Slovenia: Unique mix of sounds
Ansambel Žlindra & Kalamari from Slovenia have arguably one of the most original songs in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Their Narodnozabavni Rock is - as the title already says - a mixture of rock and Alpine folk music. With this unique blend, the group convincingly won the Slovene national final earlier this year and today, they tried out the best recipes for success on the stage in Oslo's Telenor Arena in their second rehearsal.
On stage today, the Slovene team hadn't changed much from their first rehearsal several days ago, apart from the fact that they chose to reveal their final clothes for the big Semi-Final night next Thursday. The folk half of the group - Ansambel Žlindra - wore traditional folk dresses in black, white and red while the rock part Kalamari were wearing casual clothes, jeans and t-shirts.
The lights on stage varied from white in the first part of the song to shades of red at later stages. The interaction between the two singers on stage worked well and both were handling the different cameras swirling around them without any visible problems.
The Slovene song Narodnozabavni Rock has also been recorded in English and German, but the Slovene team thought that the song would be more authentic in its native language, and the national element was displayed very well in today's rehearsal.
The Slovene delegation thought that their second rehearsal had gone well and they wouldn't want to change anything in the performance. The song was created as an experiment, because they thought that different kinds of musical styles could be compatible and the Slovene team are very eager to await Europe's reaction to it.
Asked if they would felt supported by the Slovene press, the team answered that they are happy with it, but that Slovenia usually takes the Eurovision Song Contest too seriously.
The singers admitted that they had been to many parties in Oslo and they would be enjoying every minute in Norway's capital. They also took a tour in the fjords and really liked what they saw.
The dresses that the group are wearing are typical clothes of Slovenia and the folk element was even stressed when fans and journalists were treated to a traditional Slovene folk song and their entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.