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Zdravo Slovenija! Slovenia’s national selection EMA is coming to an end, and tonight the country will pick its entry for Lisbon. Sixteen acts competed in the semi-final last Saturday, but only eight made it to the final.

Earlier this week, we asked for you opinion. Who should win EMA 2018? You’ve cast a total of 2,001 votes and BQL has come on top with their entry “Ptica“. They have amassed a total of 661 votes, which represents a 33.03% of the overall vote.

1. BQL – “Ptica”

The brothers, who came second last year to Omar Naber, are back this year with “Ptica”. Maaraya is once again behind their song. For the EMA final, BQL will perform the English-language version of the song, “Promise”.

Surprisingly, none of our Wiwi jurors named BQL as their favourites. Antony and Luis placed them second, while Anthony, Antranig and Natalie put them in third place.

However, three of our jurors placed first the song that finished second in the poll: “Zdaj sem tu”, by Lara Kadis.

2. Lara Kadis – “Zdaj sem tu”

Lara and her pop ballad received 425 votes, 21.24% of the total vote.

The Wiwi Jury was also enthusiastic about the song. “Contemporary but with a great sprinkling of traditional instruments, the song builds nicely and takes the listener on a journey. Admittedly we’re already getting a number of traditional songs this year, but Lara’s vocals shine and with some more suitable staging this could be a good choice for Slovenia”, Jonathan wrote.

3. Lea Sirk – “Hvala, ne!”

Rounding the top three, there’s Lea Sirk, with her bop “Hvala, ne!”, whom 369 of you voted for. She’s got an 18.44% of the overall vote.

Wiwi juror Robyn said:  “Lea Sirk is a talented vocalist and she gives the right amount of popstar attitude that the song requires. More importantly, it would be great to see this song translated to the epic Altice Arena stage. Go on, Slovenia — have some fun!”.

Full poll results

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 Total Votes: 2,001
Do you agree with the poll results? Should BQL win EMA and fly to Lisbon with “Ptica”? Who will you be rooting for on Saturday? Tell us in the comment section below!

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Omar should have used the rockier version he sang in tonight’s into at Eurovision.
Indigo were amazing, even a little more than in the semi final.
Ina prayed for this world to be healed. Not so sure about those lyrics.
BQL should have the televote in the bag. Apparently, Charlie Mason wrote their lyrics. You’d think he could do a little better, but he seems to be out of ideas as well.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

NEW link to EMA 2018 (and this one works):
https://www.esc-plus.com/live/streams/rtvslo.html

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

The main link to Slovenia’s national final doesn’t work for me. I’m attempting to find an alternative. Meanwhile, if anyone has an alternative link do let me know.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

No luck. Slovenia is down for the night.
(I think their website uses an old version of Flash that my system is rejecting.)

Nyko;
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Nyko;

OMG Lara Kadis is born in the year 2001! I’m feeling old…

Wiwifan
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Wiwifan

BQL is not good enough – sadly.
L A R A K A D I S is the besssst

Swedishguy
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Swedishguy

Laraaaaaaa

SLOVENEescFAN
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SLOVENEescFAN

LARA KADIS all the way! The ONLY possible qualifier for the esc final.

Ari
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Ari

Lea Sirk dressing up as and imitating Salvador Sobral:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTj15mj7iOc

Jo
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Jo

BBQ is growing on me, but still a little sprout.

sam
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sam

lea sirk by a long shot

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Bql
Bee cue ell

MajaB
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In slovenia q is pronounced more like queue so in a combination with l it pronounces as be cool.

DragKvinna
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DragKvinna

Ptica is a boring bird to end up in an oven.

nauportus90
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nauportus90

lea sirk or lara kadis. indigo has a great song but such esoteric entries rarely do well at eurovision. bql are hilariously overrated and their song is totally forgettable.

i’m scared proper are gonna win this – they easily have the most boring song but their singer is very beloved among slovenian grannies (who usually contribute the largest portion of telephone votes at these things).

Ari
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Ari

Haha I actually had the same thought. Someone who nobody has on their list could snatch the victory. As far as the televote is concerned, I think BQL are safe, though. The teenie girls won’t let Anej down. They gave Proper a good spot, though. Of course, they just had to give Indigo the death spot number two.

Ari
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Ari

By the way, if anybody has any information about the full studio versions of Indigo and Ina Shai (she really should call herself Martina Sraj again, btw), that would be much appreciated.

Ari
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Ari

Oh, my two favorites never even get mentioned, that’s not a good sign. I think BQL would one of the best representatives Slovenia can send, but I will reiterate: with that song, a possible victory might very likely eventually backfire. Of course, Raay could still work to improve the song but I don’t see much that could be done in that case. Indigo have an entry that is different and ready to go.

Thomas
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Lea Sirk — “Hvala, ne!” for sure!

Nick
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Nick

God i hope not. Ptica is yet another uninspired piece of radio-friendly pop. I’m rooting for Lea Sirk or Indigo to win.