Slovenia: RTVSLO reveals the EMA 2020 participants
The Slovenian national broadcaster, RTVSLO, has announced the 10 acts that will compete in the country’s Eurovision national final ΕΜΑ 2020.
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 the following 10 finalist:
- 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
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.
Two more contestant determined via EMA Fresh on January 18 will complete line up of the EMA 2020 final , which 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: