Following the Slovenian broadcaster’s announcement of the EMA 2020 particpants and the EMA Fres results that completed the final line up, today the broadcaster revealed snippets of the competing entries. 

Fans can now have a taste of what we are going to see in this year’s national final of EMA 2020 that will determine the Slovenian Eurovision 2020 entry. The broadcaster released snippets of the competing 12 entries:

From a total of 74 song submitted, a jury formed by  Raiven (3 times past participant and one time host of EMA ), Mojca Menart (RTVSLO)  and Jernej Vene (music producer of the radio station Val 202 ), shorlisted the candidate to 10 finalists. Two more acts , selected through the online radio selection EMA Fres completed the national final line up:

The 12 competing acts of the Slovenian national final are:

  • Ana Soklič – Voda
  • Božidar Wolfand Wolf – Maybe Someday
  • Gaja Prestor – Verjamem vase
  • Imset – Femme Fatale
  • InMate – The Salt
  • Klara Jazbec – Stop The World
  • Lina Kuduzović – Man Like U
  • Manca Berlec – Večnost
  • Simon Vadnjal – Nisi sam
  • Tinkara Kovač – Forever
  • Parvani Violet – Cupid
  • Saška – Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh

Among the candidates stand out , Tinkara Kovač which represented Slovenia in ESC 2014 with the song Round and Round finishing 25th. Notable the particicpation of Lina Kuduzović which represented Slovenia at Junior Eurovision το 2015 finishing 3rd and the participation of InMate who also competed in EMA 2019 ending in the 7th place.

The EMA 2020 national final is set to take place on February 22 in RTVSLO’s studios in Ljubljana. Once the performances are completed a three member jury will select the best two acts, from which the public will decide who to send to Rotterdam next May.

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: