Power to the (fresh) people! After five weeks of selecting the finalists for EMA FREŠ, the two newcomer acts who will go ahead and compete in Slovenia’s Eurovision 2020 national final have now been chosen. Parvani Violet and Saška made it, and will join the ten established acts in the EMA 2020 final.
Even if the EMA FREŠ final tonight can be seen as a wildcard round, it definitely felt like the main competition. Social media stars Maja Pinterič and Bojan Cvjetićanin, who is a singer-songwriter himself, hosted the show and presented ten acts on stage in the RTVSLO-studios. For the first time ever we could hear the full revamped versions of the competing songs. And the ten newcomers gave it all!
After the ten competing songs had been performed it was up to the public to decide which two acts get a real shot at representing Slovenia in Rotterdam. In the end, Parvani Violet and Saška have been chosen to join the established acts that will also try to get the ticket to Eurovision.
EMA FREŠ Winners
What Beyonce is to Destiny‘s Child, Veronika Steiner is to Parvani Violet! She is 21 years old, she‘s the face of the band and was a finalist of Slovenia‘s Got Talent last year. So the public is already familiar with her. The international style and sound of Veronika’s band Parvani Violet probably helped her getting one of the EMA Freš final tickets. Veronika currently lives in Stockholm where she gets her inspiration for new music. She also covers songs on YouTube and has already taken part in various music competitions with her band. Parvani Violet are one of the hot favourites in the competition so far. Together with her band, Veronika is singing the song “Cupid”.
Although the competition is for newcomers, Saška isn’t that inexperienced. She’s been involved with music since she was a child and loves to sing and play the violin. Maybe she could combine the two for Eurovision? Speaking of Eurovision: Saška previously worked with one Slovenia’s most successful representative: Nuša Derenda — seventh place at Eurovision 2001. Recently, she played support for local popstar Alya. But now she wants to go one step further and be the star herself. Saška says she hopes to use EMA Freš to present herself and for many people get to know her and her music. Eurovision would be a great opportunity for that. She competes with a current sounding ballad in Slovenian.
EMA FREŠ also included a triple interval act. Fed Horses, Lumberjack and RAIVEN – all of whom competed in EMA 2019 last year – performed their new songs with the ever-lasting runner up RAIVEN once again serving a new hair colour (this time going blonde). She performed her song “Ti”.
Following on from the numerous online voting rounds – the first one took place back in November – and the final of EMA FREŠ, we finally know who will join the ten already pre-qualified acts on 22 February at EMA 2020. In fact, a total of 12 acts will battle it out and try to get the ticket to The Netherlands and Eurovision.
EMA 2020: Full Line-Up
1. Ana Soklič – “Voda”
2. Božidar Wolfand Wolf – “Maybe Someday”
3. Gaja Prestor – “Verjamem vase”
4. Imset – “Femme Fatale”
5. Inmate – “The Salt”
6. Klara Jazbec – “Stop the World”
7. Lina Kuduzović – “Man Like U”
8. Manca Berlec – “Večnost”
9. Simon Vadnjal – “Nisi sam”
10. Tinkara Kovač – “Forever”
11. Parvani Violet – “Cupid”
12. Saška – “Še kar lovim tvoj”
In 2014 and 2015, Germany proved that it’s not always guaranteed for established acts to get the crown. Both years, the wildcard option of the national final won the right to represent the country at Eurovision.
In 2013, for the first time ever, an Andra Chansen winner of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen went on to win the grand final and Robin Stjernberg represented the country on home soil. So maybe even one of the winners of tonight’s show will also make it to Eurovision for Slovenia.
What do you think? Did your favourites make it to the EMA 2020 final? Who do you want to see representing Slovenia in Rotterdam?