Less than two weeks ago, Slovenia‘s broadcaster RTV SLO launched its national final EMA 2020, including a wildcard for upcoming acts. But now Slovenian media is claiming that was all for nothing, with reports that R&B singer Senidah has instead been internally selected to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2020.
The news was broken by the news site Kurir, who are reporting it as a done deal. Senidah has reportedly been internally selected and will not be required to compete against other acts in the national final EMA.
Kurir’s source claims that “Senida was very pleased with the invitation to represent Slovenia in the Netherlands. Eurovision is her great love. All this is coming now, as Senida tries to build an international career, so the European music festival will welcome her to introduce herself to audiences outside the Old Continent.”
Senidah may be familiar to Eurovision fans from her appearance in Slovenia’s national final EMA 2014. Back then, Senidah was the glamorous lead singer of the group MUFF. Their song “Let Me Be (Myself)” was a stand-out in the national final. It made the super final, where MUFF lost to Tinkara Kovač with “Spet/Round and Round”.
Senidah has since gone solo and has released a number of singles in recent years. Earlier this year, she released her debut solo album Bez tebe (Without You).
Internal selection or just hype?
Broadcaster RTV SLO has not confirmed this news. Earlier in the month, the broadcaster launched their national final, EMA 2020. The revamped national final format will include EMA FREŠ, a newcomers section, which will give a wildcard entry to the most popular newcomer.
Despite the claim of Senidah’s internal selection, RTV SLO is still accepting entries for EMA 2020, both from newcomers and established artists. There is no sign that RTV SLO has cancelled its national final in favour of an internally selected act.
August is still very early in the Eurovision calendar and it is not typical for broadcasters to have confirmed their acts this early on.
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