Slovenia

1993 Preliminary Heat

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Basic information
Date: 
3 April 1993
Contest type: 
Semi-Final 1
Venue: 
RTVSLO Studios, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Broadcaster: 
RTVSLO
Presenter(s): 
Tajda Lecse
Other shows this year: 
About the contest: 

Such was the interest in the contest from countries who wanted to enter, that the EBU decided to hold the first ever qualifying round to decide some of the line up in Millstreet. The break up of Yugoslavia gave the EBU five more members keen to join the Eurovision family. The new freedoms in Eastern Europe also added to the list of nations queuing at the door. So that these new countries could play their part while ensuring that the contest didn’t become a marathon show, Slovenia played host to the preliminary round, which host broadcaster, RTVSLO, called Kvalifikacija za Millstreet, in front of an audience which could be described as non plussed.

The top three countries would qualify for the contest the following month. The lucky three were all former Yugoslav republics, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. However, it could all have been so different. Going into the final round of voting, Slovakia was in the lead and were about to give it’s scores. There was only one combination of votes that would doom Elán to finishing outside the all important top 3. Guess what - that was exactly the sequence of votes that the Slovaks gave, and so Elán ended in fourth place and were left to rue what might have been. On the plus side, it did prove that the voting was above board.

For the unlucky four who didn’t travel to Ireland, their exclusion was only temporary. The EBU changed the rules so that, instead of qualifying through a similar process for the 1994 contest, the countries finishing in the bottom seven in Millstreet would automatically be out of the next contest to make way for those left out. This meant that Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia would all make their debuts in 1994. 

The voting was in the traditional Eurovision style, with juries awarding points from 1-8, then 10 and 12.

About the songs: 
 FazlaFazla Bosnia - Fazla - Sva Bol Svijeta (Bosnian)

Writer/Lyrics: Dino Dervishalidovic/ Dino Dervishalidovic, Fahrudin Pecikkoza

Conductor: Esad Amautalic

Bosnia’s transition to independent state was the most violent and tragic of all the former Yugoslav republics. The song which represented them in Ljubljana is a suitably touching ballad which is immersed in atmosphere. Fazla and Bosnia were destined to win a lot of hearts when they travelled to Millstreet. 

 PutPut Croatia - Put - Don't Ever Cry (Croatian)

Writer/Lyrics: Andrej Basa, Dorde Novkovic/Andrej Basa, Dorde Novkovic

Conductor: Andrej Basa

Croatia’s first entry is a soft melodic number that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Considering their early draw, it was a bit surprising that Don’t Ever Cry wasn’t drowned by its competitors.

 Janika SillamaaJanika Sillamaa Estonia - Janika Sillamaa - Meretut Meelt Ja Sudametuld (Estonian)

Writer/Lyrics: Andres Valkonen/Leelo Tungal

Conductor: Peeter Lilje

Janika, the daughter of Kaari Sillamaa (who went on to write future Estonian entries) was asked to perform all the songs in the Estonian final. Most of the songs she was given were ballads, including Meretut Meelt Ja Sudametuld. Janika’s youthful voice adds a wistful feel to the slow building song, which is like a lullaby early on. 

 Andrea SzulakAndrea Szulak Hungary - Andrea Szulak - Arva Reggel (Hungarian)

Writer/Lyrics: Laszlo Pasztor/György Jakab, Emesi Hatvani

Conductor: Petar Ugrin

Andrea came on to the stage looking dressed for a rock song. In fact, she was about to sing a gentle ballad of good quality. Although it doesn’t build much in the way that most ballads do, there is enough variety in the construction of the song for it not to become boring. 

 Dida DraganDida Dragan Romania - Dida Dragan - Nu Pleca (Romanian)

Writer/Lyrics: Adrian Ordean/Dida Dragan

Conductor: George Natsis

Without doubt, the most passionate and dramatic performance of the night came from Dida. Her arms moved around as if her life depended on it and her voice emoted the words in fine style. In a performance like this, there is always a fine line between bringing the audience into your world, making them feel what you are feeling, and going over the top. Dida went slightly towards the latter with her striking ballad. 

 1X Band1X Band Slovenia - 1X Band - Tih Dezeven Dan (Slovenia)

Writer/Lyrics: Cole Moretti/Tomaz Kosec

Conductor: Petar Ugrin

1X Band won the preliminary contest in their own capital. Tih Dezeven Dan is more positive than the songs from the other Yugoslav republics. Perhaps this is a reflection of how much easier it was for Slovenia to achieve independence than it proved for some of the other Yugoslav republics.

 ElánElán Slovakia - Elán - Amnestia Na Neveru (Slovakian)
 
Writer/Lyrics: Jan Baláz/Jozef Ráz

Conductor: Vladimir Valovic

Slovakia’s history in the contest is one of not getting just reward. Here is the start of that unlucky run. Rock band, Elán’s power ballad thoroughly deserved to travel to Millstreet, but the Slovaks shot themselves in the foot with their voting. Elan were also the most professional act on show.  

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