EMA the Slovenian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest is reported to be being held over three nights for the first time since 2008.
Evrovizija.com is reporting that the Slovenian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest will be held over three successive nights for the first time since 2008. The final of EMA 2017 is according to the report being held on February 24, with two semi finals being held on 22 February and 23 February. RTVSLO has not confirmed these reports.
In total 90 songs were submitted to compete in the Slovenian selection process for next years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, this is up by 29 over the selection process for 2016. In the two previous years that a three night EMA selection has been held between 20 and 24 songs were selected to go through into two semi finals. From these semi finals only half of the competing songs then qualified for the final on the Saturday night.
Slovenia is one of a number of countries reported to be changing their selection process following poor results in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. Montenegro has opted to hold an open selection from which the broadcaster will pick the countries entrant. While in Switzerland the selection has seen the removal of broadcaster quotas instead focusing on finding the best 6 to 10 songs to go through to the final.
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Slovenia was one of three countries to join the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. The country qualified through a specially organised selection round called “Kvalifikacija za Millstreet” which was hosted in Slovenia, seven countries competed for three spots in Eurovision 1993. The country has participated in 22 editions of the Eurovision Song Contest. Their best result came in 1995 when Darja Švajger finished 7th scoring a total of 84 points, she is closely followed by Nuša Derenda who finished 7th in the 2001 contest with 70 points.