100 Days. 100 Songs. Coundown to Eurovision 2019 'Samo Ljiubezen'
The 7th of February marked exactly 100 hundred days until Eurovision, it seems fitting to celebrate this by counting down 100 days with 100 songs. The last sixty three years has brought us nearly eighteen hundred fantastic, and unique Eurovision entries that some will love, whist others might not like so much. Each day we will bring you a song, and give you details on how it performed at the contest, but also information on the artist, and find out what happened next? Join us on this journey as we countdown from day 100 to 1 where we will have another 43 songs to add to this list.
Day 90- Sestre - "Samo ljubezen" For Slovenia 2002
The year was 2002, and the contest was in it's 47th year, and would be the first time it would be held in the Baltics with Tallinn winning the honour to host after Dave Benton, Tanel Padar and 2XL stormed to victory the year before Copenhagen. It would see it's neighbour win this year as Latvia's uninspiring, "I Wanna" stole the crown of Malta's Ira Losco with the last set of votes. After initial fears that the country would not have the money to fund the event, this was soon put to rest after the Government, and sponsors helped put Estonia on the map. The show came live from Saku Suurhall, and hosted by two very over enthusiastic hosts Annely Peebo and Marko Matvere. The hosts would follow suit with others, that would see them sing in the show. It was a year of the "Big E", that also saw the first slogan in place at Eurovision, bringing a "really modern fairytale" to the proceedings. It saw the favourite Denmark coming last, whilst hosts Estonia who were represented by a Swede to the annoyance of some, came joint third with the United Kingdom. It would see Estonia host for the last time, with the United Kingdom making the top three for the last time too. The spokesperson Colin Berry for the UK, who had done the job for the last 25 years would also relinquish his role this year. The contest saw 24 countries compete. Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal would all withdraw, whilst Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Macedonia, Romania and Switzerland would all return after being absent the year before.
This year, Slovenia had opted to send something very unique, and glamorous to the competition. The country put their faith behind a trio of beauties. No ordinary beauties though, these were a drag act group that certainly added that little sparkle to the event. The group were called, "Sestre" (Sisters), and were dressed as cabin crew (something of a tradition at Eurovision in later years). The song would be called "Samo Ljubezen". It would however, fail to impress the voters who would only score the group 33 points. This was enough for a respectable 13th place finish. Some countries did like the act more than others. Eight countries would score them points with Croatia's 8 points, and the United Kingdom's 6 being the highest scores they achieved all night. No winner, but certainly a fun evergreen song from 2002. Check the song here:
Who Are Sestre?
Sestre are a famous drag act that rose to prominence at home, and abroad after their represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. The trio are made up of Tomaž (Marlenna), Damjan (Emperatrizz) and Srečko (Daphne) had been performing together since 2000. They were initially known as the, "Suspender Sisters". However, it was their performance at the contest that opened them up to the whole of Europe. What was impressive is that they were not chosen internally that year, they won Slovenia's EMA and were chosen to represent their homeland by a professional jury, and the public vote. Eurovision would be the start.
What Happened After Eurovision?
After Eurovision, the group would go on to be quite popular in Europe, and would perform in several countries that included Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Italy, UK, Bosnia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Estonia. They would also be featured on a very raunchy British Channel 4 series "Eurotrash". In October of 2002, Sestre would release their first album, "Souvenir" which would feature songs in Slovenian, but also translated into French, English, German and Spanish. The year of Eurovision, saw them win two awards one 'Victor Victoria' award in 2002 for the most popular group in Serbia, and the second award was the 'Fesion' for their styling of their entry "Samo Ljubezen".
Although the group did not go on to win the contest, they certainly made the most of their time there. Do you remember this song, and what did you think of it? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments below.