Slovenia’s had a rough go of it in the recent history of the Eurovision Song Contest. Since the introduction of semi-finals, it’s only made it to the final 3 times, with the most recent being last year’s “Round and Round”, which only squeaked through its semifinal to make it in. Looking over the past entries, it’s clear that Slovenia tends to march to the beat of its own drum, whether that drum is the type that will have broad appeal or not. Let’s see if this year’s entry has any luck:
First, let’s focus on the song itself. While the combination of the more jazzy style of singing with a more energetic backing mostly reminds me of remix compilations that mash up old standards with trip-hop, I think I like the main part of the song. Assuming she’s not lip-syncing here1, Maraaya has a pleasant voice, albeit one with a Ariana Grande-like tendency to make the words she’s singing sound like absolute gibberish. The generally uplifting “I’m here for you” theme feels nice and universal and definitely seems like it will have a broad appeal.
Okay, with that out of the way, let’s talk about the presentation in this video. I have so many unanswerable questions, you guys. Why is this taking place in a large, mostly-empty warehouse? Are the two other performers in the space aware they’re also being filmed? Is the long visible headphone cord part of the aesthetic? There are about 5 different ideas going on at once with this current presentation, and while on their own they’re all pretty cool (bionic violin lady, long dress, hyperactive stage lighting), together they’re almost a parody of the most Eurovision-y performance I can think of. I’m torn between wanting Slovenia to focus their performance on just a few of these elements and asking them to include as many more as they can fit.
- which I’m 99% certain she is ↵