103 entries have been received for Slovenia’s Eurovision selection show.
Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO have revealed that a total of 103 applications have been received for EMA 2019. The submission window was open until December 14th. At the beginning of the month, it was revealed that fan favourites BQL will not be returning to the contest. It was also reported that Lea Sirk, Slovenia’s 2018 Eurovision participant, may be hosting the 2019 edition of the selection show.
EMA is set to return to a one off show, after semi-finals were reintroduced to the contest just two of years ago. EMA 2019 will feature up to ten artists, all vying to represent Slovenia in Tel Aviv, Israel. In the final, a jury will select the two acts that will perform in the Super Final, with the winner to be determined entirely by public televote.
Participants in EMA 2019 can only be Slovene, but their songs for the competition may be performed in any language. The Slovenian broadcaster has also stated that they may invite artists/songwriters to take part in the contest.
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
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.