Slovakia returned to Eurovision in 2009. The next 12 months, they despatched Kristina along with her tune ‘Horehronie’, which nonetheless belong to some of the favorite Slovak entries. Updated, Slovakia is among the few nations that by no means certified for the ultimate for the reason that introduction of semifinals in early 00’s.

For the second 12 months in a row, Slovakia held a nationwide remaining in 2010. This prolonged present, that consisted of six heats, two semifinals and a remaining, led right into a tie for the primary two locations within the remaining. Kristina with Horehronie had 12 factors from televote and 11 factors from the jury, whereas Mista with Feelings had 11 factors from televote and 12 from the jury. In the long run, it was televote who received the final phrase, so Kristina gained.

Within the nationwide remaining, as visitor artists, Maltese previous Eurovision participant Fabrizio Faniello and his sister and future Eurovision participant Claudia carried out. It might be solely a coincidence, however Malta acquired Slovakia’s 12 factors within the semifinal of Eurovision 2010. Kristina then again acquired solely 24 factors in complete, which was sufficient for a 16th place within the 17-piece first semifinal.

On the stage, Kristina was accompanied by a four-piece male dance group and Hana Servická, who did the backing vocals. The tune was written by Martin Kavulič and Kamil Peteraj who’re additionally behind most of Kristina’s later songs. Because the title suggests, Horehronie is a tune that praises the character of Horehronie area in Slovakia, which was used additionally for its promotion.

Horehronie – opinions from followers

To be able to discover out what Eurovision followers immediately consider this Slovak entry from 2010, we requested our Eurovision Fan Panel. It contains crew members in addition to followers from everywhere in the world.

Ivana Ok. – Horehronie represents an incredible instance of a wasted alternative and the way efficiency performs a serious function in remaining success. The tune itself was good and excellent in it’s personal method, however Kristina herself introduced nothing particular to the Eurovision stage. Boring and flat efficiency copied and pasted from the nationwide choice and a very nervous singer was not one thing a lot of the followers anticipated to see. One other drawback was the 12 months itself. Early 2010’s weren’t the years of conventional songs sang in nation’s nationwide language, for my part. In conclusion, this tune was fairly good, however the presentation buried the complete potential it had.

Richard C. – Horehronie is a mystical and ethereal anthem with a powerful message. On stage, Kristina appeared magical in her nymph-like apparel. This candy tune had the potential to do fairly effectively. Her candy vocals on the night time nevertheless didn’t dwell as much as the expectations, breaking and sounding fairly pitchy at occasions. The choreography appeared fairly busy and messy additionally and I personally felt it hindered her probabilities of qualifying. It truly is a disgrace because it was one in all my favorite songs from that 12 months.

Antonio P. – This is among the best performances I’ve seen in my ESC life, nonetheless shocked That it didn’t go to the ultimate. Good dancers, nice lyrics, and good vocal. Perhaps she received an excessive amount of nerves, and missed some phrases. I get a sense that I’m strolling in a fantasy world forest, like Willow or Lord of the Rings, or that I’m on an enormous journey. Its additionally unhappy that individuals don’t Perceive people music. If it ought to have gone to the ultimate. My opinion is high 5.

Mirka M. – Kristína is an enthralling and proficient particular person. She is a contemporary breeze on the music scene and the power she has is all the time transferred to everybody who listens to her. With the tune Horehronie she gained the hearts of many individuals in Slovakia but in addition in Europe. For me, her 16th place on the Eurovision Track Contest was an enormous disappointment. I hearken to her songs on a regular basis and I hope that we are going to hear extra new ones.

Charlotte J. – Her voice is mild, gentle and fragile but extraordinarily safe. I actually like that. I like large components of the background music too. Efficiency-wise it’s nice to have a look at. All good, however but, I can’t appear to connect with it. I take pleasure in it, I actually do. I’m simply afraid that in the event you ask me in half an hour, I’d have forgotten about it once more.

Josef Š. – I loved the entire Slovak nationwide choice and Kristina actually stood out among the many others. Horehronie is a cheerful tune and filled with power so the dance is an ideal match for this tune. And I don’t point out these nature-themed inexperienced costumes and chant-like backing vocalist. One among my favorite Slovak entries ever.

Ashleigh Ok. – What a wierd tune. I truthfully can’t inform if I prefer it or not… Kristina confirmed lots of charisma and I used to be to look at her and watch the efficiency unfold. The vocals have been fairly good however not wonderful. Do I like this or do I not? I don’t know!! I’ll definitely have to look at/hearken to this once more.

Alvaro S. – OMG I like this tune. The very best entry from Slovakia. I favored the ethnic outfits which instantly makes me take into consideration nature, the forests and the mythology and faith from historic Slavic (and European) tribes even higher than Emmelie de Forest’s profitable tune. There isn’t any doubt why followers love this tune. To this date, this is among the greatest injustices within the contest.

Michael O. – Oh if ever there was an entry that I’m sick of that is it. All these folks griping it by no means certified, ten years on. It’s an okay tune that simply wasn’t ok, now the subsequent 12 months Slovakia got here up with a gem.

Enio P. – I have to admit that I’ve a combined opinion about this entry from Slovakia. The staging was formidable (jogs my memory of Hobbits dancing in a forest) and Kristina has a transparent and contemporary voice tone. However the tune wasn’t impactful sufficient (repetitive melody and not using a climax) and it didn’t fairly join with me.

Ray M. – Every time I hear a Eurovision tune sung in a local language, I’m hesitant to evaluation it as I’ll miss one thing culturally important. Sadly, I didn’t take pleasure in this tune and efficiency of Horehronie by Kristina Pelakova. The tune could be very unoriginal musically and a few of the lyrics appear squeezed in as if it have been tailored from a poem. Additionally, the dancing tree males have been extra of a distraction to me and I get irritated when parts like that don’t actually help the tune.

William S. – Kristina introduced presumably Slovakia’s finest ever probability on the contest with this ethnic pop banger. I bear in mind the fan response to this when it gained in Slovakia and the way this might presumably win the entire contest. She appeared lovely in her nymph-like costume and the darkish staging of most 2010 staging suited this completely. Just one factor was lacking, good dwell vocals. This actually was a missed alternative for one of many extra obscure Eurovision nations.

Wouter V. – Horehronie is each enchantingly lovely and a little bit bit annoying. It’s received me hooked onto it proper from the intro, however after that I simply preserve ready for a refrain that by no means actually comes. Elements of the music and lyrics are repeated, so perhaps that’s it – but it surely’s not practically as distinct as you’d count on from a Eurovision tune. Truthfully, I simply preserve considering: Don’t bore us, get to the refrain. And that comes from anyone who normally zones out throughout a refrain, and judges songs primarily on the verses and the bridge specifically.

Get pleasure from Kristina’s efficiency from the 2010 Eurovision Track Contest on this embedded video. Under the video, you’ll be able to learn extra about Kristina.

Kristina – A mini biography

Kristina (full title Kristína Peláková) is a singer from japanese Slovakia. She began to be desirous about singing, dancing and appearing already in her childhood, which introduced her to music highschool in Košice. Throughout her research, she carried out in native music membership the place she met Martin Kavulič, who later turned her producer in addition to a composer of most of her songs.

Kirstina launched her first songs in 2007 and extra adopted. The primary one with greater success was Vrať mi tie hvezdy in 2008. Others embody 5 no.1 hits in Slovak charts in addition to many different TOP 10 locations. Her songs have been fashionable not solely in Slovakia but in addition in neighboring Czech Republic and Slovakia.

In 2015, Kristina took half in a dance competitors Tanec Snov (Dance of Desires) the place a star is paired with skilled dancers, much like Strictly Come Dancing. She was paired with Karol Kotlár and completed because the runner-up. In the identical 12 months, she starred in Czech & Slovak movie Život je život (Life is Life) and a Czech & Slovak Christmas fairytale Johančino tajemství (Johanka’s secret). Kristina additionally sings a business advert theme for cosmetics firm Dermacol, which was aired within the Czech Republic.

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