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After the conclusion of two preliminary semi-finals last week, the eight qualifying acts competed in the Grand final of Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA), Slovenia’s national final to determine its Eurovision representative.

In the final, the 2015 representatives for Slovenia Maraaya competed with two songs as contenders to fly the Slovenian flag in Kyiv. Maraaya co-wrote BQL’s “Heart of Gold” alongside Anej Piletič as well as Nika Zorjan’s “Fse”, who also co-wrote her own entry. Also, Slovenia’s Eurovision 2005 representative Omar Naber who performed “Stop” also competed in this year’s EMA with “On My Way” which he wrote himself. The EMA runner-up from last year Raiven returned to the competition this year and performed “Zažarim” which is written by Jernej Kržič, Tadej Košir, Sara Briški Cirman.

During the national final, Eurovision 2017 winner for Ukraine Jamala, Eurovision 2016 representative for Slovenia ManuElla and one of the most popular pop singers in Croatia Tony Cetinski performed during the show.

The winner of EMA was decided through a 50/50 combination of public televoting and regional jury voting from six regions in Slovenia. In the end it was Omar Naber that came out on top. Here are the artists that competed in the show tonight:

  1. Sell Out – “Ni panike”
  2. Nuška Drašček – “Flower in the snow”
  3. Tim Kores – “Open Fire”
  4. Nika Zorjan – “Fse”
  5. KiNG FOO – “Wild Ride”
  6. Omar Naber – “On My Way”
  7. BQL – “Heart of Gold”
  8. Raiven – “Zažarim”

As Omar received the highest combination of public televotes and jury votes he will be representing Slovenia in Kyiv in May. Slovenia will be participating and voting in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 9th May.

Last year, Manuella represented the country with “Blue and Red” and failed to make the Eurovision grand final of the competition as she placed 14th in the semi-final with 57 points.

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EMA has been used as Slovenia’s national selection process to choose its Eurovision representative, since their inaugural Eurovision participation in 1993. Since then, 19 series of the show have been aired on RTV SLO. The biggest EMA show took place in 2004 were 32 participants performed over 5 nights. In that year, Platin were the winners with “Stay Forever” who came 21st in the Eurovision semi-final in Istanbul, Turkey and hence failed to qualify for the grand 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.
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