RTVSLO, Slovenia’s national broadcaster, has confirmed the country’s participation in the next edition of the Eurovision song contest, beginning today the country’s national final process by opening the EMA 2020 submission window.

RTVSLO seeks for younger acts

RTVSLO has launched EMA FREŠ, an online side project-selection, according which all submitted entries will be published on the RTV website and social media accounts, in order for all visitors to cast their vote for their favourite song daily, while the winners will be proceeding to weekly vote-off. The winner of the competition will win a spot in the main national selection contest. 

Acts aged under 26 yo with les than three produced songs can sign up in this process. By the EMA FREŠ  project the broadcaster aims to bring more younger skilled musicians in the competition.Interested young composers have a period up to 19th September to submit their music creations.

EMA 2020

The same time the submission window for the main national selection event, EMA 2020, has opened and all composers can send in their proposals through  the official EMA website  until 18th November.

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: