SLOVENIA – The Popular Slovenian singer Gianni Rijavec, who participated in the country’s Eurovision selection EMA on four occasions has blasted the national contest, saying it has lost its way. He noted “Look at San Remo. The Italians still sing their typical canzoni, and that’s why they are successful.
They are world famous and their performer are global stars. In the 26-year history of our country, Slovenia has not managed to create a single hit that would mark the new period of our statehood. The most popular songs in Slovenia today are from the period of the former Yugoslavia”, Rijavec said, adding that the lack of authentic Slovenian music has been filled by singers from the former state.
The artist argues that Slovenia needs to present something unique to Europe and the world, not to a “copy-paste” production of American music. “We even went as far to send singers to pronounce Slovenian lyrics in an American accent. We have been selling the rest of the world, which been sold abroad for centuries”.
He added that many songs for EMA are composed to satisfy the taste of judges at the Eurovision Song Contest, but noted that last year’s winner, Salvador Sabral. proved that there is no set winning formula.
Gianni Rijavec participated took part in EMA in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2009. He came second and sixth on his first two attempts, and failed to qualify to the final on his latter two tries.