Ana Soklič is set to represent Slovenia with her song “Voda” at Eurovision Rotterdam 2020 in May, after winning tonight’s EMA final.
The running order for the show was as follows:
- Simon Vadnjal – “Nisi sam”
- Saška – “Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh”
- Gaja Prestor – “Verjamem vase”
- Ana Soklič – “Voda”
- INMATE – “The Salt”
- Manca Berlec – “Večnost”
- Tinkara Kovač – “Forever”
- Božidar Wolfand – Wolf – “Maybe Someday”
- Parvani Violet – “Cupid”
- Klara Jazbec – “Stop the World”
- Imset – “Femme Fatale”
- Lina Kuduzović – “Man Like U”
That follows after Eurovision Prediction ruled that Lina Kuduzović would win.
Between November and January, RTVSLO held a pre-selection – EMA FREŠ – where young artists, under the age of 26, competed for one of two spaces in the main EMA show.
Tonight, in the first round of voting, a three-person jury selected two songs to progress to the super final.
Ana Soklič and Lina Kuduzović faced each other in a final duel, following which the Slovenian televote chose Ana as the winner.
After that, the public selected this year’s representative for Slovenia.
Slovenia will perform in the first semi-final of Eurovision Rotterdam 2020 on 12 May.
Slovenia in Eurovision
Slovenia made its debut on the Eurovision stage as an independent nation in 1993, after winning Kvalifikacija za Millstreet and getting the right to compete. They qualified along with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, who finished second and third respectively
The artist to represent the country for the first time was 1X Band, who sang “Tih deževen dan”. They finished in 22nd with nine points.
Since then, Slovenia has competed 24 times overall as an independent nation. Previously, they have competed as Yugoslavia alongside: Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia. As Yugoslavia, only four of the 27 entries were from Slovenia.
The country’s best results have been twice in seventh place. The first one was in 1995, thanks to Darja Švajger who sang “Prisluhni mi”. Meanwhile, the second of those came in 2001 with Nuša Derenda and “Energy”.
Last year, Slovenia qualified for the Grand Final for the second consecutive year thanks to Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl’s “Sebi”. After finishing 6th in the first semi-final, they finished 15th with 105 points overall.
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