Lea Sirk who represented Slovenia at Eurovision 2018 is being tipped as a potential host for EMA 2019.
Evrovizija reports that Lea Sirk is being tipped to host EMA 2019, the Slovenian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lea who represented Slovenia at Eurovision 2018 is reportedly among a number of possible presenters being discussed by RTVSLO.
Who is Lea Sirk?
Lea Sirk was born on 1st September 1989 in Koper, Slovenia. Lea had been interested in music from a young age, as she began learning how to play the flute at five years old. She professionally began her career in 2006 as a singer and songwriter and released her first single “Povej mi, kdaj” a year later. She went on to release many other singles throughout her career, as well as her album “Roža”.
Lea is no stranger to Eurovision, as she has attempted to represent Slovenia three times before her most recent successful attempt. She first took part in EMA 2009, where she placed 9th in the final with her song “Znamenje iz sanj”. She took part a year later, finishing 10th with “Vampir je moj poet”. In 2017, she participated with her song “Freedom” but failed to qualify from the semi-final. She also performed as a backing singer for Tinkara in 2014 at the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.
RTVSLO has yet to approve their programming plan for 2019, the broadcaster is expected to approve the plan in the next few weeks. Once the plan has been approved the broadcaster will reveal more details about EMA 2019.
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 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.