Sunday night, Slovenia made the choice for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. After a two-hour primetime broadcast at RTV SLO and via Eurovision.tv, Maja Keuc was hailed the winner. She will fly the flag for Slovenia in Düsseldorf with the song Vanilija.
The Anastacia of Slovenia
Maja Keuc has been called the Christina Aguilera or Anastacia of Slovenia. She has participated in musicals such as We Will Rock You, and is a former member of the local rock band Bugs. Genres where she has found herself very comfortable include soul, jazz and blues.
Maja shot to fame in Slovenia when she participated in the show Slovenija Ima Talent ("Slovenia's Got Talent") in 2010. The second place in the show caused her to be very sought after and also resulted in involvement in a studio album.
She is described as a self-critical girl, with both feet on the ground and a firm belief in the good in this world.
Her Eurovision Song Contest entry Vanilija is composed by Matjaž Vlašič, with lyrics by Urša Vlašič.
During the final, a jury selected the two super-finalists out of the ten acts. The winner of the two acts was chosen by televoting.
The jury consisted of three members. Severina from Croatia judged the whole image of appearance of the entries. She represented her own country in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Moja Štikla, achieving 12th place in the Grand Final.
The jury also included the Slovenian TV presenter Mojca Mavec, a former host of EMA, judging choreography – and Darja Švajger, the Slovenian representative in the 1995 and 1999 Eurovision Song Contests with the songs Prisluhni Mi and For A Thousand Years. Darja Švajger judged the singing.
Both Severina and Darja Švajger performed Eurovision Song Contest entries of theirs as a part of the finale of the show.
After each song, the jury gave their comments and at the end awarded points from 1 (bad) to 5 (perfect). The two entries in the super final were the ones with the most points.
The full running-order of the night was the following, winner in bold:
1. Rock Partyzani – Time For Revolution
2. Tabu – Moje Luči
3. Nina Pušlar – Bilo Lepo Bi
4. Maja Keuc – Vanilija
5. Feliks Langus – Disko Raj
6. Leeloojamais – Slovenka
7. April – Ladadidej
8. Sylvain, Mike Vale feat. Hannah Mancini – Ti Si Tisti
9. Time to time – Pravi Čas
10. Omar Naber – Bistvo Skrito Je Očem
The EMA 2011 show was hosted by Klemen Slakonja.
In the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, Slovenia was represented by Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari with the song Narodnozabavni Rock, finishing in 16th place in the second Semi-Final.