Back in May, Slovenia’s broadcaster RTVSLO confirmed that Ana Soklič will be representing them next year, following the cancellation of the 2020 contest. They had since revealed that almost 200 songs had been submitted in contention to be her entry. Details of how her song will be selected are currently being considered.
With the announcement of Ana’s internal selection, it became unlikely that EMA would be returning for the 2021 season. However, we could still see some form of public selection process for Slovenia’s entry.
The selection system for Ana’s song for 2021 also depends, at least in part, on the possibility of making a selection, so we will have to wait a little longer for the final decision.The creators of EMA via RTVSLO’s Twitter
The outcome, as with much of the preparations for Eurovision 2021, depend on the trajectory of the pandemic.
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
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. They ended up placing 22nd with “Tih deževen dan” by 1X Band.
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”.
In 2020, Slovenia selected Ana Soklič as their representative with the song ‘Voda’. She won EMA 2020, having been selected by the jury to face Lina Kuduzović in the Super Final.
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