In Kyiv Omar Naber declared he was “On My Way” put placed second to last in his semi. But Slovenia‘s broadcaster RTVSLO is well on their way to selecting the artist who will represent the nation in Lisbon. The broadcaster revealed today that 108 entries have been received for national final EMA 2018.
The broadcaster confirmed the number of entries with a Facebook post declaring they had received “108 applications for the selection of the Slovenian Eurovision representative 2018!”
Further details of the national final — such as the selected act and the format and date/s of the contest — will be revealed later.
When applications for EMA 2018 opened earlier this year, RTVSLO specifically requested that all entries be submitted first in a Slovenian language version. If another language version exists, that also had to be submitted as part of the entry.
There’s also no word what form Slovenia’s long-running national final Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) will take.
The show has changed format over the years. Most recently it involved two semi-finals and a grand final, with the winner chosen by regional juries and televotes.
But despite the history of EMA, it doesn’t always deliver the goods. In 2016, ManuElla placed 14th in her semi-final at Eurovision with “Blue and Red”. While earlier this year, returning star Omar Naber placed second to last in his semi-final with “On My Way”.
Slovenia’s best results in recent years have come from creative couple Maraaya. In 2014, Raay co-wrote Tinkara Kovic‘s flute-tastic “Round and Round” which placed 25th in the grand final. The following year, Maraaya’s uplifting “Here For You” placed 14th in the grand final.
Maraaya almost had another shot at Eurovision glory this year. At EMA 2017 their song for BQL, “Heart of Gold”, placed second in the national final. It was the overwhelming televote favourite, but the regional juries were much less impressed. Juries gave top marks to Omar Naber’s “On My Way” and ensured he’d have the ticket to Kyiv.
But with the juries’ instincts proving so flawed for 2017, RTVSLO may wish to take a fresh approach for 2018.
What do you think? Who would you like to see competing in EMA 2018? Who should represent Slovenia in Lisbon?