On Saturday Slovenia’s search for ManuElla’s successor continued with the second semi-final of EMA 2017, once again co-hosted by the trio of Tina Gorenjak, Maja Martina Merljak and Tanja Kocman.

The remaining eight semi-finalists all performed their entries live for the very first time. Last year’s runner-up Raiven could be considered Saturday’s headline act, as she squared off against lesser known competitors. Another veteran on the scene was Clemens — who replaced original semi-finalist Amaya, who announced her withdrawal from the competition due to other commitments.

After all of tonight’s performances, it was up to the televoting public and juries to decide who will join last night’s qualifiers. In the end Nuška Drašcek, Tim Kores, Raiven and BQL advanced to next week’s final. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to the remaining four acts. We hope to see you back again soon.

EMA 2017 — Second semi-final running order

Clemens — “Tok ti sede”

Raiven — “Zažarim”

Kataya & Duncan Kamakana — “Are You There”

BQL — “Heart of Gold”

Ina Shai — “Colour Me”

United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex Volasko — “Heart to Heart”


Skip to 45:50 to watch their performance.

Tim Kores — “Open Fire”

Nuška Drašcek — “Flower in the Snow”

EMA 2017 — Second semi-final qualifiers

Nuška Drašcek — “Flower in the Snow”
Tim Kores — “Open Fire”
Raiven — “Zažarim”
BQL — “Heart of Gold”

EMA 2017 — Second semi-final eliminated acts

Clemens — “Tok ti sede”
Kataya & Duncan Kamakana — “Are You There”
Ina Shai — “Colour Me”
United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex Volasko — “Heart to Heart”

The final of EMA 2017 will take place next week on 24 February at a slightly earlier time of 19:55 CET. Mario Galunic will join the ladies as co-hosts. A combination of televoting and regional juries will decide who will be Slovenia’s Eurovision representative in Kyiv. The winner will perform in the second half of the first semi-final of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 9 May.

Are you happy with tonight’s results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Photo: Ulla Wolk

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cheesecake
cheesecake
3 years ago

EMA 2017 is very strong. My favorites for the win are “Zazarim” and “Heart Of Gold”, maybe “Fse” as well.

NickC
NickC
3 years ago

I watched both semis, and for me there were 2 non-generic, creative, original songs: Free World and Flower in the Snow. Free World is out, so I sincerely hope Flower in the Snow will win.The rest does not do anything for me.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

Raiven’s mirror dress oh my god
i need to see that kind of creative staging at eurovision what an artistttttt
also FLOWER IN THE SNOW oh my god
there’s some 2005 Zero 7 vibes in that first part of the song I love it

Daniel
Daniel
3 years ago

Raiven the headline act? What kind of hard drugs do Wiwiblogs editors consume? The show belonged to BQL.

joff
joff
3 years ago

Raiven or nothing.

marco
marco
3 years ago

BQL is overrated by fans on this bloggs . Many overeated tham only becuase Maraya compose the song.

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago

Nika Zorjan for Eurovision!

Sal
Sal
3 years ago

Nika is stll my favourite and really hope she wins

Jairo
Jairo
3 years ago

Please Slovenia!! BQL should win! It’s a hit! From Spain.

JB
JB
3 years ago

BQL were AMAZING tonight, gonna be surprised if they don’t win

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

I started losing hope with Slovenia but I found it again: 1st finalist: Nuška Drašcek — “Flower in the Snow”. I said” What?”. I’m not a fan of the song. But her vocals were on point! I was impressed! 2nd finalist: Tim Kores — “Open Fire”. I was like ” What is happening right there?”. I don’t like the song. 3rd finalist: Raiven — “Zažarim”. My reaction: “There we go. Back to normal.” I’m not a huge fan of the song, but the performance was great. It gave me “Love injected” vibes. An interesting song with a strange sound, which… Read more »

Alison
Alison
3 years ago

*Nika

Alison
Alison
3 years ago

My favourites are BQL, Raiven and Nike from semi 1. Really hope one of them wins!

Kha
Kha
3 years ago

So much overhype for Raiven -,- She was good with high notes but really bad while singing normal. The start of the song is just a big fail (sorry). Nuska has great Vocal but song is just bad, nothing special like Omar. Tim, he was good. BQL was a suprise. They were good live (only few mistakes that they can train and fix). The song is really special and with few additions it can be easy in finals.

PP
PP
3 years ago

Dave

Nuska, Tim and Raiven for me sound better live than BQL.

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

BQL doesn’t sound good live? Raiven you thought, right?

Awes
Awes
3 years ago

Go Nuska! Such a powerful performance. I don’t understand the hype for Heart of Gold. Flower in the Snow <3

PP
PP
3 years ago

Raiven stage performance and song remind me on song from MF Jenny Silver – A Place To Stay

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

BQL doesn’t sound good live? Lol they slayed

PP
PP
3 years ago

United Pandaz & Arsello feat. Alex Volasko was one of my favorite, but they sound not good live and stage perfromance was worst of this semi. Tim is suprise me, and he sound great live and stage performance is one of best tonight.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 years ago

Raiven must win, she is so amazing and haunting!<3

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

Well I’m glad that at least one country has been smart so far tonight. Good Slovenia, good. 🙂

PP
PP
3 years ago

BQL don t sound good live, but I think they wili win, only because Maraya is composer.
My TOP 3
1.Nika
2.Omar
3.Nuska

But I think result fn final will be
1.BQL
2.Raiven

3.Nika
….

Mar
Mar
3 years ago

Both Raiven and Nuska were amazing, it’s between the two of them and Nika in the final

MarioMario
MarioMario
3 years ago

Raiven only. BAAAAAAIEE

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

BQL <3 <3 <3

AzeriBoy96
AzeriBoy96
3 years ago

BQL has to win it. I don’t really see competition for them.

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

Raiven absolutely lived up to the hype.