RTVSLO the Slovenian broadcaster has launched this year   the new online selection format of EMA Freš, through which two acts will fill in two spots in the national final of  EMA 2020. 

How does EMA FREŠ work

A total of 18 acts will battle for the two spots in the national final.  From November 4 onwards, each day from Monday to Wednesday  a duel of acts battle for a spot in Friday’s weekly final round. The public votes for a winner from each ‘daily duel’ via the EMA Facebook page, while a jury will also selects a winner.

After the first three weeks, a total of six artists will have qualified to the EMA Freš final. The four finalists left will be selected through a second chnance round , an additional online vote among the duels’ losers.  The 10 finalists will fight  for one of the two spots in the EMA 2020 national final. One will be selected by public voting and second one by a jury. The two acts will compete in the national final againsts the other established artists.

In last week’s first set of duels, Stella won the first duel, Younite the second and Martina the third. Eventually the first two acts made it to the final.

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2nd Week’s Results

This week we saw another set of 3 duels unfolded as following determining three more winners:

Monday, November 11th
  • Klarity – Diham (I’m breathing)(winner)
  • Tilen Lotrič – Jaz in ti (Me and you)
 Tuedsay, November 12th
  • Marko Škof – Hočem da je vse kot prej (I want everything as before)
  • Petra Ceglar – Srce naglas (Heart out loud) (Winner)
Wednesday,  November 13th
  • Parvani Violet – Cupid (winner)
  • Sara Petešič – Sanjaj / Dream

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During this Friday’s final round, the three qualifiers had to face another round of public and jury voting. Eventually, Klarity and Parvani Violet achieved to pass to the EMA FREŠ final. On the other hand, Petra who was this Friday’s loserwill have a  chance to compete in the second chance round alongside with Martina from last friday’s round.

Therefore, the EMA FREŠ finalists that have been determined so far are:

  • Stella
  • Younite
  • Klarity
  • Parvani Violet

3rd week’s duel

EMA FREŠ will move into its thrid week of duels with three more sets of duels. Next week’s timeline has has following:

 Monday, November 18th
  • Ljudmila Frelih – Vztrajaj, ker je vredno (Persevere because it’s worth it)
  • Saška – Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh (I’m still chasing your smile)
Tuesday, November 19th
  • Alfirev – Črno bela lika (Black and white figure)
  • Nuša Pliberšek – Življenje je čarovnija (Life is magic)
Wednesday, November 20th
  • Lana Hrvatin – Dream
  • Marmoris – Moj pristan (My haven)

The Eurovision story so far

Slovenia participated at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 with 1X Band and hasn’t won yet the competition. The country’s best results in the contest is a 7th placing, achieved  in 1995 (Darja Svajger) and 2001 (Nusa Derenda).

Slovenia has competed 24 times in the contest since their debut in 1993, and has only missed out the contests of 1994 and 2000 when it had to stay out of the event due to the rules of the competition at that time. In 2018 Slovenia opted to select its Eurovision act and entry via its traditional national selection EMA. Lea Sirk flew to Lisbon with her entry Hvala, ne!, placing 22nd in the Grand Final.

This year the country was represented in Tel Aviv by the duo, Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl and their entry “Sebi” which finished in 15th place in the Grand final, marking Slovenia’s fourth semi final qualification the last six years of participation. Let rememer Zala and Gašper’s performance on Expo Tel Aviv’s stage in the grand final: