Their qualification streak came to an end in Stockholm, but Slovenia is to determined to have better results in Kyiv. Local media reports that broadcaster RTVSLO will extend the national final EMA to three nights. It is thought that the broadcaster will reintroduce two-final shows ahead of the grand final.
In recent years, EMA has involved just one show, the grand final. To determine the winner, a three-member expert jury selects the top two songs from the final. Those songs are performed again in a superfinal where the overall winner is chosen by public televote.
Earlier in the year it was reported that RTVSLO were looking to change the format of EMA, to help improve their outcome at Eurovision. It looks like this change will be the introduction of two semi-final shows.
This semi-final format was last used at EMA 2007 and 2008, when two semi-finals were held, with a number of acts from each semi qualifying for the final. The winner was eventually chosen from a superfinal vote between the top two.
RTVSLO has received 90 entries for EMA 2017, and are due to announce the selected entries on 9 December. The broadcaster is also expected to confirm voting details by early December.
Slovenian media is also speculating that the grand final of EMA will take place on Friday 24 February.
Slovenia at Eurovision
Slovenia have had mixed fortunes at Eurovision in recent years. They qualified for the grand final only four times in the past decade. Slovenia’s best result in that period was in 2011, when Maja Keuc’s song “No One” placed 13th.
Most recently, ManuElla’s song “Blue and Red” failed to quality for the final in Stockholm, placing only 14 in its semi-final.
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