Slovenia‘s broadcaster RTV SLO has seen out 2020 with a big announcement for the new year. The broadcaster has confirmed that EMA 2021 will be held on 27 February — and with it, Ana Soklič‘s song for Rotterdam will be known.
The broadcaster announced the news today, where they revealed that of 191 potential Eurovision songs for Ana, three songs had been shortlisted.
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RTV SLO’s announcement was a little ambiguous as to what happens next. In the press release, the broadcaster explains:
“The entertainment program, in cooperation with the performer and the opinion of the expert committee, will decide in the coming days on the suitability of one or two songs for EMA 2021.”
Some are interpreting this to mean one or two songs in addition to the three songs already shortlisted, while others interpret it to mean that the three shortlisted songs will be narrowed down to just one or two.
Slovenian Eurovision blog Evrovizija.com has interpreted it as the second possibility — that we’ll see one or two songs at EMA 2021.
Will EMA 2021 be a national final or just a song presentation?
The possibility of EMA 2021 only involving one or two songs suggests it could be a song presentation rather than a national final. The broadcaster hasn’t confirmed any details about EMA 2021 with regards to the song (or songs) for Ana.
Will the show be used as a national final, where viewers and/or a jury can vote for Ana’s song for Rotterdam? Or will the show be used only to present Ana’s song for Eurovision — and possibly one other potential entry?
RTV SLO has confirmed, though, that EMA 2021 will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Slovenia’s first participation at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Slovenia debut at Eurovision 1961, then as part of Yugoslavia. The first Yugoslavian entry — Ljiljana Petrović’s “Neke davne zvezde” — was composed by the legendary Slovene musician Jože Privšek.
The Slovene language was first heard at Eurovision in 1966 when Berta Ambrož represented Yugoslavia with “Brez besed”.
EMA 2021 will celebrate iconic Eurovision performances of Slovenia and Yugoslavia over the past 60 years.
Ana Soklič won EMA 2020 with the song “Voda”. She was then internally selected by RTV SLO to represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2021.
What do you think? Should EMA 2021 involve a vote for Ana’s song or internally select the entry? How many songs should Ana perform at EMA? Tell us your thoughts below!