Eurovision says “Hvala, Ne” to Slovenia's Entry, Competition Won by Israel (Videos)

By , 13 May 2018, 09:14 AM News
Lea Sirk in Lisbon Lea Sirk in Lisbon Screenshot from the first YouTube video

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STA, 13 May 2018 - Slovenia's Lea Sirk performed in line with expectations in the final of the Eurovision song contest, finishing 22nd in a field of 26 countries with her female empowerment anthem Hvala, ne (No, Thanks). 

Sirk got 64 points to achieve Slovenia's best placement since 2011, when Maja Keuc, who announced the Slovenian expert jury votes this time, was 13th.

The 28-year-old singer-songwriter was a surprise entry in the final in Lisbon since she had a very low ranking until she staged a surprise in the semi-final by inserting an unexpected intermission in her performance.

She repeated the same trick in the finals, only this time inviting the audience to sing along instead of pretending that the silence was a glitch.

Sirk got 41 points from national juries and 23 from televoting.

Israel's winning entry

The Lisbon venture was not the first time the classically trained flautist performed in Europe's biggest song contest.

She participated twice before as a backing vocalist for Slovenia, the first time with Tinkara Kovač in 2014 and then in 2016 with Manuella in 2016.

Slovenia achieved the best Eurovision result in 1995, when Darja Švajger finished 7th. Nuša Derenda repeated her feat in 2001.

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