This Artist 101 guide contains everything you need to know about Slovenia’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Zala Kralj.
Who is Zala Kralj?
Zala Kralj is a 19-year-old Slovenian singer who won Slovenia’s national selection show for Eurovision Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) and will represent her country at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel along with guitarist and producer Gašper Santl.
Growing up in Maribor, Zala always loved music, and she started early by uploading covers of her favourite songs on YouTube. Soon after she also began writing her own songs, and was focused on building her musical career until the day she met her other half – Gašper. And it happened on Instagram in 2017. Zala shared some videos with him where she was singing and so the boy immediately knew who he was searching for to record his song “Valovi” with.
They really broke into the music industry, with their first number taking over radio stations across Slovenia and winning the Slovenian annual music award Zlata pišcal for “The Best Song of 2017”. However, Zala was just credited as a featuring artist back then. They became a duo in April 2018, when they signed a contract with Universal Music Slovenia and released two new songs “Baloni” and “S teboi”. Their fourth single “Sebi” was presented on EMA 2019, and just a couple of days after its premiere, they released an EP called Štiri (Four) with all 4 singles. Now, they are preparing for hitting the grandiose Eurovision stage.
What’s more? The cherry on the cake is that they are a couple. We know that it’s obvious.
When is her birthday?
Zala’s birthday is on October 4, 1999.
What is her most popular song?
To date, her competing entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest “Sebi”, a hypnotizing ballad is Zala’s most popular number.
“Sebi” was written and composed by the artists themselves, Zala Kralj and Gašper Santl. It’s entirely sung in Slovene, and it’s about a close bond between two people that cannot be broken.