Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO have announced that band Joker Out! have been selected to represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in Liverpool.
The band have already selected the song they will perform at the contest, and it will be released on February 4.
Speaking at the press conference with RTVSLO, frontman Bojan Cvjetićanin said:
“We talked about the Eurovision Song Contest years ago, but we were waiting for the right moment, which is obviously now,”
This is only the second time Slovenia have selected their Eurovision entry internally, last doing so in 2021. Joker Out! had already started to work on a song for EMA before RTVSLO contacted them to offer the chance to go to Eurovision.
Who are Joker Out!
Joker Out! is a pop rock band formed of five members: Bojan Cvjetićanin, Kris Guštin, Jan Peteh, Jure Maček and Martin Jurkovič.
The band formed in 2016, releasing their first single in November called “Kot srce ki kri poganja”. The highest viewed video on their YouTube channel is their song “Umazane Misli”, gaining 1.5 million views.
Joker Out! have also been nominated for eight Zlata piščals, a Slovenian professional music awards, winning three; one for Rookie of the Year in 2020, and two for Artist of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
Slovenia at Eurovision
Slovenia debuted in the contest in 1994, finishing in 22nd place with 1X Band and their song “Tih deževen dan” (Quiet Rainy Day). Slovenia’s best result at the contest came only a year later when they reached 7th place with Darja Švajger and her song “Prisluhni mi” (Listen To Me).
Slovenia have failed to qualify for the final in the last two editions, finishing in last place in 2022 with LPS and their song “Disko“.
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