Today the rehearsals for Eurovision 2023 continue in Liverpool. Countries rehearsing on Day 3 include Estonia, Iceland, Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Austria, Albania, Lithuania and Australia. The fifth to rehearse today is Slovenia’s Joker Out.
Joker Out’s first rehearsal
The next to take to the Eurovision 2023 stage at Liverpool Arena in Liverpool was Slovenia’s Joker Out. joker Out will be competing in this year’s competition with their entry “Carpe Diem” following on from their internal selection .
Following Joker Out’s first rehearsal a clip of what went on was posted on the official TikTok account of the Eurovision Song Contest. The clip showed Joker Out before and after they took to the Eurovision stage for the first time, as well as giving us some insight into how their first rehearsal went.
What did we learn about Slovenia’s staging?
According to the official Eurovision liveblog Joker Out make an effortless performance. They are amazing at connecting with the audience at home and in the arena. They are being compared to the charisma of Måneskin. Their big stage experience show up in the performance and the guys seem to have the time of their lives on stage.
What we thought of Joker Out’s first rehearsal
After Joker Out’s first rehearsal, Rosie gave her initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw.
Who are Joker Out
Indie rock band Joker Out formed in 2016, following the break ups of Apokalipsa and Buržuazija. Their current line up consists of lead singer Bojan Cvjetićanin, guitarists Kris Guštin and Jan Peteh, drummer Jure Maček and bassist Nace Jordan. Some members of the group are still students alongside their musical careers.
In 2017, the band won the fourth season of the Špil league (a competition for student musicians). They then begun to perform at festivals across the country, and release the first tracks from Umazane misli, which would become their first album in 2021. In 2019, they returned following an 8-month hiatus to hold their first ever solo concert – at Ljubljana Castle.
The band’s success has not stopped there. In 2020, the group were awarded the Zlata piščal for Newcomer of the Year, and the award for Artist of the Year in 2021. They are currently nominated for the same award again for 2023.
2022 saw the release of their second album, Demoni. This was accompanied by a single of the same name, the band’s first song in Serbian. Recently, the band have released a collaboration with rock legend Elvis Costello, “New Wave”.
“Carpe Diem” has lyrics by Cvjetićanin, while the music is composed by all members of the group. In an interview with Yorkshire Times, they described the song as capturing their biggest desires at the time of writing: “to dance all night, make love and play video games”.
Slovenia’s Eurovision Journey
In 1993, Slovenia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest. Their first artist was 1X Band with the song “Tih deževen dan”, which placed 22nd. Since their debut, they have participated 26 times (15 of which, where they qualified for the Grand Final.)
Slovenia’s recent Eurovision participation, saw them being represented by LPS. The band represented Slovenia with the song “Disko”. At the close of voting, LPS placed 18th in the first semi-final; receiving 15 points from the jury and televoters, finishing last in the semi-final.
What do you think of “Carpe Diem”? Can Joker Out bring Eurovision to Slovenia? Let us know your thoughts! Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
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