They took the theme Dare to dream to a whole new level in Tel Aviv, serving a starry LED that resembled a dreamscape. Now Slovenia‘s broadcaster RTVSLO is looking for the successor of Zala Kralj & Gasper Santl. Today they revealed the concept of their partly renewed national selection.
EMA 2020 will again reach its climax on a final night in February with 10 acts. But two of them will have fought for their place in the final through a separate competition. Since the average Eurovision viewer gets younger and younger every year, songs with a current sound have a tendency to do rather well. Especially when it comes to Slovenia: the atmospheric electro-entry “Sebi” and the trap-influenced banger “Hvala, ne!” brought the country back to the final two years in a row. That’s a huge step forward for a country that has at times struggled to advance to the Saturday show.
That’s why Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO decided to give young musicians even more opportunities for next year’s selection. So they launched not only the usual application round, but also EMA Freš – uh, so fresh!
EMA Freš is meant to secure new and non-established acts under the age of 26 a place in the main competition. Acts who have not released more than three songs so far have been invited to send in a one-minute-long video of themselves performing. The 18 best — with the “most fresh” entries — as decided by an expert panel, have now been revealed, and here they are:
- Astrid in Avantgarden – “Sing To Me”
- Alfirev – “Črno bela lika”
- Klarity – “Diham”
- Lana Hrvatin – “Dream”
- Ljudmila Frelih – “Vztrajaj, ker je vredno”
- Marko Škof – “Hočem da je vse kot prej”
- Martina – “Pleši”
- Marmoris – “Moj prista”
- Nuša Pliberšek – “Življenje je čarovnija”
- Parvani Violet – “Cupid”
- Petra Ceglar – “Srce naglas”
- Pia Nina – “Tukaj in zdaj”
- Sara Petešič – “Sanjaj / Dream”
- Saška – “Še kar lovim tvoj nasmeh”
- Soulution – “Bil bom s teboj”
- Stella – “Ne vem, če sem v redu”
- Tilen Lotrič – “Jaz in ti”
- Younite – “The Cure”
So far the process is not that difficult to understand. But Slovenians are known for giving their selection some extra twist. This time they want to keep us excited with a clever and complicated selection system. And since the songs above will probably be the first potential Eurovision 2020 songs we’ll get to hear, this will be very exciting! The 18 chosen songs will compete in duels. The competition starts on 4 November with the first two songs to participate against each other.
From this day on, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, an online duel will take place. Then the three daily winners of the week will battle it out on Friday to become the overall weekly favourite. After that, the jury will select one more song as their weekly-winner. Meaning that every week two songs will make it to the next stage.
These duels will last for three weeks, meaning that six songs will make it to the next round of the show: the EMA Freš final. But hold on! Everyone deserves a second chance, right? The twelve songs that didn‘t make it to the final round will still have the chance to do so. For the next two weeks these “lucky losers” will again battle it out in duels.
So after these two weeks, another four songs will be through and will join the first six winners. In the end, a total of 10 songs will take part in the EMA Freš final – with the date yet to be announced. This whole process will take place online through a special voting website.
Only two of these 10 acts will get crowned winners and move on to take part in the actual final of Slovenia‘s EMA 2020 in February – together with the eight artists selected by the Slovenian broadcaster. Established acts still have time to apply at RTVSLO.
One thing is for sure: the battles of EMA Freš will begin on 4 November with the last decision to be made on 6 December. This means we’ll probably get to hear the very first potential Eurovision entry of the season in only two weeks time.
Responsible for the 18 songs that have been chosen (and for making further decisions in the process) are singer and songwriter Bojan Cvjetićanin, TV presenter Klemen Kopina, Eurovision-expert and journalist Denis Živcec and Slovenian social media-stars Maja Pinteric and Rebeka Tomc.
What do you think? Will the fresh section of EMA 2020 help make the national final in Slovenia even more current? Who could become the next representative and fly the Slovenian flag in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments below.