Artist: Lea Sirk
Song: Hvala, Ne!
Betting Odds: 501/1
Slovenia don’t have the best reputation at Eurovision. Sure they’ve had their moments of success most recently with Maraaya finishing 14th in 2015 and a couple of top ten finishes in 1995 and 2001, but apart from that they have finished at the bottom of the leader board or not qualified for the final. Hoping to give the nation a turnaround in fortune in 2018 is singer Lea Sirk. She will head to Lisbon with her song ‘Hvala, Ne!’ (‘No Thanks’).
The song harks back to the late Noughties craze of dub step. It opens with a confident almost marching band-esque drum beat, adds some electronica and tops it off with an infectious chorus which repeats the song’s mantra ‘Hvala Ne Ne Ne!’.
The song’s lyrics make it a confident anthem for improving your self-confidence. In the chorus Lea reveals ‘The secret is in this/that you don’t sell yourself to everyone’. It’s about giving a voice to the voiceless and persevering, not letting others get you down.
The staging for the song reflects this with a great, confidence-boosting dance routine. Some elements of the routine evoke the self-assuredness and conviction seen in Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’. Instead of tight black leotards, Lea’s backing dancers have sparkly bras and feathery cardigans. The routine throws in additional elements such as the photo frames the dancers hold up in order to mirror Lea’s actions back to her.
The performance has scope to be high-octane and entertaining, Lea’s vocal impresses and the song is accomplished. Despite having this masterful package, I’m not sure it will translate into a decent result for Slovenia and unfortunately don’t think they’ll make the final.
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Lea Sirk!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!