Slovenia 2019 first rehearsal
Slovenia 2019 first rehearsal
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Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl show 'Sebi' the stage

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Slovenia's Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl kicked off the first of the afternoon's rehearsals with their song 'Sebi'. What starts as a dark stage becomes a colourful galaxy encircling and surrounding the artists. Standing close and singing what feels like only to each other, it is as if the audience has been invited to witness an intimate moment between them.

Slovenia will take to the stage fifth in the first Semi-Final on Tuesday 14 May at Expo Tel Aviv in Israel.

Infographic Slovenia 2019 (© EBU)

Slovenia's Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl are a relatively new duo that joined forces in 2017. Before they met, they were both focused on growing their individual careers on Slovenia’s music scene. Zala kicked off her career by playing covers and soon after began writing her own songs based on gentle narration and her soft, melodic vocals. Gašper, on the other hand, started playing the guitar at a young age and as a teenager under the wing of Faust Records where he studied to become an audio producer and a composer.

READ MORE: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl's participant profile

What happens on stage?

As if to dramatize the already-moving lyrics, Zala and Gašper don't move from their centered position on stage. The pair's love story is the foremost focus of the performance; the staging ensures that the intimacy beneath their creative bond is undeniable. From the first notes of the song to the darkened stage, the two, both dressed in white from head to toe, do not break their stare into each other's eyes.

Do you think Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl will take Slovenia to the Grand Final? Let us know in the comments!

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