was eliminated from the competition. The contest was won by Omar Naber who went on to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2017 with ‘On My Way’. This song did not make it to the final of Eurovision 2017.
9. Lea’s fourth bid for Eurovision came in 2018 when she competed again in the Slovenian selection show EMA. With the help of the public vote, Lea’s ‘Hvala, Ne!’ made it through the semi final stage and was selected as the Slovenian song for Eurovision 2018 beating the likes of BQL, Indigo and Nuška Drašček.
10. ‘Hvala, ne!’ (or ‘Thanks, No!’ in English) was written by Lea Sirk and Tomy DeClerque. The song will be performed in Slovene, this is the first time this has happened since 2012.