The EMA 2017 semi-finals are almost upon us. And earlier today broadcaster RTVSLO revealed 30-second snippets of all 16 semi-finalists competing in Slovenia’s national selection for Eurovision.

The songs cross genres, ranging from ballads to pop to EDM. If you’re ready to turn up the volume and take it all in, here’s what’s going down…

EMA 2017 30-second snippets semi-final one

1. KING FOO – “WILD RIDE”

Composer: Rok Golob
Lyrics: Rok Golob and Cherie Lucas
Arrangement: Rok Golob

2. NIKA ZORJAN – “FSE”

Composer: Maraaya
Lyrics: Nika Zorjan
Arrangement: Raay

3. TOSCA BEAT – “FREE WORLD”

Composers: Andraž Kržic and Tosca Beat
Lyrics: Andraž Kržic and Peter Penko
Arrangement: Peter Penko and Jamirko

4. LEA SIRK – “FREEDOM”

Composers: Lea Sirk and Gaber Radojevic
Lyrics: Lea Sirk
Arrangement: Lea Sirk, Gaber Radojevic, Miha Gorše and Tomy DeClerque

5. SELL OUT – “NI PANIKE”

Composers: Miha Gorše and Uroš Obranovic
Lyrics: Tina Muc
Arrangement: Miha Gorše

6. ZALA – “LALALATINO”

Composer: Zala
Lyrics: Zala
Arrangement: Krešimir Tomec and Luka Ipavec

7. ALYA – “HALO”

Composer: Raay
Lyrics: Rok Lunacek and Tina Pirš
Arrangement: Raay

8. OMAR NABER – “ON MY WAY”

Composer: Omar Naber
Lyrics: Omar Naber
Arrangement: Omar Naber and Žiga Pirnat

EMA 2017 30-second snippets semi-final two

1. CLEMENS – “TOK TI SEDE”

Composer: Klemen Mramor
Lyrics: Klemen Mramor
Arrangement: Klemen Mramor

2. RAIVEN – “ZAŽARIM”

Composers: Jernej Kržic, Tadej Košir and Sara Briški Cirman
Lyrics: Sara Briški Cirman
Arrangement: Jernej Kržic and Tadej Košir

3. KATAYA & DUNCAN KAMAKANA – “ARE YOU THERE”

Composer: Tim Žibrat
Lyrics: Tim Žibrat, Duncan Kamakana, Kataya
Arrangement: Tim Žibrat, Blaž Vrecko, Klemen Orter and Samo Jezovšek

4. BQL – “HEART OF GOLD”

Composer: Maraaya
Lyrics: Anej Piletic
Arrangement: Raay

5. INA SHAI – “COLOUR ME”

Composer: Martina Šraj
Lyrics: Martina Šraj
Arrangement: Hans Kristjan Aljas, Vincenzo Capodivento and Niccolo Rebecchi

6. UNITED PANDAZ & ARSELLO FEAT. ALEX VOLASKO – “HEART TO HEART”

Composers: Gorazd Hižak (aka Arsello) and Alex Volasko
Lyrics: Alex Volasko
Arrangement: Gorazd Hižak (aka Arsello)

7. TIM KORES – “OPEN FIRE”

Composers: Jeff Lewis and Drew Lawrence
Lyrics: Jeff Lewis and Drew Lawrence
Arrangement: Jeff Lewis and Drew Lawrence

8. NUŠKA DRAŠCEK – “FLOWER IN THE SNOW”

Composers: Pele Loriano and Lina Button
Lyrics: Lina Button and Brendan Wade
Arrangement: Pele Loriano

EMA 2017

Naturally, the snippets have left us wanting EMA 2017 to start right now.

But we’ll have to wait until Friday, when the first semi-final gets underway. The second semi-final follows on Saturday.

Tina Gorenjak, Maja Martina Merljak and Tanja Kocman will co-host both semis, with Mario Galunic joining the trio for the final.

Four qualifiers advance to the February 24 final from each semi-final, and the winner will be determined by a combination of televoting and six regional juries.

The super-final has been scrapped and a combination of the televoting public and regional juries will decide who represents Slovenia in Kyiv.

What do you think of the snippets? Do you have any early favourites? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo: RTV Slovenija

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Kermit
Kermit
3 years ago

In semi 1, Seel Out seems to have the best, most interesting and original song. Omar Naber’s song sounds like the most boring one

Semi 2: Clemens sound bvest, Raiven least good

I expcted more rock actually…..given the opre contest talk.Many good songs and different music styles. But should be more rock music!

Kermit
Kermit
3 years ago

Many good ones! Some cool rock and indie. ALWAYS very welcome! And some great rnb etc…not so many ESC-cliches. Well done!

Marco
Marco
3 years ago

For me, the best — United Pandaz & ARSELLO feat. Alex Volasko – Heart to Heart 🙂

Maria
Maria
3 years ago

I need Omar to win!

XTRAeurope
XTRAeurope
3 years ago

– bql go for a gold!
– nika zorjan – waiting for her to go to ESC maybe now is the time
its gonna be between nika and bql maybe juries could notice raiven as well but it is a little bit meh

georgiev
georgiev
3 years ago

It’s hard to tell based on 30 seconds but looks like it’s gonna ve a battle between BQL and NIKA ZORJAN.Maybe also ALYA and TIM KORES could surprise with their performance.

Jumper
Jumper
3 years ago

My favorites are Nika Zorjan, Omar Naber, BQL, Tim Kores, and Nuska. But we have to see their live performance.

Awes
Awes
3 years ago

I really like Flower in the Snow

EscMichzyuuuu****
EscMichzyuuuu****
3 years ago

ONE OF THE BEST YEARS FOR SLOVENIA. 12 BQL (VERY CURRENT AND CATCHY) 10 NIKA ZORJAN (CAN’T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE SINGS BUT THE SONG IS MAJESTIC) 8 KING FOO (THIS SINGER IS OMG) 7 ALYA (BEAT SOUNDS LIKE SIA AND I LOVE IT) 6 TOSCA BEAT (IT WOULD STAND OUT) 5 RAIVEN (I LIKED BETTER CRNO BEL BUT THIS IS ALSO GOOD ENTRY) 4 INA SHAI (VERY PROMISING BALLAD) 3 ZALA DJ (DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE IT IT JUST STAYS WITH YOU ONCE YOU HEAR IT) 2 TIM KORES (MODERN AND GREAT VOCAL) 1 OMAR NABER (IT’S A… Read more »

Andreas
Andreas
3 years ago

My favorite of all the is “FREE WORLD” – TOSCA BEAT. It different and I like all the concept.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

There are a lot of promising songs here! Go, Slovenia!

Héctor
Héctor
3 years ago

For me Raiven or United Pandaz & Arsello.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

love most of these
my standouts:
1) tok ti sede
2) zazarim
3) flower in the snow
4) colour me (sounds really promising towards the end)
5) wild ride
6) fse
7) open fire
8) freedom

Sam ESC
Sam ESC
3 years ago

Raiven has to win!

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years ago

The two best songs in this years EMA is definitely Heart Of Gold and Heart To Heart! xD don’t mess this upp?p Slovenia!

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago

I dont understand how some people think this is a good selection, there are probably only 3 songs that are over average.. They are Raiven (obviously) Nika Zorjan and maybe BQL.. what am i missing?

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

So many songs right there!
Finally a really interesting selection from Slovenia!
You can’t tell from 30 sec of course but I’m looking forward to the full songs!
Good job Slovenia!

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

I like the variety, it’s a good selection. Nika Zorjan and Omar Naber have the best songs for me. I don’t get the hype for Raiven, her snippet is unimpressive.

Leandrit Ferizi
Leandrit Ferizi
3 years ago

Beautifully done

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Raiven is brill! Finally, a GOOD NATIONAL FINAL! Many songs I’d be happy with :).

D
D
3 years ago

Raiven is obviously the best.

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Shame***

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Raiven and her Zazarim are the best! Still a shams they chose ManuElla over her last year, don’t make that mistake again Slovenia.

PP
PP
3 years ago

TOP 4 for me in I semi 1.OMAR NABER – “ON MY WAY” 2.KING FOO – “WILD RIDE” 3.LEA SIRK – “FREEDOM” 4.TOSCA BEAT – “FREE WORLD” TOP 4 for me in II semi 1.UNITED PANDAZ & ARSELLO FEAT. ALEX VOLASKO – “HEART TO HEART” 2.NUŠKA DRAŠCEK – “FLOWER IN THE SNOW” 3.RAIVEN – “ZAŽARIM” 4.BQL – “HEART OF GOLD” TOP 3 for me 1.OMAR NABER – “ON MY WAY 2.UNITED PANDAZ & ARSELLO FEAT. ALEX VOLASKO – “HEART TO HEART”. 3..NUŠKA DRAŠCEK – “FLOWER IN THE SNOW” But I think fight for win wili be between BQL and Raiven… Read more »

JonathanUK
JonathanUK
3 years ago

Raiven is the stand out! It’s eretheral and haunting pop with killer vocals and an amazing artist, for that is what Raiven is; not a singer but an artist!

Rich
Rich
3 years ago

My semi final 1 top 4 are

1. KING FOO – “WILD RIDE”
2. NIKA ZORJAN – “FSE”
3. ALYA – “HALO”
4. OMAR NABER – “ON MY WAY”

My semi final 2 top 4 are

1. CLEMENS – “TOK TI SEDE”
2. BQL – “HEART OF GOLD”
3. UNITED PANDAZ & ARSELLO FEAT. ALEX VOLASKO – “HEART TO HEART”
4. TIM KORES – “OPEN FIRE”

Well done to Slovenia! I am impressed with the selection of songs.

cheesecake
cheesecake
3 years ago

BQL all the way!
But this is a good selection overall, with a stronger second semi.

Muzah
Muzah
3 years ago

Love Raiven just like last year

mahta
mahta
3 years ago

BQL is my favorite

Kvira
Kvira
3 years ago

Man this is awesome, even many of them are better than some confirmed national entry.

Gonna choose FSE, or even that Lalalalatino song. Heart of Gold is good, but it’s kind of same vibe with Spain’s entry

Aaran
3 years ago

Nika and BQL are my favourites!

baykostar
baykostar
3 years ago

HALO HALO HALO HONEEEEEY!

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

Nika Zorjan’s song sounds so good!

SNeakynicky
SNeakynicky
3 years ago

As expected Raiven is the stand out act, again. Hope she won’t get robbed this year as well.

blondboybc
blondboybc
3 years ago

The standouts for me are “FSE” and “HALO”…bonus points for being in Slovenian…the rest are average to generic, and some sound so uninspired.
Don’t send some boring ballad, Slovenia! We’ve enough of those this year! 🙂

Jamala1993
Jamala1993
3 years ago

So obvious what songs are produced by Maraaya. Love Nika Zorian love BQL but I also like Inna Shai a lot tho

Meow
Meow
3 years ago

WOW!!! One of the best national selection! I’m so impressed, I love almost everyone!

Laburnum
Laburnum
3 years ago

Still too early tosay which are the best, the most these snippets can do for now is leave us to want to hear more. Raiven and BQL are really the onky two that do that, but some really good songs here. A little disappointed though by Tosca Beat, hope the whole song is much better

Mathew Rickard
Mathew Rickard
3 years ago

United Pandaz, Raiven, Nika, or Alya!

Thomasfan22
Thomasfan22
3 years ago

Im Slovenian and I REEAALLY want Tosca Beat or Nika Zorjan to win this.

Colkolwiek
Colkolwiek
3 years ago

I choose M. KORES – “OPEN FIRE”

irish esc
irish esc
3 years ago

i love the variety in slovenia’ s national selection for eurovision this year
p. s i have 4 favs but i am keeping it a secret and hoping for best for slovenia

MarioGuyWanted_G*YVision
MarioGuyWanted_G*YVision
3 years ago

Great songs Slovenia.However bql stand out overall.

joff
joff
3 years ago

Raiven is the Queen of EMA again.
Please go her to Kiev

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Raiven is overrated. She’s just another Aminata but without the songwriting talent.

BQL, Oman Naber, United Pandaz, Clements, Tim Kores, Tosca Beat and King Foo are my favorites.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 years ago

Raiven slays again! But I have to say that at least 10 songs here are very good and would be in my top 3 right now.