Ten acts sang it out tonight during Slovenia’s national final Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) 2016. There were two rounds of voting, which resulted in Slovenia selecting former Misija Evrovizija national finalist ManuElla as their Eurovision 2016 representative with the entry “Blue and Red”.
EMA 2016 running order
Anja Baš – “What If”
Žan Serchich – “Summer Story”
Anja Kotar – “Too Cool”
San Di EGO – “Brez tebe”
D Base – “Spet Živ”
Regina – “Alive in Every Way”
ManuElla – “Blue and Red”
Raiven – “Crno bel”
Nusa Derenda – “Tip Top”
Sebastijan Lukovnjak – “Tales of Tomorrow”
The finalists all performed their entries under the confirmed running order, before the jury panel made their decision. Tonight’s jury panel consisted of Maraaya’s Raay, Slovenia’s 1995 and 1999 Eurovision representative Darja Švajger and Tomaž Mihelich–Marlenna, who was part of Slovenia’s 2002 Eurovision representatives Sestre. They all evaluated the performances of the 10 finalists. And they decided that ManuElla and Raiven would advance to the EMA superfinal.
The two superfinalists, ManuElla and Raiven, performed their entries again and the televoting public had the final say. In the end, ManuElla came out on top and will be flying the flag for Slovenia at Stockholm! She will perform in the second half of the second semi-final.
Last year’s winners Maraaya returned to EMA to perform their brand new single “Nothing Left For Me”, as well as their Eurovision entry “Here For You” with Cubismo. Host Klemen Slakonja was also involved on several of tonight’s guest performances. He opened the show with a parody of Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”, Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” with Sestre, “Prva ljubezen” with last year’s Junior Eurovision bronze medalist Lina Kuduzovic, and unveiled his latest musical parody.
EMA 2016 – Our reaction
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Photo: Jani Ugrin