Slovenia: EMA Freš

EMA Freš: Slovenia's pre-selection for Eurovision 2022

The 24 artists competing at Slovenia's pre-selection "EMA Freš 2022" have been announced. The online tournament will begin on 29 November and four acts will get a bigger chance of representing Slovenia at Eurovision 2022

The Slovenian public broadcaster RTVSLO has announced the comeback of its pre-selection for Eurovision, called "EMA Freš".

After having its first ever edition taking place in 2020, the producers of EMA (Slovenia's main national selection) want to still give a chance to breaking through artists. With that being said, those under 30 years old and with fewer than three commercial singles were invited to submit their hopeful entries.

Out of 127, a professional jury selected 24 and it's now up to the fans to decide which final four should move forward and have a place amongst next year's EMA line up. The pre-selection will be held online through RTVSLO's website.

EMA Freš 2022 – Schedule

  • Duels: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Winners proceed to the weekly final (selected by online voting)
  • Weekly final: Saturday to Sunday 20:00 CET Three proceeds to the EMA Freš Finals (two selected by online voting, one selected by a jury)

EMA 2022 – EMA Freš

Week 1

Duels: Winners proceeded to the weekly final (selected by online voting)
Weekly final: 3 proceeded to EMA Freš Final (2 selected by online voting, 1 selected by a jury)

Week 2

EMA Freš
Duels: Winners proceeded to the weekly final (selected by online voting)
Weekly final: 3 proceeded to EMA Freš Final (2 selected by online voting, 1 selected by a jury)

Second Chance

EMA Freš
The 15 songs who didn't made it had a second chance from 20 to 24 December. Three songs competed each weekday, and the best from each day (determined by online voting) proceeded to the EMA Freš Final


EMA Freš
28 January 2022
The Final of EMA Freš was held on 28 January 2022 with 14 songs.
Four qualified to EMA 2022: two determined by jury and two by public vote.

EMA Freš 2022

  • EMA Freš 2022: Slovenia's Pre-selection for EMA 2022 (4 best proceed to EMA 2022) – online
  • EMA 2022: Slovenia's National Selection for Eurovision 2022 – live shows

The winner of EMA 2022 will represent Slovenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.

Starting on 29 November, and for the next three weeks on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, two performers will be put against each other to remain in the competition. One from each day will qualify for the weekly finals. At the weekly finals, online voting selects two winners and a jury selects one.

All three weekly winners will advance to the January finals of the EMA Freš selection

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About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

authorPedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 30 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest three times live - 2018, 2019 and 2022 - and covered the show twice more (2021, 2023) but his first Eurovision memory takes him back to 2007 when Sarbel delivered his catchy "Yassou Maria" performance. Pedro's favorite Eurovision song is Albania's 2015 "I'm Alive" by Elhaida Dani which is also his favorite Eurovision edition.

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