Slovenia: EMA Freš

Slovenia: Search for Eurovision 2020 entry begins tonight

The new feature of Slovenia's national selection for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is officially starting tonight with the first ever battle of EMA Freš. Two songs will be competing and anyone can help deciding who wins

Despite the fact that we will only meet Slovenia's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in February, it is safe to say that the national selections season is about to begin with EMA's new online pre-selectionEMA Freš – premiering today online.

This sort of online pre-selection was created to provide a platform for upcoming new artists to win access to Slovenia's national selection show, EMA 2020. Out of 18 performers, there'll be space for two at next year's EMA.

  • EMA Freš: Slovenia's Pre-selection for EMA 2020 (2 best proceed to EMA 2020) – online
  • EMA 2020: Slovenia's National Selection for Eurovision 2020 – live show

The winner of EMA 2020 will represent Slovenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

EMA Freš officially starts tonight with the first two artists battling against each other and continue throughout the week with two more battles to come. The process will be repeated for other five weeks. Once there is the Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's winners, there'll be a final round every Friday to determine the two weekly finalists: one chosen by the visitors, the other by an expert panel.

The competition will be held on the broadcaster's official website, through an online survey which means the visitors (with no restrictions) will be able to vote for their winners.

The songs have been chosen by an expert panel, and will be published on the broadcaster RTVSLO's website and on social networks.

EMA Freš – Schedule

EMA Freš is an online pre-selection, that in the end will choose two songs for the Slovenian national Final, EMA 2020.

The online pre-selection has 18 songs, that will be narrowed down to 6 songs the first three weeks: 3 songs by online voting plus 3 songs by jury selection:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Duels winners proceed to Friday's "Winner of the Week"
  • Friday: Winner of the Week winner proceeds to EMA Freš Final along with one picked by a jury:

Monday 4 November

  • Stella – "Ne vem, če sem v redu"
  • Pia Nina – "Tukaj in zdaj"

Tuesday 5 November

  • Soulution – "Bil bom s teboj"
  • Younite – "The Cure"

Wednesday 6 November

  • Astrid in Avantgarden – "Sing To Me"
  • Martina – "Pleši"

Friday 8 November

Winner of the week

  • Stella – "Ne vem, če sem v redu" EMA Freš Final
  • Younite – "The Cure" EMA Freš Final
  • Martina – "Pleši"

Monday 11 November

  • Klarity – "Diham"
  • Tilen Lotrič – "Jaz in ti"

Tuesday 12 November

  • Marko Škof – "Hočem da je vse kot prej"
  • Petra Ceglar – "Srce naglas"

Wednesday 13 November

  • Parvani Violet – "Cupid"
  • Sara Petešič – "Sanjaj / Dream"

Friday 15 November

Winner of the week

  • Klarity – "Diham" EMA Freš Final
  • Petra Ceglar – "Srce naglas"
  • Parvani Violet – "Cupid" EMA Freš Final

Monday 18 November

  • Saška – "Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh"
  • Ljudmila Frelih – "Vztrajaj, ker je vredno"

Tuesday 19 November

  • Alfirev – "Črno bela lika"
  • Nuša Pliberšek – "Življenje je čarovnija"

Wednesday 20 November

  • Marmoris – "Moj prista"
  • Lana Hrvatin – "Dream"

Friday 22 November

  • Winner of the week (Winner proceeds to EMA Freš Final)

EMA Freš – Second Chance

After the first three weeks, 6 songs have been selected for the EMA Freš Final. The 12 "losers", will have a second change the following two weeks:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: Duels winners proceed to Friday's "Winner of the Week"
  • Friday: Winner of the Week winner proceeds to EMA Freš Final along with one picked by a jury

After the five weeks of online duels, 10 songs are ready for the EMA Freš Final (date unknown).

At EMA Freš Final, two songs (one chosen by the audience and another by a jury), will proceed to the EMA 2020 Final, where they will compete with other songs for the honour of representing Slovenia at Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia 2018: Lea Sirk - "Hvala, ne!"

Slovenia had its debut in Eurovision Song Contest 1993, and since then participated 25 times in Eurovision. They have never won the contest, and the best result for Slovenia is two 7th places in 1995 and 2001.

Slovenia 2018: Lea Sirk - "Hvala, ne!"

Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004, Slovenia only managed to qualify for the Grand Final 6 times out of 16.

Source: RTVSLO

About the author: Pedro Santos (Portugal)

Pedro comes from Lisbon, Portugal. He's 26 years old and graduated in journalism. He has attended Eurovision Song Contest twice - 2018 and 2019 - 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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