It was third time lucky as Lea Sirk said “Hvala, ne!” to Slovenia‘s non-qualifying streak earlier this year. And national broadcaster RTVSLO will be hoping to maintain their success in Tel Aviv as they announced they have received a total of 103 entries for their national final EMA 2019.
This is slightly less than the 108 entries the broadcaster received for the 2018 edition, but an increase from the 90 and 61 entries in 2017 and 2016 respectively. However, it’s a long way off from the second highest ever total of 145 entries from 2015.
All songs submitted can be in any language, which is stark contrast to the 2018 language rule which only accepted Slovenian and other recognized minority languages within Slovenia.
As for next year’s competition, RTVSLO are planning a return to the one show format last used in 2016. Ten finalists all perform their entries on the night. A jury panel will help to select two acts to compete in a super final. Then the televoting public decide the winner.
The previous two editions of EMA involved qualifiers from two-semis singing it out in the final, before a 50/50 combination of televoting and juries decided the winner.
A date for EMA 2019 has yet to be announced. And despite speculation, there’s currently no word on whether Lea Sirk will return to host next year’s final.
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