Country Of The Month: Slovenia Part-2!

Photo By: ANA GREGORIČ/RTV SLO

Introduction

Country of the month is back. We decided to continue our series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Slovenia. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Slovenian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Nuša Derenda – Energy!

In 2001, Slovenia selected Nuša Derenda and her song “Energy” to sent in Copenhagen. The song is entirely in English.

It was composed by Matjaž Vlašič. The lyrics of the song were written by Lucienne Lončina. At the final, the entry placed 7th with 84 points, the best of the country until today.

Nuša Derenda was born on March 30th 1969, in Brežice, Slovenia. Her real name is Anuška Žnideršič. She showed her interest in singing from a young age and attended a music school, where she learnt to play the accordion. She had been part of a variety of bands. In 2001, she won the Slovenian national final, EMA, having tried two times before. Nuša, after her Eurovision participation, tried again four times to represent her country without winning.


Slovenia in the Eurovision
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Slovenia debuted in the contest in 1993. Since then, it has participated 25 times, missing the contest in 1994 and 2000. Both times the country didn’t participate due to its poor results to the contest. Under those year’s rules, the countries with the worst results were unable to compete the next year.

Slovenia has placed in the Top-10 just three times. Also, it hasn’t qualified to the final on eight times – one of them coming last. The best entry of the country was in 1995 when the country got 84 points and placed 7th in the final. In contrast, Slovenia’s worst result in a final was 2014’s 25th place.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Slovenia? Let us know in the comment box below.

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