Lea Sirk Wins Slovenia’s EMA 2018 And Will Sing “Hvala, Ne!” At The Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Sixteen acts took part in Slovenia’s national selection show for Eurovision, titled EMA 2018; and, Lea Sirk came out on top with her song “Hvala, Ne!”. The song, in English, means “Thanks, no!”. She’ll be off to Lisbon, Portugal in May, representing Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

The national final took place yesterday, where she came first in the jury vote with 68 points – far ahead of the others – and came third in the public vote with 48 points. She got a combined total of 116 points, with the public’s top favourite, BQL with “Promise”, coming second with 106 points.

Lea Sirk has previously attempted to represent Slovenia at Eurovision in 2009, 2010, and 2017. She came ninth in 2009, tenth in 2010, and failed to make it through the first semi-final in 2017. It just shows that you will get there in the end if you never give up. She has a bunch of single releases, and released her debut album Roza in 2014.

Watch Lea Sirk Perform Her Eurovision Song “Hvala, Ne!” On EMA 2018 Here:

This is an upbeat track from Slovenia, one that could perform well in Lisbon, Portugal. They need a good placing in the Grand Final, considering they haven’t got through the semi-finals in the last two years. Could Lea Sirk give them their best result? Could she even win the contest and bring Eurovision to Slovenia next year?

To win, she’ll have to get the most votes and there is a lot of tough competition this year. Other acts that have been announced so far are Sennek for BelgiumSaara Aalto for FinlandWaylon for the NetherlandsAISEL for AzerbaijanCesar Sampson for AustriaJessica Mauboy for AustraliaEugent Bushpepa for Albania, Iriao for Georgia, Madame Monsieur for France, Julia Samoylova for RussiaAlfred & Amaia for SpainMikolas Josef for the Czech RepublicRyan O’Shaughnessy for IrelandEleni Foureira for CyprusChristabelle for MaltaZibbz for SwitzerlandSuRie for the United KingdomRasmussen for Denmark, Ermal Meta & Fabrizio Moro for ItalyEye Cue for F.Y.R. MacedoniaFranka for CroatiaNetta Barzilai for IsraelGianna Terzi for Greece, Alekseev for BelarusVanja Radovanovic for MontenegroSanja Ilic & Balkanika for SerbiaMichael Schulte for GermanyDoReDos for MoldovaAWS for HungaryMélovin for Ukraine, and Laura Rizzotto for Latvia.

After Salvador Sobral won for Portugal, last year, with “Amar Pelos Dois”; the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be hosted at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal; with the two Semi-Finals taking place on 8 May and 10 May and the Grand Final taking place on 12 May. A total of 43 countries will compete in the contest.

What do you make of Lea Sirk’s “Hvala, ne!”? Let us know if you think she can win Eurovision 2018 for Slovenia on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Jonathan Currinn

26-year-old writer, blogger, author, and journalist. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2015. I write under the name Critic Jonni, on my blog. I also write for Channillo, Outlet Magazine, SPECTRUMM, Fuzzable, Modern Magazine, and Electric Mode. In the past, I have written for Fox & Squirrel Photography and the Daily Star. Follow me on Twitter @CriticJonni