RTVSLO have announced the first 10 artists who will be competing in EMA 2020! The names include Junior Eurovision 2015 star Lina Kuduzović and Eurovision 2014 finalist Tinkara Kovač! The line-up will be completed by the two winners of EMA FREŠ.
If, like me, you’re exhausted hearing anything more about EMA FREŠ, you’ll be glad to know that the finalists of the actual selection for Slovenia’s Eurovision artist have been announced! Of course, the marathon pre-pre-selection is far from over, with the final due to take place next month. The final two artists competing in EMA 2020 will be selected in this televised final.
Then, Slovenia will be selecting their artist for Rotterdam on February 22nd. A three-person jury will select to two acts to advance to the superfinal. Public voting will then decide which of the two super finalists wins the ticket to Rotterdam. As any of you drama-addicts know, this same format was used for last year’s selection, where Zala and Gasper pulled a shock landslide win over RAIVEN.
Here are the confirmed finalists for EMA 2020 and the entries they will present:
- Ana Soklič – “Voda” (Water)
- Božidar Wolfand Wolf – “Maybe Someday”
- Gaja Prestor – “Verjamem vase” (I believe in myself)
- Imset – “Femme Fatale”
- Inmate – “The Salt”
- Klara Jazbec – “Stop the World”
- Lina Kuduzović – “Man Like U”
- Manca Berlec – “Večnost” (Eternity)
- Simon Vadnjal – “Nisi sam” (You are not alone)
- Tinkara Kovač – “Forever”
- Marmoris – “Moj pristan”
- Astrid in Avantgarden – “Sing To Me”
- Klarity – “Diham”
- Lana Hrvatin – “Dream”
- Parvani Violet – “Cupid”
- Pia Nina – “Tukaj in zdaj”
- Saška – “Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh”
- Stella – “Ne vem, če sem v redu”
- Alfirev – “Črno bela lika”
- Younite – “The Cure”
Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovenia has competed 24 times as an independent nation. Previously, they have competed as Yugoslavia alongside: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As Yugoslavia, only four of the 27 entries were from Slovenia.
Slovenia officially debuted in 1993, where they won the right to compete after winning Kvalifikacija za Millstreet. They qualified along with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, who finished second and third respectively. Slovenia were represented in 1993 by 1X Band who sang “Tih deževen dan”. They finished in 22nd with Nine points.
Slovenia’s best ever finish at Eurovision is Seventh Place, which they have achieved twice. The first of those came in 1995, when Darja Švajger sang “Prisluhni mi”. Likewise the second of those came in 2001, when Nuša Derenda sang “Energy”. In Lisbon last year, it was Lea Sirk who flew the Slovenian flag with her song “Hvala Ne“. She performed in the second semi-final and successfully qualified for the grand final, ending a 2-year non-qualification streak for Slovenia. In the grand final, she finished 22nd with 64 points.
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