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It has become customary for the editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Greig Watts, Joseph Zammit, Sharon Vaughn and John Scott from the United Kingdom, Malta, Sweden and the United States have been entrusted with the second semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 8th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and moving onto number #14, we catch up with Slovenia (RTV SLO) who will be represented by Tinkara Kovač with the song Round and Round (Spet) co-written with Raay, Hannah Mancini and Tina Piš.

Tinkara Kovač is a musician, singer, professional flautist and music and lyricist. Since her first single Veter z juga/Wind from the South, Tinkara first recorded two albums with ZKP RTV Slovenija Records (Ne odhaja poletje/Summer Doesn't Bid Goodbye and Košček neba/A Piece of Sky). In 2001, she moved to Dallas Records and released three more studio albums (Na robu kroga/At the Edge of a Circle, O-range and aQa). One of them (O-range) was released as an international version in Italy (EMI) and also in Croatia (Dallas). With Dallas Records, Tinkara also released the single (Spezzacuori); a special project in four languages which was co-produced in conjunction with the Friuli record label Numar Un; and a Best Of compilation. 

In 2012, she released another album with Dallas Records, a special project with ex-Yugoslavian songs arrangements. Tinkara Kovač has in her 15 years of active music career received numerous awards (First Prize at the 1997 Melodies of the Sea and the Sun festival in Portorož, Slovenia, 8 Golden Roosters in 1998, Gold and Platinum awards for all of her albums. She was the runner-up at the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest pre-selection in Slovenia, the best video-clip and song at the 2000 TV MP3 NOW contest in London, her original music Reason Why was amongst the top ten at the 2003 ISC contest...)

Together with numerous and diverse music bands, Tinkara had played more than 800 gigs in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Italy. For her, her most prominent international collaborations on stage or in the studio were those with Ian Anderson (Jetrho Tull), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Carlos Nuñez, Dan Lavery, Massimo Bubola, Bungaro and Paul Millns. In January 2013 and under her own record label NAI, Tinkara released a special project with lullabies and musical bed-time stories in dialects of Slovenian and Croatian Istria, Friuli Venezia Gulia and the Slovenian Coast and Karst Region entitled "Zazibanke/Lullabies".

She was elected the President of the Villenica Association in June, 2013; and later, on July 6th performed at the 33rd edition of The Melodies of the Sea and the Sun Festival with Mars in Venera/Mars and Venus song which she wrote in collaboration with Gaber Radojevič and Lea Sirk. She was awarded the Best Performance and the Main Prize respectively. Slovenia are yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest, with their best result being a seventh place, achieved on two occasions; in 1995 with Prisluhni Mi sung by Darja Svajger and in 2001 with a sublime performance by Nusa Derenda of the song Energy. Last year, Slovenia failed to get through the semi-final as Hannah Mancini and her song Straight Into Love only got 8 points to finish in sixteenth place.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 80%

Greig Watts: Nice flute opening with guitars, which is a bit different. I feel Eastern Europe liking this already. Now she comes in in her own language and that should be hard for an Englishman, but actually I love it. And she changes to English a bit further, and ooh, this is good, I am really liking the chorus, and the secondary hook too. So far everything I like in a song. Back to the verse, this girls Vocal is perfect in my opinion. This feels like a great mix of a song, in some ways Western but mixed with the flute and some different sounds, a like the behind rhythm and also the language mix, this should definitely be a qualifier for me and one of, if not my favourite so far.

Joseph Zammit: This is quite an unexpected good pop/soft rock song. It is difficult to pin one single genre to this song. It has a poppish sounding chorus yes, but it has elements of other genres as well. A bit of folk with the flute's main tune in the beginning and bridge, a bit of rock as the heavy riff kicks in leading to the second chorus and a country-western guitar riff that comes in for a few seconds and disappears. It has many different styles and yet it succeeds into creating a single coherent song rather than it being all over the place. The more I listened to it, the more I started liking this song. 

Sharon Vaughn: The artist sings with passion, the melody is infectious and still remains unique. Like this a lot.

John Scott: Very nice voice and catchy song. The flute is a nice touch. 


Published in Editorials

Mid-August, and the team of Radio International led by Juergen Boernig continues to help one deal with the absence of new material as summer somewhat brings down the Eurovision Song Contest preperations. We would like to invite you to the weekly Ultimate Eurovision Experience. Apart from the means of FM Radio in the Netherlands on FM 106.8 and the audio stream from the studio via and on Digital Cable 781 & Cable 8.1Mhz in the Netherlands, the show will also be web-televised via the Radio International TV Channel from the studio and linking up the many international Eurovision fans and friends and play your requests and read your messages out on air. The simulcast will be from 2000 – 2300 hours CET when fans can join in and chat amongst each other via the Chat Room and request their favourite Eurovision entry.

Moje 3, a trio made up of Mirna Radulović, Nevena Božović, and Sara Jovanović were specifically brought together following The Voice of Serbia in an attempt to create the ultimate girlband with the Eurovision Song Contest being their debut. Their entry entitled Ljubav Je Svuda co-written by Saša Milošević Mare and Marina Tucaković failed to get through the first semi-final, finishing in eleventh place with forty-six (46) points, just six points behind Estonia who had come in tenth place. This evening, Radio International will be chatting to the girls for the final time noting that they have officially disbanded and will be pursuing other projects as solo artists. They made it clear that the project was just set for the Eurovision Song Contest and quite frankly, it did not prove successful. Other interviews to be aired during this weeks' episode; Who See (Montenegro 2013), Nodi & Sopho (Georgia 2013), Per (Latvia 2013) and Hannah Mancini (Slovenia 2013).

There will also be a number of new releases played throughout the three hours, including tracks by Alex Sparrow (Russia 2011), Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980, 1987), Maya Sar (Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012), Agnetha Faltskorg (Sweden 1974), Nina Badric (Croatia 2012), Kevin Borg (Malta NF 2013) and Pastora Soler (Spain 2012). All of the news is also covered during the weekly broadcast noting resources from and escXtra where Luke Fisher, the Editor makes a weekly round-up. David Mann will be discussing songs from the Eurovision Song Contest which have been covered across time. Make sure to tune into this evenings episode of Radio International on the links offered above as we help you get through your post Eurovision depression. is always proud to promote the work of Radio International hence the weekly promotion of the leading interviews which is the way that each article will be placed upon within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned!

Source: Press Release

Slovenia, one of the countries facing constant disappointment at the Eurovision Song Contest are set to be pondering on a possible withdrawal in the upcoming year despite predominantly high viewing figures for the broadcaster, RTVSLO. Earlier this year, Hannah Mancini could only muster eight points to finish in sixteenth place with her entry Straight Into Love which she co-wrote with Gregor Zemljič, Erik Margan and Matija Rodić. In an exclusive interview given to Ilkar's Blogspot, Hannah reccommended the return of Maja Keuc, the female artist who represented Slovenia at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.

Maja Keuc is one of the two female artists alongside Alenka Gotar who helped the balkan nation move into the final since the introduction of the semi-final system was unveiled back in 2004. Her entry entitled No One composed by Matjaž Vlašič and penned by Urša Vlašič managed thirteenth place, the fourth best result for the country and the best since 2001 when Nusa Derenda had represented Slovenia with the song Energy which also happens to be co-written by the same team of songwriters with the inclusion of Lucienne Lončina. Maja is one of the nations' best artists with her debut album Indigo spawning a large number of successful singles including Zmorem, Get the Party Stared and the interestingly titled You're a Tree and I'm a Balloon. Despite maybe being cautious in her reply, Keuc said 'never say never' prompting rumours that she could be seeking the ticket to represent Slovenia in Denmark. Stay tuned to for all of the latest news. 

Source: Ilkar's Blogspot