Tel Aviv 2019

RTVSLO open submissions for EMA 2019 and introduce changes to format

The submission window for Slovenia’s national final (EMA) is now officially opened and will close next December 14. RTVSLO also introduced some changes to the format compared to previous years. 

No more semi-finals

In 2019, there will no longer be semi-finals of EMA. Instead, the show will take place on a single night with up to 10 participants competing. During the final, a professional jury will select 2 acts that will then proceed to a superfinal. Eventually, televote will decide the winner of the duel, who will earn the right to be Slovenia’s 25th representative at Eurovision. 

Only Slovenian citizenship holders may compete

According to RTVSLO rules, only Slovene may compete at EMA. However, unlike last year, there are no requirements on the language of the songs as they may be performed in any language. Additionally, RTVSLO also have the option of inviting entrants to the show. 

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia made their Eurovision debut back in 1993 with 1X band being their first representative, finishing 22nd. So far, Slovenia made 24 appearances at the contest, only missing out in 1994 and 2000 and qualified for the final on 14 occasions. To date, their best result is the two 7th places achieved in 1995 and 2001 by Darja Švajger and Nuša Derend respectively. In Lisbon, it was Lea Sirk who flew the Slovenian flag at the contest with her song “Hvala Ne“. She performed in the second semi-final and qualified for the grand final ending a 2-year non-qualification streak for Slovenia. In the grand final, she finished 22nd with 64 points.

What are your thoughts on the EMA changes? Will they help Slovenia manage to improve their best results or even win it all? Who would you like see represent them in Tel Aviv?

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA.

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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