Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from SloveniaSLOVENIA
BROADCASTER
SONG   "Verjamem" (I Believe)
SINGER    Eva Boto
MUSIC    Vladimir Graić
LYRICS    Igor Pirković
DRAW   #9 in the second semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

In 2011 Slovenia qualified for the final for only the second time since the contest expanded in 2004. For 2012, RTVSLO decided to expand its selection. On June 22nd it was announced that a two selections would select Slovenia's representative for Baku. First, a talent show; "Misija Evrovizija" (Eurovision Mission) was used to select two potential candidates and then in EMA 2012 the winning act and the song was chosen between the two candidates.

In twelve selection shows, which ran from October to January, "Misija Evrovizija" reduced 32 potential Eurovision acts to just two that contest EMA, the Slovenian final, which  was held at the RTVSLO studios in Ljubljana on February 26th and hosted by Klemen Slakonja and Maja Keuc. The winner was chosen over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the favourite song for each participant was chosen by televoting and a jury. In the second round the winner was chosen by televoting, alone. The winner, taking aslmost 70% of the votes in the final was 16 year old Eva Boto with the song "Verjamem" (I Believe).

 

BIOGRAPHY

Eva Boto is just 16 years old, but managed to ward off competition from 31 other acts to secure her place as Slovenia's entrant in Baku with the powerful Verjamem.

Eva Boto was born on December 1st, 1995. She lives in the small town of Šentjanž pri Dravogradu which lies in the North Eastern part of Slovenia, 120 kilometres from the capital Ljubljana. She is now a second-year student attending the Ravne na Koroškem High School, but she is already thinking about continuing her studies in Graz, Austria, or London where she would like to study soloist singing.

She has been singing since a very early age and practices daily in her specially designed music room at her home. At 10 years of age, Eva entered an international singing competition in Austria and won. Later, she performed several times at the FENS Youth Musical Festival, where she was twice the winner. Eva Boto was only 15, when she applied to audition for the Mission Eurovision contest. The national broadcaster RTVSLO produced this series of programmes, which started on October 2nd, 2011 and ended this February, with only one goal in mind, to choose the singer who would represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Convincing renditions of songs from Mariah Carey, Shaina Twain, Irene Cara, Leona Lewis and Darja Švajger made a huge impression on the members of the jury and audiences alike. In the end, Eva Boto won a landslide number of votes with the song Verjamem (I Believe), one of the three she sang on the final night of Mission EMA 2012.

Eva's favourite singer is Beyonce, but she likes 1980s and 1990s music as well. In her spare time, Eva plays guitar, plays with her dog and cat and, as every teenager loves to hang out with her friends. She's no stranger to computers and make-up, either. Eva enjoys cooking, especially baking. She is very emotional and sometimes shy. Her biggest bad habit is laziness. Eva's best friends and supporters in life and in her music career are her mother, father and elder sister Sanja. Eva describes her participation in Baku as her greatest life experience and challenge so far.

While Eva is a newcomer making her debut on the international stage, Vladimir Graić, the composer of "Verjamem" already has a Eurovision victory under his belt, as he also composed the music for "Molitva", which won for his native Serbia in 2007.

REACTION

Once the six songs in the Slovenian final were made public, momentum seemed to move to Eva Boto and this song and its selection seemed almost inevitable. Originally it was announced that the song would move to English for Eurovision, but that decision was reversed and the song stays in Slovene in Baku .

Eva Boto has done some international and that has paid off with a strong showing in internet polls, with Slovenia being inside the Top 10 or thereabouts. The songs is also among the ten favourites to qualify from the second semi-final, but at 100/1, it appears to be an unlikely winner.

 

EVA BOTO TALKS TO EUROVISION.TV

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Wednesday May 16th 11:00 - 11:40 12:25 - 13:05
Saturday May 19th 11:00 - 11:30 12:15 - 12:4 5
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

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SLOVENIA  AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1993
  • Number of previous entries: 17
  • Best result: 7th (1995 & 2001) 
  • Worst result: 23rd (2003), did not qualify (6 times)
  • Qualification record: 2-6 (25% success)

 

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"This follows the formula of previous Balkan ballads a little too closely in my opinion and it takes a little long to get going, but the last minute is very special and Eva looks great on camera. A little styling might be required, but I think this could well make the cut in a tough semi-final." - Keith Mills

 

YOUR REVIEWS

"Now this was a huge surprise for me in a really good way. When I first heard that Slovenia will hold a talent show in order to choose its representative for Baku, I thought their act would lack of extreme talent. However the outcome not only proved me wrong, but is one of the best this season. Eva has a stunning voice, the song is a simple Balkan melody that catches your attention from the first instant, and if the presentation is a little worked out this is sailing into the final and could probably bring Slovenia its best ever placing." - Athan (Greece)

"A good solid ballad, though it needs some work especially on the low registers at the beginning of the song. Once it gets moving, it is gripping and I believe in it. A contender for the very top." - David Berlinger (Israel)

"First of all, let me congratulate RTVSLO (the Slovenian broadcaster) for not taking away the soul of this song (its language), specially because of its graceful lyrics. I personally love the lyrics whom I feel identified with, I love the phrase "Verjamem da znova, ujela se bova/I believe we will meet again" that just blows my mind. The song is a poem. Some say that it's the best balkan ballad of the year to me it is the best song in this year's competition and also one of the greatest entries that has ever entered the contest. It is actually a good rendition to Molitva. Eva's voice is remarkable but lacks passion but she can improve it. In terms of composition, it should be the winner, it might even be the jury's winner, but then it might struggle with the televoting. However I wish Eva and Slovenia the best luck." - Anthony Lopez  (Venezuela)

"Slovenia is on the right track sending good songs almost every year. Just as Iceland and Portugal, Slovenia is one of the most underrated countries in the contest. In the past they had a lot of good entries. But they didn't always get rewarded for that. After having tried last year with a strong pop ballad, they try it again this year with a very strong Balkan ballad. Eva Boto is a beautiful singer with an amazing voice. I hope this has a good chance to qualify." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"This song is alright but, really, it's just a Molitva rip-off, but with shades of Amaury's song last year and a hint of Enya. So basically a completely recycled song." - Olivia Gavazansky  (UK)