Tinkara Kovač

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Tinkara Kovač
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Tinkara Kovač (2014)
Background information
Birth nameTinkara Kovač
Born (1978-09-03) 3 September 1978 (age 40)
Koper, SFR Yugoslavia
GenresPop, rock
Years active1997–present
Tinkara Kovač presenting herself on Eurosong 2014.

Tinkara Kovač (born 3 September 1978) is a Slovenian singer and musician. She represented her country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen.


Career in general[edit]

Her professional career as a singer started in 1997, when she won "Most promising singer award" at the Portorož festival. Her appearance was encouraged by known local composer Danilo Kocjančič, which together with lyrics writer Drago Mislej – Mef and Marino Legovič wrote the winning song and later the whole material for her first album.[1][2]

In 2004, at the time of her fourth concert in Ljubljana's Cankar Centre, she invited Ian Anderson (singer of the group Jethro Tull), which greatly contributed to her decision to start playing flute.[3] At Anderson's reverse invitation she participated as a guest during the band's tour in Croatia,[4] Italy, Austria and Germany. Later she sang also with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin[5] and other musicians, like Carlos Núñez Muñoz, Dan Lavery, Massimo Bubola, Bungaro and Paul Millns.[6] Her musical influences are U2, KT Tunstall, Imogen Heap, Pink Floyd, Coldplay and Jethro Tull.[7]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Kovač had made three previous attempts to represent Slovenia. In Slovenia's 1999 national final, she won the televote but finished second after the jury vote was given. She also finished fifth in 2001 and 10th in 1997.

  • 1997: Veter z juga (Danilo Kocjančič - Drago Mislej - Marino Legovič) – 10th (574 televotes)
  • 1999: Zakaj (Marino Legovič - Drago Mislej - Marino Legovič) – 2nd (62 points)
  • 2001: Sonce v očeh (Tinkara Kovač, Sergej Pobegajlo - Zvezdan Martič - Sergej Pobegajlo) – 4th (18 points)
  • 2014: Spet/Round and Round (Raay - Tinkara Kovač, Hannah Mancini, Tina Piš - Raay) – 1st (7.932 televotes)

On 8 March 2014, Kovač was announced as the winner of Slovenian selection, EMA 2014 with her bilingual song "Spet/Round and Round"[8] meaning she will represent Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The song was written by Kovač, Raay, Tina Piš, and the Slovene representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Hannah Mancini.[9][10] She managed to get into final evening and finished 25th out of 26.[11]

Slovenian song festival 1998[edit]

She participated with the song "Moški in ženska" ("Man and Woman").


  • 1993: Odločitev
  • 1995: Moje flavte nežni zvok
  • 1997: Veter z juga, Ne odhaja poletje
  • 1998: Moški in ženska
  • 1999: Zakaj
  • 2001: Sonce v očeh
  • 2003: Reason why
  • 2009: Če je to vse
  • 2012: Je to res
  • 2013: Mars in Venera
  • 2014: Spet/Round and round, 2X2, Cuori di ossigeno
  • 2015: Ocean, Canzone per te (with Perpetuum jazzile), Pesem zate (with Perpetuum jazzile)


  • Ne odhaja poletje (1997)
  • Košček neba (1999)
  • Na robu kroga (2001)
  • O-range (2003)
  • Enigma (2004)
  • aQa (2007)
  • The Best of Tinkara (2009)
  • Rastemo (2012)
  • Zazibanke (2013)
  • Round and round/Spet (2014)

Personal life[edit]

Kovač achieved formal music education as a professor with a degree in flute playing at the Giuseppe Tartini conservatory in Trieste. She lives near the Karst Plateau together with her partner and two daughters.[1][12] She is of partial Hungarian ancestry.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Tinkare Kovač z začetka ni več in je tudi več ne bo!". Delo si. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  2. ^ "FOTO: Na MMS slavila Tinkara Kovač". 24ur.com. 7 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Tinkara Kovač – glasbenica, ki ve kaj počne". Soncek.com. Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Tinkara je zaustavila dih in pospešila srca tudi hrvaški publiki". Rockonnet.com. 2 June 2004.
  5. ^ "Glasbeno presenečenje v Kopru". Rtvslo.si. 26 July 2007.
  6. ^ "Tinkara Kovač - Round and round (Slovenia 2014) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest - Copenhagen 2014". Eurovision.tv. 2014-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  7. ^ Oliver, Eliza-Jane (20 April 2014). "Slovenia: The Tinkara Interview". Esctoday.com. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Tinkara Kovač - Round and round (Slovenia) 2014 LIVE Eurovision Second Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 2014-05-13.
  9. ^ Leon, Jakov I. (8 March 2014). "Tinkara Kovač wins EMA 2014". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Tinkara Kovač wins EMA 2014". Rtvslo.si. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Slovenija s Tinkaro v evrovizijski finale!". RTV Slovenija. 2014-05-08.
  12. ^ "Tinkara Kovač rodila deklico". 24ur.com. 31 March 2013.
  13. ^ Interview from a Hungarian portal (Mosaic Online)

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hannah Mancini
with "Straight into Love"
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Here for You"