Kyiv 2017

Slovenia: Running order revealed ahead of Friday’s EMA final

On Friday and Saturday, Slovenia held both semi-finals of EMA. Both semi-finals consisted of eight entries and four songs progressed from each. In each show, two qualifiers were chosen by the public televote. Then from the remaining six acts, two further acts were chosen by the jury.

Semi-final one

From Friday’s first semi-final, the following four acts qualified. Nevertheless, it has yet to be revealed which acts qualified via the public televote and which were the jury wildcards.

  • KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
  • Nika Zorjan – Fse
  • Omar Naber – On My Way
  • Sell Out – Ni panike

Semi-final two

From Saturday’s second semi-final, these four acts were the ones to complete the final line-up. Once again, it was not revealed which acts qualified as a result of the televote and of the jury vote.

  • BQL – Heart Of Gold
  • Nuška Drašček – Flower In The Snow
  • Raiven – Zažarim
  • Tim Kores – Open Fire

The running order for the final…

Yesterday, RTVSLO revealed the running order for the final via a specially produced video presenting the acts. The show will take place on February 24th. In addition, 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala will be performing as an interval act. Watch the video and read the running order below!

  1. Sell Out – Ni panike
  2. Nuška Drašček – Flower In The Snow
  3. Tim Kores – Open Fire
  4. Nika Zorjan – Fse
  5. KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
  6. Omar Naber – On My Way
  7. BQL – Heart Of Gold
  8. Raiven – Zažarim

Revamped voting format

As previously announced, the final of EMA will incorporate a new voting format. Six regional juries will each award 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points to their favourite 6 acts. In order to make the final result a 50/50 weighting between the juries and the televote, the six televoting favourites will then be awarded 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and 72 points. The act with the most points will then be crowned the winner!

Judging by video views of each semi-final performance on EMA‘s official YouTube channel, male duo BQL seem to be the favourite of the public. The guys have so far amassed over 190,000 views, double that of the second most viewed performance by Nika Zorjan. Slovenia’s 2005 Eurovision representative is the third most viewed finalist with 57,000 views at the time of writing. Nevertheless, while this may suggest these are the public’s favourites, the regional juries could make all the difference!

Which is your favourite finalist in EMA this year? Do you think any of them could challenge for a top 10 finish in Kyiv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media pages @escXtra!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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