The Slovenian broadcaster RTV Slovenija have confirmed their participation at Eurovision 2023, meaning they will join next year’s contest, due to be held in the United Kingdom.
RTV Slovenija confirms participation
Representing Slovenia in Eurovision, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV) confirmed recently to that they will be taking part in Eurovision next year in the United Kingdom. This was confirmed by the Facebook page EMA – Eurovision Slovenia and backed up and shared by the official television account of the broadcaster. As of this writing, the number of countries confirmed stands at 32.
The broadcaster has not shared details of their selection method yet, however, as the EMA account was used to share the news, it might be expected that the Slovenian delegation will continue to use that national final to select their entry. EMA has been used to select the Slovenian entry in varying forms ever since their debut, only not running in 2021, when they decided to keep Ana Soklič as a representative following 2020’s cancellation, and 2000 when Slovenia was relegated. In its most recent form, used in 2020 and 2022, it has a preselection show, EMA FREŠ, to give new and undiscovered Slovenian artists a chance to represent Slovenia.
Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest as an independent country since 1993, only missing a handful of contests since then. Their best result is 7th, achieved in both 1994 and 2001. Since the introduction of the semi-finals, Slovenia has had mixed results, only appearing in six finals since 2004. Its highest finish in the semi-final era was in 2011, when Maja Keuc finished 13th with ‘No One’. Slovenia’s most recent appearance in the final was in 2019, when Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl performed their subtle beauty ‘Sebi’ to a 15th place finish. ‘Sebi’ currently holds the Slovenian points record, with 101 points.
In 2022, they selected the young band LPS with their song ‘Disko’. Despite giving an energetic and likeable performance, including a disco ball, the group finished 17th, last, in the first semi-final.
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