ManuElla representing Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016
RTVSLO, Slovenia’s national broadcaster, revealed today the 16 participants, who will take part in EMA 2018, the country’s national final. The line-up brings to former Eurovision participants in for a chance of a comeback.
The artist, who will compete to represent Slovenia in Lisbon were revealed today. Two of the contestants have represented Slovenia before at the Eurovision Song Contest: Tanja Ribič with Zbudi se in 1997, when she finished 10th, and ManuElla with Red and Blue in 2016, when she didn’t manage to qualify for the big final.
Furthermore there is a bunch of names, who participated in EMA before, such as BQL, Nika Zorjan, Ina Shai, Lea Sirk, KiNG FOO and Nuška Drašček.
EMA 2018 participants
Anabel – Pozitiva BQL – Ptica Gregor Ravnik – Zdaj je čas Ina Shai – V nebo Indigo – V nebo KiNG FOO – Žive sanje Lara Kadis – Zdaj sem tu Lea Sirk – Cirque ManuElla – Dan potem Marina Martensson – Blizu MILA – Svoboda Nika Zorjan – Uspavanka Nuška Drašček – Ne zapusti me zdaj Orter – Tisoč let Proper – Ukraden cvet Tanja Ribič – Ljudje
The songs for EMA 2018 have been chosen by a jury, consisting of Maja Keuc, who represented Slovenia at 2011 Eurovision, Eva Hren, musician and the professor of guitar, Jernej Vene, music editor at “Radio Val 202” and Tadej Košir, guitarist and composer.
All the 16 contestants are going to participate in the semi-final show in February next year. Here 8 artists will qualify for the final – 4 finalists will be chosen by televote and 4 finalists will be chosen by the jury.
Last night RTVSLO also announced some more details about the voting procedure in EMA 2018. The winner in the final show will be chosen by televote and 6 juries. It will be a 50/50 televote and jury vote split. Unlike the last year, where the juries were geographically defined, this year the 6 juries are representing the following groups:
(3) the radio industry
(4) the television industry
(5) OGAE Slovenia
(6) the international panel
Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovenia’s first appearance in the Eurovision Song Contest took place in Ireland’s Millstreet in 1993. Back then, 1XBand finished 22nd with only 9 points. Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as part of Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of these 27 entries were from Slovene artists.
Since 1993, Slovenia has participated in the grand final 13 times. Their best results were seventh places in 1995 and 2001, and their worst result came in 2013, when Hannah Mancini finished last in her semi-final.
This year Omar Naber failed to qualify Slovenia for the grand final as he finished 17th in his semi-final with the song On My Way. You can watch Omar’s perform this song at the 2017 edition of Eurovision In Concert in the video below:
Broadcaster RTVSLO has announced the 16 participating artists in EMA 2018, the Slovenian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. ManuElla and Tanja Ribic return to the stage to represent Slovenia again.
ManuElla took part in 2016 with her song ‘Blue and Red’, however failed to qualify from the semi finals. Another familiar name in the line-up is BQL, who took part in EMA 2017 as well with their song ‘Heart of gold’, which turned out to become a fan-favourite.
Tanja Ribic is another former Eurovision participant, though it was a long time ago. She represented Slovenia in 1997 with the song ‘Zbudi Se’.
The pre-selection and final selection take place in February 2018. Sixteen songs will take part but only eight of them will qualify for the final evening. Four of these finalists will be chosen by a public vote, and four will be picked by a professional jury. Afterwards, in the final, a public vote will decide who will be the Slovenian representative at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.
Broadcaster RTVSLO has announced the 16 participating artists in EMA 2018, the Slovenian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. ManuElla returns to the stage to represent Slovenia again.
ManuElla took part in 2016 with her song ‘Blue and Red’, but failed to qualify from the semi finals. Another familiar name in the line-up is BQL, who took part in EMA 2017 as well with their song ‘Heart of gold’, which turned out to become a fan-favourite.
The pre-selection and final selection will be held in February 2018. Sixteen songs will be presented but only eight of them will qualify for the final evening. Four of these finalists will be chosen by a public vote, and four will be picked by a professional jury. In the final, a public vote will decide who will be the Slovenian representative at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest.
The 16 acts in EMA 2018
We will get to know the Australian artist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Monday the 11th of December. Broadcaster SBS Australia confirmed the news in a press statement.
The 2018 Eurovision Contest will mark Australia’s fourth year of competing in the event, following a remarkable record of three top ten finishes, with Guy Sebastian’s fifth place in 2015, Dami Im’s second place in 2016, and Isaiah Firebrace coming ninth in the 2017 contest, which was held earlier this year in Kiev, Ukraine.
Stay tuned to ESCDaily to find out more about the Australian participation in Lisbon in the upcoming days!
Operación Triunfo, the Spanish talent show, will function as Spain’s selection method for Eurovision 2018. The final date and format details are yet to be announced.
Operación Triunfo was last used to select the Spanish entry in 2004. RTVE has returned to this format after not having much success with Objetivo Eurovision, which took place in 2016 and 2017.
Operación Triunfo & The Eurovision Song Contest
Rosa López won the first edition in 2002 with the song Europe’s living a celebration. She finished in 7th place with 81 points. Which, up until that point was Spain’s best result in the contest for 15 years.
While it was televised, Operación Triunfo would regularly reach over 13 million viewers. This would be equal to around 80% of the market share in Spain.
Objectivo Eurovision not successful for Spain
In 2016, Objetivo Eurovision sent Barei and her song Say Yay to Eurovision. She ended up second to last with 77 points. Then last year, Spain used Objetivo Eurovision to select Manuel Navarro and the song ‘Do it for your Lover’ for Kiev. There was a tiebreaker with 2 jury members opting for Manuel and the last remaining jury member opting for Mirela. Many thought this was the wrong choice to make. Spain ended up last in the Grand Final with a single figure total of 5 points.
In January 2018, the Czech Republic will hold a national final for the first time in ten years. Six songs will be performed and a public vote will decided who will go to Lisbon for the at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Head of Delegation Jan Bors has confirmed the plans on Twitter. People can vote for their favourite act through the official Eurovision app. These votes will be combinated with the points given by an international jury.
In the 10-year history of the Czech Republic in the contest, broadcaster CT always had an internal selection. But next year will be the year they turn things around.
V lednu 2018 budeme dělat po deseti letech národní kolo Eurovize! Vybírat se bude ze 6ti skladeb! Hlasovat budete moci přes oficiální eurovizní aplikaci https://t.co/OTtJlGhydh . Vaše hlasy doplní hlasy mezinárodní poroty! Už se těšíte? #eurovize
— Jan Frost Bors (@Frostwii) 7 december 2017
A more professional approach
The Eurovision Song Contest is becoming more popular in the Central European country. After reaching the final in Stockholm for the first time, over 300 songs were submitted to broadcaster CT in 2017. For next year, the number even increased to over 400.
In an exclusive interview by ESCDaily with Head of Delegation Jan Bors, he already predicted that the Czechs would make it to the final in 2016 and that the success of Gabriela Gunčíková could be a huge thing for them.
The last time the Czech Republic had a national final was in 2008. They also used a preselection in 2007. Both attempts turned out not to be successful at the Eurovision Song Contest itself.