Slovenia | Find out how 'Sebi' looked on the Eurovision Stage!
This morning kicked off an exciting two week lead up to the final with the start of first rehearsals! Join us over the next four days as we take a look at the first rehearsals of all competing semi finalists. For the first day of rehearsals, the nine countries drawn to the first half of the first semi final will take to the stage.
Image Credit: Ana Šantl (Eurovision.tv)
First up after lunch to take to the Eurovision stage for rehearsals is none other than Slovenia. After two years of not qualifying for the final, last year Lea Sirk surprised many by qualifying with her club banger 'Hvala, ne' before placing 22nd in the final. This year Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl will be representing Slovenia with the understated and chilled dream-pop song 'Sebi'.
Despite small changes to the Slovenian national final, EMA was once again used to select the Slovenian representative for Tel Aviv. Despite not being seen as an initial favourite, Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl took victory over fan favourite Raiven in the super final and they have since cemented themselves as a fan favourite within the fandom and on social media. They've been an active duet since 2018 and have released a number of original music tracks over the past year including an EP back in February.
Image Credit: Andres Putting (Eurovision.tv)
SLOVENIA - FIRST REHEARSAL
Slovenia's staging is - as you can expect from their National Final performance - understated, simple but very visually appealing. Zala spends the full three minutes looking at Gasper similarly to the EMA performance however the bigger stage and the visuals really add to the atmosphere.
They perfectly capture the dreaminess of the song, with calming pink, blue and purple cosmic skies and stars in the background. Both of the duet are dressed fully in white with the instruments both on stage with them.
Camera-wise, lots of close up shots of the duo which despite her not looking at the camera at all adds to the intensity and pulls the viewer in. The intimacy that the whole performance delivers is probably most similar to the Portuguese 2017 winner - 'Amar pelos dois'. Simple staging is really effective here and this will certainly stand out.
Slovenia's second rehearsal will take place on Thursday 9th May and they will be performing fifth in the first semi final on Tuesday 14th May.
Will you be supporting Slovenia at this years Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl's first rehearsal.