RTVSLO has just revealed the name of the selected candidates that will compete at this year’s EMA.
A total of 16 acts out of 90 submitted ones will fight for the right to represent Slovenia at the next year’s Eurovision. The identity of qualifiers and songs have been revealed during the weekend magazine Vikend Paket:
First Semi-Final (February 17)
- KiNG FOO
- Lea Sirk
- Nika Zorjan
- Omar Naber
- Sell out
- TOSCA BEAT
- Zala Đurić Ribič
Semi-Final 2 (February 18)
- INA SHAI
- Kataya & Duncan Kamakana
- Nuška Drašček
- Tim Kores Kori
- United Pandaz & ARSELLO feat. Alex Volasko
Among all the participants there are some familiar faces and a former Slovenian representative. The most famous artist of the whole line up is probably Maja Keuc, under the name of AMAYA, who achieved a 13th place at Eurovision 2011 with the song No One. Some others have already tried to represent Slovenia at Eurovision, to name a few Nika Zorjan, Raiven (runner-up in 2016), Omar Narber and Tim Kores Kori.
Although the songs and composers haven’t been revealed, we can confirm that Raay from Maraaya (Eurovision 2015) has produced three of the competing entries, the ones for Nika Zorjan, BQL and AlyaMusic.
EMA 2017 is coming in a renewed format as a semi-final stage has been reintroduced. Each semi-final will feature 8 competing entries with only 4 of them qualifying for the final; 2 qualifiers will be determined by a professional jury panel, while the other 2 will be up to the audience’s choice. At the national final, to take place on February 24, the winner of EMA will be decided by a 50/50 mix of public televote and regional jury panel.
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