The first 16 participants that will take part in Slovenia’s national selection EMA 2022 have been revealed. They will be joined by four more acts who will qualify through the EMA FREŠ selection. Two semi-finals will then be held in February to select 12 acts for the EMA 2022 final.
127 songs were submitted to take part in both EMA 2022 and EMA FREŠ, a decline from 2020 when 191 songs were submitted to the national selection. The further four semi-finalists will be selected at the EMA FREŠ final, which will be held in January. The line-up for the final will be announced on Friday 24th December.
The confirmed EMA line-up
16 participants have been announced so far, with four expected to be added through the FREŠ selection. The 20 acts will be split across two semi-finals, with 6 acts qualifying from each semi-final to the final.
- Anabel – Tendency
- Batista Cadillac – Mim pravil
- Bowrain & Brina – Čas je
- BQL – Maj
- David Amaro – Še vedno so lepa
- Eva Moskon – Kliki
- Gušti feat. Leyre – Nova romantika
- Hauptman – Sledim
- Jonatan Haller – Ozborje
- July Jones – Girls Can Do Anything
- Klara Jazbec – Chasing Dreams
- Le Serpentine – Tud teb se lahk zgodi
- Manouche – Si sama?
- Mia Guček – Independiente
- Vedran Ljubenko – H₂O dieta
- Zala Smolnikar – V ogledalu
Slovenia at Eurovision 2021
After winning EMA 2020, Ana Soklič was set to represent Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest 2020 with the song “Voda”. However, as the contest was cancelled due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Slovenian broadcaster RTV Slovenija internally selected Ana to represent the country in 2021.
Initially, it was announced that EMA 2021 would go ahead, albeit as a selection purely for Ana Soklič’s entry for Rotterdam. However, due to the state of the pandemic, the show became purely a song presentation show for “Amen”, her 2021 entry. The entry was selected from a field of 191 songs, and was co-written by Charlie Mason, who has worked with the likes of Miley Cyrus and Conchita.
In Rotterdam, she finished 13th in semi-final one with 44 points, marking Slovenia’s first non-qualification since 2017.
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