RTVSLO, the Slovenian national broadcaster, has opened the submission windows for EMA and EMA FREŠ 2022.
EMA FREŠ 2022 will return for the second time after its first appearance in 2020. Newcomer artists who are not more than 30 years old and have released a maximum of three songs will first compete in EMA FREŠ. A total of 24 artists will take part in the selection, which will begin later this year. After a series of duels, 14 of these songs will take part in two televised shows in January. In each show, seven songs will compete for two places in EMA 2022; one selected by public voting and one selected by a jury. In total, four EMA FREŠ participants will move on to EMA 2022.
EMA 2022 will consist of two semi-finals and a final. In each semi-final, eight established artists and two EMA FREŠ artists will compete to advance to the final. Public voting will select three finalists and a jury will select another three. In the final, five five-member juries (50%) and public voting (50%) will decide which of the 12 finalists will represent Slovenia in Turin.
The exact dates for the selection have yet to be announced. EMA has been used to select the Slovenian Eurovision entry every year since Slovenia’s debut in the contest, with the exception of 2013 and 2021.
Ana Soklič represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 with the song “Amen”. Ana finished 13th in the first semi-final scoring a total of 44 points, 36 points from the juries, and 8 points from the public.
Image Source: EBU / Andres Putting | Source: RTVSLO