Slovenian broadcasters RTVSLO have announced that their National Final EMA is set to take place on Saturday the 16th of February. Here we will discover who will be representing Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The National Final will take place with 10 entries and artists competing to represent Slovenia this year. The show will take place in two stages, an expert jury will be used in the first round to determine which 2 of the 10 entries will advance to the Super Final. Of the 2 entries chosen to be competing in the Super Final, the eventual winner will be selected solely by a public vote. The jury will not have any influence in the Super Final unless there is a technical difficulty in the public voting system.
This year, RTVSLO will also be broadcasting 11 preview shows before EMA 2019. These will be available to view on their official website and YouTube channel. The preview shows will allow viewers to get to know more about the artists before the competition.
The shows will be hosted by Nejc Šmit and will be on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 20:00 CET. The schedule will begin today with a special show for last year’s Slovenian entrant Lea Sirk.
The full schedule for the preview shows of EMA is as follows:
- Wednesday 16th January: Lea Sirk (last year’s winning EMA artist)
- Friday 18th January: Ula Ložar
- Monday 21st January: Kim
- Wednesday 23rd January: Raiven
- Friday 25th January: INMATE
- Monday 28th January: René
- Wednesday 30th January: Fed Horses
- Friday 1st February: Renata Mohorič
- Monday 4th February: Okustični
- Wednesday 6th February: Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl
- Friday 8th February: Lumberjack
In alphabetical order, the 10 entries in EMA 2019 are:
- Fed Horses – Ti ne poznaš konjev
- INMATE – Atma
- Kim – Rhythm Back To Me
- Lumberjack – Lepote dna
- Okustični – Metulji plešejo
- Raiven – Kaos
- Renata Mohorič – Three Bridges
- René – Ne poveš
- Ula Ložar – Fridays
- Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl – Oprosti
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 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.