Slovenian princesses open rehearsals today

Slovenian princesses open rehearsals today
Eva Boto rehearsing.Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)
Baku, Azerbaijan -

Slovenia's Eva Boto opened proceedings today with the second rehearsal of her entry Verjamem. The quest to find Slovenia's representative for Europe's Favourite TV Show began way back in Autumn 2011, with Eva having to beat 31 other singers in order to finally be here in Baku.

Princesses in a fairytale

Backstage, Eva Boto and her team were busy preparing their dresses, but managed a short chat with Eurovision.tv. Eva commented "It's a very beautiful dress that I am wearing, but it takes some time to prepare and tie everything together!."

Backing singer Martina Majerle is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, having been a backing vocalist on numerous occasions, and the lead vocalist for Slovenia in 2009 with Quartissimo. She said of the outfits "We are like princesses in a fairytale. We all look like we are about to get married!."

Immaculate stage presence

After the first run through of rehearsals, Eva complained about not being able to hear the sound properly, so there was a short delay whilst the technical issues were fixed.

Eva and her five female backing vocalists are all in elegant white dresses, but they are not wearing the veils which they did in the Slovenian selection. The choreography begins with a classical feel, with the backing singers stood behind Eva. As the song builds they join Eva towards the front of the stage.

The LED backdrop begins with a dark blue setting with images of white sheets waving. The colour changes to a golden effect as the tempo builds to the powerful finale.

When considering Eva is just 16 years old has only joined the ranks of professional artists so recently, her stage presence, confidence and the way she plays the cameras are more like what you would expect from a seasoned professional with decades of experience.

Every country should sing in their own language

At the second press conference Eva opened by saying "This rehearsal was really good, I was enjoying it on stage, totally relaxed. I am really feeling prepared for the Second Semi-Final now."

Eva was asked about the choice of language to perform in and said "I love the Slovene language and English, I think at this competition it's best to represent your country and it's culture. I think that every country should sing in their own language. You get to experience a lot of other languages that way. We did record an English and Serbian language verison of the song."

Despite her tender years, Eva is ready for this experience in Baku adding "It's an amazing feeling, i'm only 16, and I have this big stage in front of such a big audience. It's cool because everyone is talking about the fact i'm only 16 and so relaxed. It's the biggest opportunity for my career to showcase myself to the world."

Eva and the team performed an acapella version of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest winner Molitva, Eva closed the conference by singing a chorus from the winning song of Azerbaijan last year Running Scared.

Slovenian television host Klemen Slakonja has made a video called Slovenia Will Win, you can check it out below.


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  • Posted on 23/May 2012 at 14:28
    Come on Eva you can do it! :) We're proud of you, no matter if you make it to the final or no :) Good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/May 2012 at 18:40
    even if she's only 16 she sings like a proffesional!! Eva slovenia is supporting you!! go go go!
    and I love that dress :D report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/May 2012 at 08:12
    THE BEST SONG THIS YEAR. POWERFUL AND CATCHY. SLOVENIA DESERVES TO WIN. 12 POINTS FROM ENGLAND. ps. and yes I agree, every country should sing in their own language! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22/May 2012 at 08:10
    BEST BALLAD THIS YEAR, POWERFUL AND EVA SINGS AMAZINGLY. SUCH A CATCHY TUNE. IF THERE IS ANY JUSTICE THIS SONG WILL BE IN TOP 3. LOVE FROM ENGLAND. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/May 2012 at 16:03
    Very good song, opportunity to win. I hope you will be in the final.
    GOOD LUCK EVA! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 21/May 2012 at 13:11
    I hope to see you in the final! Good luck EVA. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 19:10
    I agree with you Eva ♥

    It would be amazing that all countries sing in their language!
    Slovenian dresses from 2011 and 2012, are the best to date! =)
    Love her letter! ♥

    GO SLOVENIA!!! GOOD LUCK EVA BOTO!
    Your performance will be AWESOME!! Go for Ljubljana 2013!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 16:42
    Yeaaaaaah! I like it. I like this song very much! No 3 in my rating :)
    It reminds me Molitva in 2007. But anyway, Good luck Eva, Good luck sLOVEnia!
    I think she'll get some points from Russia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 16:20
    Beautiful song but the her dress is just out of everything. Slovenians always have a strange taste of fashion in Eurovision... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 15:21
    i would like that previous winners learn to sing....especially last year's winner...Great voice and so catchy ballad report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 14:36
    Yeeees, I agree with that, I like more when they sing in their language, good luck slovenia, go for Eva Boto. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 14:32
    Yeees, I agree With that. I like a whole lot more when a singer in the contest represent the country singing in their language. Good luck Slovenia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 14:19
    All the best EVA! definitely best Balcan option this year, following by Serbia and FYR Macedonia. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 14:15
    BRAVO EVA BOTO!! ♥

    Another wonderful and flawless rehearsal!

    We certainly do have a talented set of Slovenian princesses! They've made us all proud today, including Eva of course! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19/May 2012 at 14:13
    Lovely song, good luck Slovenia!! report to the moderator