Tonight is the night! Slovenians from around the land will gather ’round their tellies to watch and vote in Evrovizijska Melodija 2019 — that’s EMA 2019.
Back on January 31 we asked you which song was your favourite based on the minute-long snippets that featured voiceover from the artists discussing their tracks.
After counting precisely 2,130 votes, the results are in and our readers have a clear favourite. Raiven may sing about chaos, but her track “Kaos” feels rather in order to our readers. It earned a staggering 39% of all votes in our poll, putting her well-ahead of second-favourite Kim.
Raiven’s track has shades of Prodigy, and the title reflects the at times jarring and uncomfortable sounds of the in-your-face track. Yet because of her charisma and ability to reign it in, the song really holds together. It wakes you up and refuses to let you go back to sleep.
EMA 2019: Our readers’ favourites
Kim — “Rhythm Back To You”
“My name is Kim Begovič and I will be performing at EMA 2019. My song carries the title “Rhythm Back To You” and was written by Raay and Marijetka Vovk (Maraaya). I think my song will appeal to the listeners as it is unique, special and something new on the Slovenian music scene. The song is uplifting, happy and creates a good mood. Now, finally, I have the opportunity to show what I know and to live my dream.”
Renata Mohorič — “Three Bridges”
“I’m Renata Mohorič and I’ll be partaking in EMA 2019. My song is called “Three Bridges” and was composed by Grigor Koprov and written by Swedish lyricist Stiko Per Larsson. My song is calm and simple but towards the end it builds and develops more emotions.”
René — “Ne poveš”
“My name’s René, and I will be taking part in EMA 2019. My song is called “Ne poveš” (“You Don’t Say”) and was composed by Jean Markič. The song itself is in a somewhat funk and RnB style and is very much a positive number. Now it’s time that my musical journey begins and that’s why I decided to take part in this year’s EMA.”
Fed Horses — “Ti ne poznaš konjev”
“We are Fed Horses, and we’ll be performing at EMA 2019. Our song is titled “Ti ne poznaš konjev” (“You don’t know the horses”) and was written and composed by yours truly. It is a ballad infused with country elements and is one of the most honest tracks we have ever written and will hopefully reach out to the public. EMA is still one of the biggest televised music festivals in Slovenia and we consider it a wonderful chance to perform to a wide audience.”
Ula Ložar — “Fridays”
“I am Ula Ložar and I will be taking part in EMA 2019. My song carries the title “Fridays” and the authors are Raay, Anej Piletič, as well as Charlie Mason. The song encourages girls that Fridays are for them and to leave the boys behind. Since competing in Junior Eurovision, being able to participate in EMA and Eurovision has been a long-time dream of mine.”
Lumberjack — “Lepote dna”
“Our band’s name is Lumberjack and we will be competing in EMA 2019. Our song is entitled “Lepote dna” (“The beauty below”). We didn’t want to make any complications so we composed a piece for ourselves and that was it. We are going to EMA without any expectations — we’ll show up and see where the road takes us. ”
Okustični — “Metulji plešejo”
“We are Okustični and we’ll be taking part in EMA 2019 with the song “Metulji plešejo” (“The butterflies are dancing”), which was written and composed by Mate Bro. Our song is beautiful, deep and touches upon those moments that we all have in our lives. Why are we going to EMA? Well because it is the widest platform that enables one to spread their song to the entire Slovenian population.”
INMATE — “Atma”
“Our name is INMATE and we’ll be participating in EMA 2019 with the song “Atma” which was written and composed by us. Our song is somewhat different to all that has been performed on EMA as of yet. With the song we are presenting, we aim to rid the stereotypes of metal music in Slovenia and present a different side to it.”
Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl — “Sebi”
“We are Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl and we will be performing at EMA 2019 with the song “Sebi”” (“Oneself”), which we wrote and composed ourselves. We decided to take part in EMA 2019 as we wanted to reach out to listeners who had not come across us on the radio or internet.”
Raiven — “Kaos”
“I am Raiven and I will be taking part in the 2019 edition of EMA. The title of my song is “Kaos” (“Chaos”) and was written and composed by myself along with July Jones, Lazy Joe and Peter Khoo. The song was created entirely as an experiment and we initially thought that not much would come out of it. It isn’t pretentious; when we created the song, we didn’t think about whether it would be published on the radio or not. Therefore, I had to be a little bit encouraged to sign up to EMA with the song. I signed up for the Slovenian national selection as I wanted to have the best opportunity to promote my new upcoming album.”
What can we expect from the show itself?
Even if the broadcaster skipped the semi-finals, they still know how to build excitement. In the final there will be two voting rounds. After all 10 acts give their best on stage in Ljubljana, the best two songs will be decided by a jury vote alone. The top two acts will then compete in the super final. Only one of them gets the crown, and that’s decided by 100% televoting. Does that sound familiar to you? The method was used in 2016 when ManuElla won EMA but then crashed out of the semis in Stockholm. We hope that’s not a bad omen…
Who do you think will take the crown tonight in Slovenia? Let us know down below!