National broadcaster RTVSLO received the second highest ever total entries for this year’s Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) national final. An expert jury panel selected 8 acts and songs to compete in the final, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Slovenia’s Eurovision predecessor Tinkara Kovac, who hosted tonight’s show alongside Darja Švajger, Maja Keuc and Nejc Šmit. In the end, it was Maraaya who got the ticket to Vienna, with “Here For You”.

EMA 2015 – Jury Evaluation

The tried-and-tested format used to select Maja Keuc in 2011 made a return for EMA 2015. Just like last year, all the finalists performed on the night under the confirmed running order.

Once all 8 acts have performed, it was up to the the juries to make their decision. And they have decided that Maraaya and Rudi Buchar feat. Figoni have advanced to the EMA Superfinal. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the other six acts including Jana Šušeršich and Martina Majerle, who occupied the top 3 spots on our poll.

EMA 2015 – Superfinal

The two remaining acts performed again and it was all down to the televoters to decide the winner. In the end, Maraaya came out on top to win EMA 2015 and represent Slovenia in Vienna! It looks like our readers definitely agree.

EMA2015_superfinal_results

Like Tinkara did in last year’s contest, Slovenia will perform in the second half of the Second Semi-Final on 21st May.

Are you happy that Maraaya won? Do you agree with Slovenia’s decision? You can watch the entire show again here.

Our first reactions

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Photo: Jani Ugrin

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Manne
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Varför har hon en brudklänning på sig. Och hörlurarna. Och sångrösten. Nä det här funkar inte alls. Men kommer att få alla 12or från forna Jugoslavien. Dom ger alltid varandra alla högsta poäng. Själv tycker jag att det är uselt

ESCaddict
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ESCaddict

I love this song!

Alex
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Alex

Hmm… after listening I think I’m the only one who would’ve been fine with the second-place song winning. Really neat, eclectic song with dynamics and tempo changes everywhere, and a traditional sound. Sounds like something Moldova would make, but much less cheesy. Still, Maraaya’s song is really good too, and by far the better choice for Eurovision. Bravo again to Slovenia.

As much as I appreciate Martina’s song, it was far too similar to Sanna Nielsen’s “Undo” for me to see it faring well at ESC.

Daniil
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Daniil

As far as I can see, I’m the only one who doesn’t like this song… Is this from the 60s or something? Maybe it will grow on me after a few listens…

Huh
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Huh

My new guilty pleasure for this year’s contest. She and her song needs more love. C’mon, people!

LucyEAPercy
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This is ok…the 6 songs announced this weekend have all been so disappointing, this is a lot better than the others. The Baltic and Iceland really are a million miles ahead of everyone else. Its the UK’s best chance of winning provided what we release next week isn’t total crap too. Really gutted about the songs in this years contest so far.

Franco
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Franco

Suddenly. A dark horse appears.

Mario The Vision of Gay Love
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Mario The Vision of Gay Love

Really cool that this act won and will represent Slovenia in the Diamond Vision of Vienna! 🙂
4 the record, *Here 4 U* was my 2nd most liked song from the 8 as *ALIVE* was my no1 but i’m glad that Maraaya won the EMA! <3 🙂
I was supporting only these 2 songs 4 the victory and one of them thankfully won! 🙂
Thank goodness that *Slatinka* did not win instead! I can't believe that this song went to the superfinal and *Alive* did not! Really injustice!

Congratulations to *Maraaya*! <3 🙂

Robyn Gallagher
Editor

Were the big headphones she wore at the national final a stylistic choice or could they not afford proper in-ear monitors?

Leaf
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Leaf

I am thrilled …. First National Final I watched this year, and my song won !!!!! I should keep on watching the pending NF and just complete the perfect line up for the final….. Well done Slovenia !!!

Top 5

1. Estonia
2. Slovenia
3. Lithuania
4.Ireland
5.Latvia

Edward Nygma
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Edward Nygma

I am especially glad that since Markus Riva lost in Latvia, we got another song with similar topic. And her voice sounds so alike Duffy, which is a good thing.

Otna
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Otna

VERY catchy tune! This will definitely grow on me and I’m really happy with it.

Marco
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Marco

Maybe not a winner, but certainly by far the best song chosen tonight – well done, Slovenia! It takes a few seconds to really get into it, but this should be an easy final qualifyer.

Timselvision
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Timselvision

Love it 😀

Duff
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Duff

I think Marayaa was the only choice Slovenia should have made. Definitely my fave from the songs picked this weekend.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

This is the performance…………..have a look quick as they might remove it :-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFMv2LjuD2E

jimm
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jimm

luckily a good song selected today after the mess that were the other national selections

Tom
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Tom

Pretty good choice. I’m looking forward to seeing this on a bigger stage.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Very good song.

Alex
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Alex

Slovenia always gets ignored, huh… so many negative comments on the other countries’ entries, but with this one where the comments are mostly positive, there aren’t as many in total. I guess people just like being negative?

Graph
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Wonderful!!!

I think they should change the first few seconds to something that draws more attention, but after that, it’s an excellent song.

Chris
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Chris

A nice song, mainly due to the violin. Good luck Slovenia. This time you deserve final.

Nikos
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Nikos

I really like the song itself but I don’t like her singing style. Not sure where it ranks so far for me, maybe 6-8th?

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

One of the easiest winners to predict as the other songs in the shortlist were either average or below average. That’s our 4th song with a “Retro” feel to it this year I think……………..there’s a theme developing. It’s a good song, should easily qualify having only qualified 3 times in the last 11 years. It does not have the same “WOW” that Estonia has I don’t think.

PP
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PP

1.Italy
2.Estonia
3.Slovenia
4.Serbia
5.Iceland
6.Malta
7.The Netherlands
8.Denmark
9.Switzerland
10.Georgia
11.France
12.Cyprus
13.Moldova
14.Hungary
15.Lithuania
16.Belarus
17.Ireland
18.F.Y.R Macedonia
19.Latvia
20.Finland

Edward Nygma
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Edward Nygma

Best of the songs chosen tonight 🙂

Congratulations Slovenia, you might even be in my overall Top 10 (we’ll wait and see).

Easpag
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Easpag

On my god I love it! LOVE IT! Amazing!

Calvin
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Calvin

Oh I forgot to mention. This song must keep the air violinist. They’re amazing.

Ian
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Ian

This is pretty cool. Hope Europe can get behind it.

ESCfan
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ESCfan
Lora
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Lora

Not bad.

davved
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davved

we have alot of “duo songs” this year… this is one of the better ones..

Alex
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Alex

Damn, this one’s good. Way to go Slovenia!

Adam
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Adam

Has anyone checked the odds? Slovenia has SHOT up the tables to #11! The bookies must really like this song, so thats a sign 🙂

D
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D

How predictable is Slovenia lol, every year it’s clear what song they’ll choose.

A 10/10 from me. Thankfully we avoided a near disaster.

jr esc nl
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jr esc nl

Great! This is going to be a good eurovision year

Easpag
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Easpag

Lol I can’t find it anywhere. Does anybody have a link?

Calvin
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Calvin

A wonderful and unique choice from Slovenia!

eurana
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eurana

Good job Slovenia ! Here is for you is straight to my top 4

No name
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No name

YAAAS! Straight up to second place on my list!

WTF
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WTF

Well done. Should make it 2 in a row for Slovenia this year.

Deniz@TurkNL
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Good, countries are making the right choices again!

Elkyrian
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Elkyrian

Thank god, disaster avoided! How embarrassing would it be if we had sent Rudi Bu?ar?

sco77ex
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sco77ex

Yes yes yes!! My second favourite (or maybe my first)!!!
My top 5:
1-2) Slovenia or Estonia
3) Italy
4) Latvia
5) Georgia
(from Italy)

Daniel
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Daniel

Yay!!