In mid-July, Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO opened submissions to find a song for Ana Soklič to take to Eurovision 2021. Now the broadcaster has revealed that 191 song submissions have been received from hopeful songwriters.
The broadcaster shared the news on social media, writing “A record 191 entries were received for the invitation for songs for @AnaSoklich for @Eurovision 2021!”
Back in May, Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO confirmed that Ana Soklič had been internally selected to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2021. The EMA 2020 winner had earned a return ticket to Rotterdam.
In July, Ana and the broadcaster launched an open call for her song to take to Eurovision 2021. While “Voda” — Ana’s intended song for Eurovision 2020 — was a tender ballad, Ana was clear that she wasn’t specifically looking for a ballad for 2021 and encouraged songwriters to ‘go a little crazy’.
How will Ana Soklič’s song for Eurovision 2021 be selected?
The 191 song submissions will be reviewed by an expert jury of at least three people. They will shortlist a number of songs that will be published by the end of the year at the very latest.
While RTV SLO still hasn’t confirmed exactly how Ana’s song for Rotterdam will be selected, the broadcaster will reveal the song selection rules and voting process at a later date.
This seems to confirm that the song won’t be internally selected and that there still be some sort of public vote. This suggests that RTV SLO may hold so EMA-replacement show, with Ana performing the shortlisted songs — similar to Eden and Roxane’s song selection shows earlier this year.
Or perhaps Slovenia will scale things back and use an online vote, similar to the EMA FREŠ online wildcard contest.
Ana Soklič’s journey to Rotterdam
Ana had competed at EMA twice before, using the stage name Diona Dim in 2004 and 2007. But she finally got her chance earlier this year when Ana won EMA 2020 under her own name. However, as the contest was cancelled in March, Soklič was not able to sing for the Balkan nation in 2020.
In May — as part of Slovenia’s Eurovision replacement show — RTV SLO confirmed that Ana had been internally selected to represent her country at Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam.
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