Ana Soklič, winner of EMA 2020
Ana Soklič, winner of 'EMA 2020' Photo: RTVSLO

Slovenia has picked Ana Soklič for Eurovision 2020

Public broadcaster RTV Slovenia hosted the final of its national selection 'EMA' tonight, with 12 finalists competing for the ticket to Rotterdam. After a 'superfinal' round against Lina Kuduzović, it was announced that Ana Soklič won the national selection with her song 'Voda' and will represent the country during the first Semi-Final on 12 May in Rotterdam.

Comedian and TV presenter Klemen Slakonja hosted the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest EMA 2020. Last year's Slovenian representatives, Zala & Gašper, performed during the interval act before Ana Soklič was announced as the winner.

About Ana Soklič

From a young age, Anna Soklič developed and refined her musical skills at the opera and jazz academy, before she started to write her own music.

Ana Soklič, Slovenia's 'EMA 2020' winner and Eurovision 2020 representativeRTVSLO

The winning song of EMA 2020, Voda, is written by Ana herself alongside Bojan Simončič.

About the show

The talent

During the show, a professional jury including past Eurovision participants Darja Švajger (1995, 1999), Nuša Derenda (2001) and Maja Keuc (2011), selected 2 super finalists: Ana Soklič and former Junior Eurovision participant Lina Kuduzović.

Superfinalists in EMA 2020RTVSLO

The 2 singers performed their entries once more in the super final. The winner, Ana Soklič was determined by televote only.

Ana Soklič, Slovenia's 'EMA 2020' winner and Eurovision 2020 representativeRTVSLO

All 12 acts and their song titles:

  • Simon Vadnjal - Nisi Sam

  • Saška – Še Kar Lovim Tvoj Nasmeh

  • Gaja Prestor - Verjamem Vase

  • Ana Soklič - Voda (5035 votes)

  • Inmate - The Salt

  • Manca Berlec - Večnost

  • Tinkara Kovač - Forever

  • Božidar Wolfand Wolf - Maybe Someday

  • Parvani Violet – Cupid

  • Klara Jazbec - Stop The World

  • Imset - Femme Fatale

  • Lina Kuduzović - Man Like U (4369 votes)

Presenter Klemen Slakonja

Not all presenters are able to tackle both the job of hosting a TV show and serving Eurovision-worthy vocals. Presenter Klemen Slakonja took on the massive job of recreating all 25 Slovenian entries throughout the years.

Klemen also recreated Duncan Laurence's winning Eurovision 2019 entry Arcade, which ended in - controlled - tragedy.

Slovenia in Eurovision

Slovenia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 having previously entered the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia. To date Slovenia's best placing in the Eurovision Song Contest is seventh, which it achieved in 1995 and 2001. Whilst Slovenia has not won the Eurovision Song Contest it did win Eurovision Choir of the Year in 2017. Last year they were represented by Zala and Gašper reaching the final with their song Sebi.

What do you think of Voda? Let us know in the comments below!

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Published on 5 February 2020, 15:30 CET

Hear Slovenia's contenders for Eurovision 2020 now

Public broadcaster RTV Slovenia has finalized the list of 12 artists and songs that will battle for the country's ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The acts will perform during the national final of Slovenia's national selection 'EMA 2020' on 22 February 2020.

The 10 previously announced finalists will be joined by EMA FREŠ winners Parvani Violet and Saška in competing to represent Slovenia in Rotterdam. Listen to clips of all 12 songs below:

On 22 February, a 3-member panel of experts will select 2 super finalists of EMA 2020, and the final winner will then be decided by the public via televote.

Slovenia will perform in the first semi-final on 12 May.

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Posted 20 December 2019 at 15:00 CET

Public broadcaster RTV Slovenia has picked 10 artists to battle for the country's ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The acts will perform during the national final of Slovenia's national selection 'EMA 2020' on 22 February 2020. Fun fact: Lina Kuduzović took 3rd place at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and Tinkara Kovač reached the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

The 10 chosen artists and the (working) titles of their songs are:

  • Ana Soklič - Voda

  • Božidar Wolfand Wolf - Maybe Someday

  • Gaja Prestor - Verjamem Vase

  • Imset - Femme Fatale

  • Inmate - The Salt

  • Klara Jazbec - Stop The World

  • Lina Kuduzović - Man Like U

  • Manca Berlec - Večnost

  • Simon Vadnjal - Nisi Sam

  • Tinkara Kovač - Forever

2 more finalists to be announced

The 10 selected artists will be joined by 2 newcomers, so the total number of competing acts will be 12. RTV Slovenia has introduced an online preselection project called EMA FREŠ to secure new and non-established performers under the age of 26 who have not released more than 3 songs. From this competition, 2 acts will go through to the main competition. One of the 2 acts from EMA FREŠ will be determined by a public vote and another by a professional jury.

Finalists 'EMA FREŠ' 2020RTV Slovenia

EMA 2020 voting

During the show, a professional jury will first select 2 super finalists who will perform their entries once more in the super final. The eventual winner of EMA 2020 will be determined by televoting only.

What do you think of Slovenia's EMA 2020 line-up? Let us know in the comments!

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