In February, Ana Soklič won EMA 2020, the Slovenian national selection for Eurovision 2020. However, as the contest was inevitably cancelled in March, Soklič was not able to sing for the Balkan nation this year. But now, Slovenia’s national broadcaster RTV Slovenija has officially broken the news that they have selected Ana to represent the country at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
Slovenia internally selects Ana Soklič for Eurovision 2021
As part of Slovenia’s special Eurovision 2020 show Pesem Evrovizije, Ana Soklič made a special guest appearance. There, host Nejc Šmit turned to the audience at home, saying: “We have some exclusive news for everyone. Do you [Ana] want to tell them, or do I?”, to which Ana replied with: “You do it”.
Then, confetti cannons fired and the music went off, on Šmit’s order. “Now it is official!”, the TV host announced. “Ana Soklič will represent us next year as well, in Eurovision 2021.”
RTVSLO captured the moment of the announcement and posted it on the EMA Instagram account to reveal the news to the wider audience.
As per the Eurovision 2021 rules, Soklič will not be able to perform her intended Eurovision 2020 song “Voda” at the contest next year, and must submit a new one instead.
It is currently unknown how Ana’s Eurovision 2021 song will be selected. Slovenia has used its national final EMA for the majority of its selection processes since 1996. They have previously only chosen their entry internally once, when Hannah Mancini was selected in 2013 with the song “Straight Into Love”.
It is possible that RTVSLO might re-brand EMA as a national final to let viewers select Soklič’s Eurovision 2021 song. However, we will have to wait for further information about this or whether the broadcaster will decide to choose the song internally.
Eurovision 2021: Confirmed artists
After Slovenia’s confirmation of their 2021 artist, we now have 18 selected entrants for Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam:
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 13 May)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
- Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
- Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
- San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
- Slovenia – Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
What do you think of Slovenia’s choice to resend Ana Soklič? What do you expect from her 2021 entry? Sound off in the comments below!