As we’ve reached the September 1 deadline, songs published now could potentially become Eurovision entries — and we could start to hear songs from Slovenia. Today broadcaster RTV SLO has confirmed that the Central Europeanb nation will be present at next year’s competition in Israel.
The broadcaster revealed the news on their website today. With Slovenia being part of the line-up, a total of 24 countries have so far confirmed their participation for next year’s contest.
However, the selection method that the broadcaster will use to determine next year’s entrant is yet to be determined. While RTV SLO’s news report on the confirmation features a “EMA 19” logo, the article is also clear that details of the method of song selection “will be presented in the coming weeks.” Thus, it remains uncertain whether or not we’ll have another edition of EMA.
Lea Sirk bo dobila naslednika, RTV Slovenija oddala prijavo za sodelovanje na Evroviziji https://t.co/MYIerLoRus
— ?MMC RTV Slovenija (@rtvslo) September 6, 2018
The announcement looks back at a successful contest in Lisbon, as the grand final spawned a viewing rate as high as 41% for the Saturday night show. On top of that, Lea Sirk ended a two-year streak of non-qualifications for Slovenia when Lea Sirk’s “Hvala, ne!” delighted fans as a surprise qualifier.
Slovenia’s highs and lows at Eurovision
The country has a mixed record track at Eurovision. While Slovenia enjoyed some top-ten finishes during its first years of competing in Eurovision, it has struggled ever since the introduction of the semi-finals. Maja Keuc achieved the best result since 2001, when her song “No One” accumulated 96 points, resulting in left-hand position on the scoreboard.
In 2018, RTV SLO once again launched EMA as their selection method. In two shows taking place in February, a total of eight acts qualified from the semi-final show. Among the competing acts were returning acts BQL, Ina Shai, ManuElla (Eurovision 2016) or Tanja Ribic (Eurovision 1997).
During a tense voting procedure, Lea Sirk’s “Hvala, Ne!” managed to win the jury vote. However, BQL (“Promise”) topped the televoting by a big margin. Nevertheless, they weren’t able to beat Lea Sirk, who went on to represent the Central European nation in Portugal.
The reception of her victory wasn’t entirely positive, as the jury has once again overruled the public vote (similar to the 2017 edition where BQL lost to Omar Naber). On the other hand, many also positively reacted to the lyrical content of “Hvala, Ne!” as it deals with women’s empowerment. The song finished 22nd in the grand final.
What do you think? Should EMA be used to select the act? Who would you like to see represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2019? Leave your comments below!