Slovenia: RTV SLO to Seek EBU and Council Members’ Opinion on Israel’s Participation in the Contest!

Following a plea from the Palestinian Rights Movement to the management of Slovenia’s public broadcaster, RTV SLO, there’s now a call to exclude Israel from the Eurovision. Specifically, 25 members of the European Parliament requested the cancellation of the decision allowing Israel’s participation in the upcoming contest in May in Malmö.

Several non-governmental and trade union organizations, Slovenian cultural figures, and artists, including some former Slovenian Eurovision representatives, signed the call by the Palestinian Rights Movement.

RTV SLO responded to their request, stating:

“The majority of the global audience is closely following events in Gaza. The EBU has already explained twice that the participants in the Eurovision Song Contest are public broadcasters, not countries.”

However, they added that they would still urge the EBU and its members to conduct a substantive discussion on the matter.

Raiven will represent Slovenia in Malmö this coming May with the song “Veronika,” entirely in Slovenian. She will compete in the second half of the First Semi-Final on May 7th.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding Slovenia’s participation in the Eurovision 2024 in Malmö!

Source: RTV SLO

Slovenia: “Veronika” Teaser Unleashed!

In a thrilling teaser release for Eurovision 2024, Raiven, Slovenia‘s chosen artist, offers fans a sneak peek into her competition entry, “Veronika.” The highly anticipated song will be unveiled on Saturday, January 20, at 21:00 CET, exclusively on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel.

Opting for internal selection for the third time in its Eurovision history, Slovenia has entrusted Raiven, a versatile artist with mezzo-soprano vocals, pop sensibilities, songwriting prowess, and harp-playing skills.

The teaser video, offering a glimpse into “Veronika,” is available for viewing on the Eurovision Song Contest Instagram account. The full song will be unveiled on January 20, setting the stage for Slovenia‘s journey at the 68th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden, scheduled for May.

The “Veronika” teaser is part of an upcoming special program on RTVSLO, scheduled for Saturday. The song itself, based on the historical figure Veronika Deseniška, will be exclusively in Slovenian.

In a recent interview with RTVSLO, Raiven shared exciting details about her participation. She expressed her commitment to an electronic sound and hinted at the thematic essence of “Veronika”:

“I envision ‘Veronika’ as a symbol of feminism, but not of the stereotypical kind. I wouldn’t want to portray that on stage. However, femininity and grace, definitely!”

Exploring Raiven’s Musical World

Known as Sara Briški Ciman, Raiven is a familiar figure on Slovenian public television, hosting various shows and gracing concerts and music programs. Her recent single, “Ikona,” showcased at RTVSLO’s Popevka 2023 alongside Helena Blagne, garnered significant attention in the country.

Raiven’s professionalism, vocal excellence, captivating stage presence, and close association with RTVS make her an ideal candidate for Eurovision. Having participated in the Slovenian national final, EMA, where she secured notable positions in 2016, 2017, and 2019, Raiven is not a stranger to the Eurovision stage.

As we eagerly await the premiere of “Veronika,” let’s reminisce about Slovenia’s 2023 entry. The country was represented by Joker Out with the song “Carpe Diem,” securing a spot in the Final and finishing in 21st place.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the updates on Slovenia’s journey in Eurovision 2024, set to unfold in Malmo!

Slovenia: Raiven reveals more details on her song “Veronika”!

A few days ago, RTVSLO, the public broadcaster of Slovenia, announced that Raiven will represent the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö!

In turn, Raiven talking in RTVSLO, revealed some new details about her entry. In detail, in the interview she states that she will stay loyal to her electronic sound, even in her Eurovision entry. She says that:

“I think of Veronika as a symbol of femininity, I think, maybe not stereotypical feminism. I wouldn’t want to show that on stage. But feminity and grace for sure”

We remind you that “Veronika” will be presented in RTVSLO, in a special program in January 20. The song is based on Veronika Deseniška (Veronika of Desenice), the second wife of Frederick II, Count of Celje. “Veronika” is based on the woman’s history and will be sung exclusively in Slovene.

The song is written by Raiven, and will be part of her new album, titled “Sirene”, and will be released in February.

Until we listen to “Veronika”, let’s remember the country’s last entry. Slovenia was represented by Joker Out in Eurovision 2023, with their song “Carpe Diem”, that despite the high expectations, ended up in 21st place, bringng the country back to the final after two years:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Slovenian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, in Malmö!

Slovenia: Raiven will be the Slovenian representative at Eurovision 2024, with her song ‘Veronika’!

A while ago, the sixth artist for Eurovision 2024 was announced. Slovenia suprised us, as for the third time in history, the artist who will represent the country in the contest will not be chosen through a national final, but by internal selection.

Slovenian public television (RTVSLO) in a special press conference confirmed the rumors of recent months and announced that Raiven, a mezzo-soprano, pop singer, songwriter and harpist, will raise the country’s flag in Malmö.

Raiven will represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö this May with her song ‘Veronika’.


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Who is Raiven?

Sara Briški Ciman, better known as Raiven is a singer who regularly appears on the country’s public television. He has presented numerous shows, and has appeared in a variety of concerts and music shows.

Her latest single titled “Ikona has become a big sensation in the country after being featured in RTVSLO’s Popevka 2023, alongside Helena Blagne.

No one can deny her professionalism, vocal skills, stage appearance and close relationships with RTVS, a set of things that fits perfectly with Eurovision.

Many Eurofans certainly remember Raiven, from her appearances in the Slovenian national final, EMA, having finished third in 2017 and second in 2016 (by just 100 votes) and 2019.

Watch her presentation video below:

What is your opinion about Raiven getting selected? Tell us in the comments below!

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the developments regarding Slovenia’s participation in Eurovision 2024.


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Slovenia: RTVSLO officially confirms their participation in Eurovision 2024!

Judging from the happenings of the previous days, Slovenia is set to participate in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest 2024, and in fact, they will announce their plans in the next month!

As we have previously informed you, Slovenian participation in Eurovision 2024 was confirmed by the sayings of the website; however, RTVSLO, the country’s public broadcaster, announced their participation just earlier today!

The public broadcaster will announce their plans on the selection method in October.

After Slovenia’s official announement, the number of countries taking part in Eurovision 2024, rises to 34:

  1. Albania
  2. Austria
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Belgium
  5. Croatia
  6. Cyprus
  7. Denmark
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Georgia
  12. Germany
  13. Greece
  14. Iceland
  15. Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Latvia
  19. Lithuania
  20. Luxembourg
  21. Malta
  22. Moldova
  23. Netherlands
  24. Norway
  25. Poland
  26. Portugal
  27. San Marino
  28. Serbia
  29. Slovenia
  30. Spain
  31. Sweden
  32. Switzerland
  33. Ukraine
  34. United Kingdom

Lately, the name of the singer Raiven has been heavily rumored to be involved with the Eurovision Song Contest, however, public television’s respond on the matter was:

“The method of selecting the representative of Slovenia for the Eurovision Song Contest will be announced in October.”

Even though Slovenia tends to organize a national final almost every year, in the last three years, they have conducted two internal selections (2021, 2023). Only time will now tell whether Slovenia is going yet again for an internal selection, or if we will watch another national final.

Joker Out were the representatives of Slovenia in Eurovision 2023 with their song “Carpe Diem”, ending up in 21st place in the Grand Final:

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Slovenia: “Carpe Diem” by Joker out is now the most streamed song in Slovenian!

Joker Out’s entry in Eurovision 2023 is now the most streamed song in the Slovenian language.

“Carpe Diem”, the Slovenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, earned more than 10 million streams, making it the most streamed song in the Slovenian language.

Joker Out represented Slovenia at Eurovision 2023, following an internal selection, with their song “Carpe Diem” and managed to bring their country back to the Grand Final after a two-year absence, finishing 21st:

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Slovenia: Joker Out revealed their Costume Designer!

Fashion designer Ponorelii (Damir Raković) has been announced as the costume designer of Joker Out for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The designer has already worked with the band on the clothes for the presentation of their song “Carpe Diem” and states that the styling concept will be similar to the presentation:

“Joker Out have mentioned that the stage presentation will actually stay the same, because that works best, and as they are quite good at live performances they should be encouraged to do so. I didn’t think it was enough to repeat what I had already done for the EMA, but they wanted it because it was successful. If I went beyond that, the costume would take away from the essence of the members when they make love on camera, which is not the case for all bands.”

Ponorelii also explained that the band will be dressed in romantic colours for their Eurovision performance, in reference to the theme of the song, the Garden of Eden. Each member of the band will have their own animal, plant and gemstone incorporated into their individual attire, with the colours corresponding to each individual’s energy and personality. Ponorelii also collaborated with designer Karl Kirri to incorporate a specially designed Idrija lace into each look.

Joker Out will be performing in the 10th spot of the second semi-final on May 11.

Source: RTVSLO

Slovenia: Joker Out filmed the first postcard for Eurovision 2023!

The first postcard of Eurovision 2023 has officially been flimed and it’s not other than Slovenia’s.

RTVSLO, the public broadcaster of Slovenia, has confirmed that the first postcard of this year’s Eurovision was filmed by Joker Out, the band that is going to represent them in Liverpool in May.

Back in October, BBC made an offer to find an independent production company, that would come up with the concept and film the 37 postcards of the coming contest. The postcards will be 40 seconds long.

The greatest thing we learned by Slovenia’s filming, was that the production company, decided that each representative will make all filmings for their postcards in their respective countries, which means that this year, the postcards will not be used to promote the host country.

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Joker Out filmed their postcard in the roof of Radio Slovenija’s building. As you can see, they asked for a pinball machine to be in the postcard and they were especially happy when BBC approved of it. Jure Maček, the band’s drummer, revealed the connection between the pinball machine and their song:

“We really like the pinball machine, because we started playing it already in Hamburg while recording the song.”

Joker Out will represent Slovenia in Eurovision 2023 with their song “Carpe Diem” and they are allocated in the Second half of the Second Semi-Final:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Slovenian participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!