SLOVENIA – For the very first time since its independence Slovenian basketball team got the golden medal at the 2017 edition of Eurobasket last night in Istanbul. Eurovision stars of course immediately celebrated the triumph in the social media as you can see below. Congratulations to Slovenia and now the next triumph is to get your first ever Eurovision cup!
INFORMATION ABOUT THE GAME
Slovenia became the EuroBasket champion for the first time after holding off Serbia 93-85. Slovenia outscored Serbia 13-3 over the final 3:30 despite the fact that its two biggest stars, Goran Dragic and Real Madrid sensation Luka Doncic were on the bench with injuries. Dragic scored all of his 35 points in the first three quarters before Levallois Metropolitans swingman Klemen Prepelic and Real Madrid big man Anthony Randolph led Slovenia down the stretch.
Prepelic finished with 21 points and Randolph tallied 11 points and blocked 3 shots. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who helped Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul win the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crown on the same floor back in May, led Serbia with 22 points and FC Bayern Munich big man Milan Macvan added 18. The game was close from the start and Serbia led 20-22 after 10 minutes. Slovenia made its move when Dragic scored the last 6 points in an 11-0 run to make it 38-28.
Serbia wiped away half of its deficit through a three-point play by FC Bayern Munich forward Vladimir Lucic and a triple by Fenerbahce’s Marko Guduric. Back-to-back threes by Dragic restored a double-digit Slovenia lead, but Bogdanovic cut the margin to 56-47 at halftime. Dragic opened the second half with a three that gave Slovenia its largest lead, 12. Doncic left with an apparent ankle injury midway through the third quarter as Bogdanovic helped power Serbia back.
Anadolu Efes Istanbul center Vladimir Stimac finished inside to make it 63-61. Slovenia scored the next 6 points and managed to keep a 71-67 edge entering the fourth quarter. MoraBanc Andorra guard Jaka Blazic extended the Slovenia lead to 75-67, but Serbia would not be denied. Macvan capped a 0-8 Serbia charge for his team’s first lead of the second half, 77-78. Prepelic put Slovenia back on top with a triple as a tense finish started to brew.
The game was tied at 80-80 and 82-82 before Prepelic came through with another big shot and Randolph scored in the paint. Prepelic, who was fouled attempting a three-pointer with 1:05 remaining, made 2 of the resulting shots and Brose Bamberg guard Aleksej Nikolic all but iced the game with 2 free throws with 35 seconds left that capped a 10-0 surge.
SLOVENIA – The preliminary participation submission due, for all participating national broadcasters today. We already know that 32 of them confirmed their participation although the official announcement will include 40 of them. Among them Slovenian national broadcaster who also announced the terms and rules for the 2018 national selection.
EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija) will be once again the show through which the country will decide its entry and artist for the Lisbon Eurovision Song Contest edition. The change in the is the six Slovene regional juries gave out their votes as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points, and televoting distributed 252 points between the finalists.
Slovenia made its debut at the 1993 contest after coming first the qualification round “Kvalifikacija za Millstreet”, which was actually hosted in Slovenia itself, and competing in every year since, with the exceptions of 1994 and 2000, after poor results prevented Slovenia from competing.
Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of the 27 entries were from Slovene artists.
The Slovene national final to select their entry is EMA, broadcast, along with Eurovision, by Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO).
LATVIA – Carmen Manet from Slovenia has won the very first Eurovision Choir of the Year competition followed by the Wales and Latvia. The event was held in Latvia’s capital Riga and is the latest addition to the Eurovision Family of Events. The inaugural Eurovision Choir of the Year was hosted by Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre and Latvian Television’s culture presenter Eva Johansone. Each choir performed a six-minute set without music. The songs could include one or several works and pieces that reflect their respective national or regional character in some way. The choirs were judged by a high-profile jury, including British composer John Rutter and Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča. (source: EBU)
SLOVENIA – The 2005 and 2017 Slovenian representative, Omar Naber, slammed the Slovenian press for lack of attention to his work saying through his social media posts that he believes that the press should pay more attention to the Slovenian musicians and singers. He says that he already recorded five albums and he is in the process to record his sixth one and that he will continue working in Slovenia, supporting the music industry of his country. It is hard but it is worth, eh concludes on his Facebook message.