RTVSLO, the Slovenian national broadcaster, has revealed more details about EMA 2018, the Slovenian selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
EMA 2018 will be held in RTVSLO Studio 1 in Ljubljana. According to unofficial sources, the semi-final will take place on February 17, a week before the final. Unlike last year’s selection, members of the public will not be able to attend either show. The entries will not be revealed in full until the semi-final.
EMA 2018 will consist of a semi-final and a final. From the 16 competing songs, eight will be chosen for the final. Four will be chosen by the public and four will be chosen by the jury. All songs must be performed in Slovene in the semi-final but there is no language restriction in the final.
The 16 participants in EMA 2018 are:
- Anabel – “Pozitiva”
- BQL – “Ptica”
- Gregor Ravnik – “Zdaj je čas”
- Ina Shai – “V nebo”
- Indigo – “Vesna”
- KiNG FOO – “Žive sanje”
- Lara Kadis – “Zdaj sem tu”
- Lea Sirk – “Cirque”
- ManuElla – “Dan potem”
- Marina Martensson – “Blizu”
- MILA – “Svoboda”
- Nika Zorjan – “Uspavanka”
- Nuška Drašček – “Ne zapusti me zdaj”
- Orter – “Tisoč let”
- Proper – “Ukraden cvet”
- Tanja Ribič – “Ljudje”
Slovenia has used EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija) to select their Eurovision entry since 1993, with the exception of 2012 and 2013. The winner of EMA 2017 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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.