Slovenia have confirmed that they will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel.
RTVSLO, the Slovenian national broadcaster, is expected to announce the exact details of how the Slovene entry for Eurovision 2019 will be selected in the coming weeks. It is expected that EMA (Evrovizijska Melodija) will be used to select an entry. EMA has selected every Slovenian Eurovision entry since the country’s debut in 1993, except for 2013. The format of EMA has varied from year to year. This year’s edition comprised of a semi-final and a final. Contestants had to sing in Slovene in the semi-final but could sing in any language in the final. A combination of five juries (50%) and public voting (50%) decided the winner.
Lea Sirk represented Slovenia in Lisbon this year with “Hvala, ne!” She was the first Slovene representative to qualify for the final since 2015. She finished 22nd with 64 points. An average of 358,400 viewers (19% audience share) watched the final this year on RTVSLO.
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.