High-school band wins Slovenia’s Eurosong contest

Ljubljana – LPS or Last Pizza Slice, a band of five teenagers, will represent Slovenia at the 66th Eurovision song contest in Turin with the song ‘Disko’ (Disco) after winning the combined vote from the audience and judges last night.

LPS made it to the final of the national EMA contest as one of the four finalists of EMA Fresh, the competition for young up-and-coming talents.

They won the most points from the televoting after coming second in the votes of five juries, after the band Batista Cadillac and their song ‘Mim Pravil’ (Flouting Rules), which ended up second overall.

The votes of the five juries – representing groups including musicians, producers, radio and TV music editors and Eurosong fans – and televoting contributed 50% each to the final score.

The band appeared to be taken off their feet by the victory with the frontman Filip Vidušin describing the feat as their “dream come true”. He said they were surprised they even made it to the EMA final.

They wrote the music and the lyrics for ‘Disko’ themselves. The song started off in a bossa nova rhythm, then they worked on the lyrics and came up with the title once they started improvising in disco rhythms, said Vidušin.

LPS was founded in December 2018 at a Celje secondary school. Apart from Vidušin as the singer, it comprises drummer Gašper Hlupič, guitarist Mark Semeja, Žiga Žvižej on the keyboard and Zala Velenšek, the only woman and at 17 the youngest member of the band, as the bass guitar, tenor and alto saxophone player.

Their repertoire is a mix of soul-pop, funk, blues, rock and jazz.

A total of 12 finalists featured at the EMA final.

LPS will appear in the first semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Turin on 10 May. Ana Soklič, Slovenia’s entrant last year, did not make it to the final.