RTVSLO has revealed snippets of the 16 songs competing in this year’s EMA. The winner of EMA 2017 will represent Slovenia at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
EMA 2017 will begin on Friday 17th February with the first semi-final, and will continue on Saturday 18th with the second semi-final. Eight songs will compete in each semi, with four qualifying from each. Two of the four qualifiers will be decided by a public vote, whilst the other two will be decided by a jury. The running order for each semi-final along with the snippets of the songs can be found below:
Semi-Final 1 (17th February)
- “Wild Ride” – KiNG FOO
- “Fse” – Nika Zorjan
- “Free World” – Tosca Beat
- “Freedom” – Lia Sirk
- “Ni panike” – Sell Out
- “Lalalatino” – Zala Đurić Ribič
- “Halo” – Alya
- “On My Way” – Omar Naber
Semi-Final 2 (18th February)
- “Tok ti sede” – Clemens
- “Zažarim” – Raiven
- “Are You There” – Kataya & Duncan Kamakana
- “Heart of Gold” – BQL
- “Colour Me” – Ina Shai
- “Heart to Heart” – United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex Volasko
- “Open Fire” – Tim Kores Kori
- “Flower in the Snow” – Nuška Drašček
The eight qualifiers from these two semi-finals will participate in the grand final of EMA 2017 on Friday 24th February. The winner will be decided by a 50/50 public-jury split, with the jury made up of six regional juries.
The winner of EMA 2017 will represent Slovenia in the second half of the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision on 9th May. They will aim to take Slovenia back to the Eurovision final after last year’s entrant ManuElla finished in 14th place in her semi-final with “Blue and Red”.
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Slovenia were 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, with seven countries competing 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 with a total of 84 points. She is closely followed by Nuša Derenda who finished 7th in the 2001 contest with 70 points.