Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has revealed the ten acts who will compete in the national final EMA 2019. The line-up features EMA 2016 runner-up Raiven, and Slovenia’s Junior Eurovision 2014 act, Ula Ložar.

The announcement was made this evening, in a video presented by Slovenia’s Eurovision 2018 representative, Lea Sirk.

EMA 2019 – IZVAJALCI

To je deset izvajalcev izbora EMA 2019: Fed Horses, INMATE, Kim, Lumberjack, Okusti?ni, Raiven, Renata Mohori?, René, Ula Ložar, Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl

Posted by EMA – Eurovision Slovenia on Thursday, December 27, 2018

The most familiar name to EMA fans will be Raiven. The diva known for her colourful hair (currently a silky emerald shade), first competed in EMA 2016, where she made it to the superfinal with her song “Črno bel”. She narrowly missed out on winning, with 49.16% of the vote.

Raiven returned to EMA 2017, where her entry “Zažarim” placed third. She also returned to EMA 2018 — but this time as the show’s co-host and one of the interval acts.

Raiven confirmed her participation with a Facebook post, including the intriguing double-negative, “I will stand for all of us who are not rebels without a cause”. Could this be hinting at a lyric or theme of her EMA entry?

Making her EMA debut is a Slovenian JESC veteran, 16-year-old Ula Ložar. At the age of 12, Ula was Slovenia’s first JESC act upon their debut in 2014. Her song “Nisi sam (Your Light)” placed 12th in the JESC final.

Ula’s JESC song was written by Slovenian musical power couple Maraaya and she was also part of Maraaya’s 2017 Christmas single. With an established relationship, could the “Here For You” hitmakers also be behind Ula’s EMA 2019 entry?

The rest of the line-up includes a varied selection of contemporary Slovenian acts. It features alt-country group Fed Horses, rockers Inmate and Lumberjack, as well as a number of solo artists and duos. The national final promises an eclectic mix of performances.

EMA 2019 has ditched the semi-finals of recent years and will revert to having just one grand final. The ten competing acts will perform their songs on the night and a jury panel will select two acts to compete in the superfinal. From there, the public televote will select the overall 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.

EMA 2019 – Competing acts

  • Fed Horses
  • Inmate
  • Kim
  • Lumberjack
  • Okustični
  • Raiven
  • Renata Mohorič
  • René
  • Ula Ložar
  • Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl

What do you think? Which EMA 2019 acts are you most excited for? Who would you like to see represent Slovenia in Tel Aviv? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Héctor
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Héctor

Glad to see Raiven back. “Crno Bel” deserved to win!

dual lipper
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dual lipper

hwalla neh neh

Erasmus
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Erasmus

+ I want to add the titels of the songs that weren’t mentioned on the article(they aren’t on FB page of EMA, but on official page of RTVSLO) and also translations of them; Fed Horses – Ti Ne Poznaš Konjev – translation; You Don’t Know the Horses Inmate – Atma – It’s not Slovene so I don’t know what does it mean haha Kim – Rhythm Back To Me – so an English song Lumberjack – Lepote Dna – Beauties of the Deeps Okusti?ni – Metulji Plešejo – Dancing Butterflies Raiven – Kaos – Chaos Renata M. – Three Bridges,… Read more »

Erasmus
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Erasmus

So as a Slovene here are my opinions; Most looking forward to Raiven of course, she’s one my favourite Slovenian artists, she’ll go for something experimental. And I love her looks, and all the colours really fit her. Zala & Gašper are the second act that I really like, BUT I don’t think their music is ESC friendly, they are VERY indie pop, kind of quiet electro ballads. But u should check them out, I really like Baloni, Valovi and S Teboi. Then we also have Ula Ložar, she’s under Maraaya so it will be good, that’s all I can… Read more »

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

This should be a lot of fun. 🙂
I’m looking forward to it. x

KESC
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KESC

Allaayy Allaay Allaay Blue is Blue and Red is Red.

Russian Fla-la-lag
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Russian Fla-la-lag

Ula has grown up well

nim90
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nim90

I really liked Raiven’s 2016 song but her 2017 entry was weak – sure, it was amazing to see her turn into a human disco ball but the song felt like a poor man’s “Love Injected”. Let’s hope they came up with a better one this year.

dam,hsndkj
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dam,hsndkj

Dont hipe raiven too much because we dont want to 2016 and 2017 happen againg when she was a fan favorite and then robbed.

aaron
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aaron

I think they’ve purposely picked a selection of potentially weaker acts. Raiven should be sent, I’ll be surprised if she isn’t

aaron
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aaron

This is Raiven’s year

Coming for top 10 in the grand final

Xoxo
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Xoxo

I hope they give chance to Raiven thus year. She’s unique, great musician, actress, open LGFT supporter, and now she produces her songs in London’s Metropolis studios. I can’t see better artist to represent Slovenia at ESC.

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Queen Raiven return very happy ? waiting song a slovenian language and gold ticket in Tel Aviv

Mirko
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Mirko

OMG Raiven! Now i know who’s gonna get my 12 points! ?estitke iz Italije!

Jo.
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Jo.

Well, Raiven is definitely the one to beat here. Let’s see…

beccaboo1212
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Hvala YAY! 😀

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

With this format, I reckon RTVSLO already decided who is winning. I hope they chose something I like. It is quite possible they deliberately chose nine weak songs so nobody can object to their choice.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I’m looking forward to finding next year’s Slovenian treasure and I’m already weeping for this edition’s public favorite that RTVSLO is going to screw over.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Yep. Not as if they have any intention of picking the best song anyway. 😉