National Finals season for Eurovision 2022 is well underway. On Friday, Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO released the names and songs of the 24 lucky participants out of the 127 submissions that will be participating in EMA Freš, which is a wildcard selection that will give young and upcoming Slovenian musicians a chance to compete in the 2022 edition of the Slovenian National Final, EMA.
Songs and Artists
Below is a list of the songs and artists that will be competing in EMA Freš.
- Hočem Da – Ain’t Harmony
- Maniac – Anja Vodošek
- Obstajam – De Liri
- A Sem Dovolj? – Ella
- Moja Sreča – Emma
- Črno-Bela – Evita
- Gremo Naprej – Hvala Brothers
- Moj Dopamin – Ina
- Svoje Sreče Krojač – Jaka Hliš
- Jesus Style – Jon Vitezič
- Levo In Desno – Katja Korošec
- Deadly Flower – Katja Kos
- Ko Sva Se Prvič Spoznala – Lara Dovier
- Moja Lekcija – Larayul
- Naked – Leya Leanne
- Disco – LPS (Last Pizza Slice)
- All In – Luma
- I Am So In Love – Marijan Novak & Špela Velikanje
- Telenovela – Mia Vučkovic
- Iščem – Mit Ja Dragon
- Magnum Opus – Neli Jerot
- Počakaj Me – Nika S
- Will You Be Enough – Nina Sodnik
- Tu In Zdaj – Stela Sofia
EMA FREŠ PART 1: ONLINE VOTING
In late November to December, all 24 artists will compete in a knockout-style duel. From Monday November 29 until Thursday December 16, two songs will be presented each Monday to Thursday of that week. This will go on for three consecutive weeks on the MMC RTV Slovenia website. Each day, viewers will vote on who they believe deserves a place in the next round. Once the four finalists of the week are decided, only three will directly proceed to the next stage. Two will be decided by online viewers, whilst the other place will be selected by an expert committee. These three weekly winners will qualify for the second part of EMA Freš.
Each Saturday of the knockout rounds weeks, a panel of young Slovenian musicians, comprising of Joker Out singer Bojan Cvjetićanin, singer Eva Boto and rapper Arne will analyse and unpack the finalists in a webcast by Ema Freš.
By the end of the three weeks, 9 artists will proceed to the final of EMA Freš. Take a look at the helpful graphic below to understand the process better.
In the week from 20 to 24 December, the remaining 15 artists who did not make it through the knockout rounds will get a second chance to secure the remaining 6 spots in the final. Each day, three performers will present their songs online, and the 5 daily winners of the online voting will join the other 9 artists in the EMA Freš 2022 final. See the graphic below again.
EMA FREŠ PART 2: TV FINAL
In January 2022 (date TBC), all 14 finalists will compete in two separate television shows on Television Slovenia. From each show, two songs will be chosen to compete in EMA 2022. One will be chosen by the audience via telephone voting, and the other by an expert jury. The final four acts remaining will then join 16 established musicians to compete for the chance to represent Slovenia at Eurovision in EMA 2022.
This initiative by RTVSLO will welcome a new generation of budding Slovenian artists who dream to make it big, and also increase their exposure in the Slovenian and European music scenes. Who will follow in Ana Soklič’s footsteps? We can only wait and see.
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