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Combining rock and folk - Slovenia's way to victory?

07 May 2010 at 20:01 CEST

This year, the Slovenian winner would be chosen by televoting only. Whilst the televotes were being cast, viewers were treated to an interval act, which featured Slovenian artists Quartissimo and Martina, Saša Lendero and Tinkara Kovač before the headline act, last years Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak performed his new song Europe's Skies and his winning entry Fairytale.

The results were then announced and it was a resounding victory for Anzambel Roka Žlindre & Kalamari with Narodnozabavni Rock scoring 15,907 televotes. Nina Pušlar finished in second place scoring 3,527 televotes with Dež. Langa finished third with Roko Di Maj picking up 3,462 televotes.

Check out their song's video below!


Who are they?

The Slovene representatives for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 harmoniously amalgamate two music genres, as the title of the song states: Popular Folk Rock. The Ansambel Žlindra of course represents the first part of the song, popular folk.

Rok Žlindra has performed at different events with his accordion since a young age, but his greatest wish was to have his own musical group. Rok therefore invited their singer Barbara to join him. At a party, he met Rok Modic and through him Nejc Drobnič. Their debut as a group was followed by numerous festivals and awards. In 2007, they released their first CD with 13 songs entitled Najlepše Je, Kadar Sva Skupaj (The most precious time is when we are together).

The inception of the Kalamari group was in November 1993, when three of the members joined forces for a few performances in one of the Slovene coastal hotels. Due to their professional performance and harmonious trio of voices they were immediately noticed by both audience and experts.

They tried their luck with original songs very soon and in 1995 released a CD entitled Dobra Vila (Good Fairy). The CD contained a few radio hits aside from the title song, but they gained wider recognition in Slovenia through the release of their second CD entitled S Tabo Držim (I'm On Your Side). Their most recent CD, their 7th altogether, was released in November 2009.

They'll perform eleventh in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.