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Destination Lisbon (#12): Meet Lea Sirk from Slovenia

28 March 2018 at 08:00 CEST
Lea Sirk represents Slovenia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest Ana Gregorič/RTV SLO
In the twelfth part of 'Destination Lisbon', our feature counting down to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, we get to know Lea Sirk who will represent Slovenia with the song 'Hvala, ne!'

Earlier this year, Lea Sirk won Slovenia’s nation selection EMA 2018 with the song 'Hvala, ne!', and will thus represent the country at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Lea Sirk was chosen by a 50/50 split of jury and public votes. She wrote her song together with Tomy DeClerque.

We caught up with Lea Sirk right after her victory for a first reaction: 

Lea, who is a proud mother of two girls, has been building her solo career in parallel with tons of other responsibilities — and did so with determination!

She started her musical education at a young age and has since participated at numerous national and international competitions. She finished her secondary school early, while at the same time studying the concert flute. After completing her undergraduate studies she became a Master of Arts in Specialised Music Performance.

During her studies, she also established herself as a singer, as singing has always been her great passion. In 2005, Lea received an award for the most promising young singer at the International Music Competition in Cologne. Since then, she performed at festivals as well as Slovenia's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2010.

Lea is also a studio musician and music arranger. If that isn't enough, she also runs her own musical school, Glasbeno izobraževanje Cirque.

One of the highlights of Lea's career has been her participation in the show Znan Obraz Ima Svoj Glas (Your Face Sounds Familiar), which left an incredible mark on viewers being by far the most convincing through her transformations into famous artists, including 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral. Lea uploaded her cover version of Amar Pelos Dois to her YouTube channel:

Lea is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. Lea performed at the contest twice before as backing singer; in 2014 in Copenhagen with Tinkara Kovač, and in 2016 in Stockholm with ManuElla

Let's get social! 

You can follow Lea Sirk on the following social media platforms: 

Don't forget to check out her official YouTube channel!

Lea Sirk will perform Hvala, ne! for Slovenia in the second half of the second Semi-Final in Lisbon, Portugal.  

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