Slovenia has received 108 song submissions for EMA 2018.
Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has revealed that a total of 108 songs have been submitted for their Eurovision national final show EMA 2018. Slovenia opened their submission window on September 15th. This is an increase on the 90 submissions received for the 2017 contest.
Slovenia has used EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija) to select their Eurovision entry since 1996, with the exception of 2012 and 2013. There has been a change to the rules this year, as songs must be submitted in Slovenian, or another minority language such as Croatian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Romani, or Serbian. The 2017 edition of EMA saw a rule change in which six Slovene regional juries gave out their votes as 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 points, and televoting distributed 252 points between the finalists.
Since the language rule was abolished at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1999 seven entries from Slovenia have been performed entirely in Slovene, while one song was performed in English and Slovene. Slovenia’s best result when performing in Slovenian in the past 10 years came in 2007 when Alenka Gotar finished 15th in the final with the song “Cvet z juga”.
This year the winner of EMA was Omar Naber, who went on to the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. With his song “On My Way”, he didn’t manage to get out of the semi-final and finished 17th with 36 points. This was not the first time Omar represented his country, as he made his first appearance at Eurovision in 2005 with his song “Stop”.
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.