How do you solve a problem like Amaya? Well, RTVSLO seem to have come up with an answer. The Slovenian broadcaster has today announced that Clemens will replace Amaya — the singer formerly known as Maja Keuc — who pulled out of the show last week.
Slovenia’s 2011 Eurovision representative Amaya was originally one of the 16 participants chosen to compete at EMA 2017.
However, she made the announcement last week that she has withdrawn from the competition. This is due to her other commitments in Sweden and South Korea.
Her replacement Clemens – real name Klemen Mramor – is no stranger to EMA. He previously competed at the 2015 competition with the entry “Mava to” (We Have This). On that occasion he missed out on the super-final.
This year he won’t have to worry about that. As part of the revamped format of the contest, the super-final has been scrapped. Instead, the winner will be determined by a combination of televoting and 6 regional juries.
The first semi-final of EMA 2017 gets underway on 17 February, with the second semi-final a day later on 18 February. Four qualifiers advance to the final from each semi-final, which takes place on 24 February. Songs and songwriters for all 16 participants have yet to be announced. Keep checking back on wiwibloggs for more updates when the songs come out.
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