Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station RTV SLO
National selection events Slovenski izbor za Pesem Evrovizije (1993, 1995),
EMA (1996-1999, 2001-2012, 2014-),
Misija Evrovizija (2012),
Internal selection (2013)
Appearances 19 (11 finals)
First appearance 1993
Best result 7th: 1995, 2001
Worst result Last: 2013 SF
External links
Yugoslavia's page at

Slovenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 18 times, debuting at the 1993 contest after coming first the qualification round "Kvalifikacija za Millstreet", which was actually hosted in Slovenia itself, and competing in every year since, with the exceptions of 1994 and 2000, after poor results prevented Slovenia from competing.

Slovenia's best position was 7th, when Darja Švajger sang "Prisluhni mi" at the Eurovision Song Contest 1995, and in 2001 when Nuša Derenda sang "Energy". Darja Švajger has represented the country twice, in 1995 and 1999.

However, since the introduction of semi-finals at Eurovision in 2004 Slovenia's record at Eurovision has been poor; for 5 years the Slovene entry was relegated to the semi-finals. However, in 2007, Alenka Gotar progressed Slovenia to the final for the first time with the song "Cvet z juga". At the final she came 15th. Slovenia qualified for the final again in 2011 with Maja Keuc's "No One". She eventually placed 13th, Slovenia's best ranking since 2002. However, her 96 points are the most points Slovenia has ever received in the final (Alenka Gotar in 2007 received more points in the semi-final than Maja Keuc, but she performed in a field of 28 countries, while Keuc performed in a field of 19 countries.)

Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. 4 of the 27 entries were from Slovene artists.

The Slovene national final to select their entry is EMA, broadcast, along with Eurovision, by Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO).

During the voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, the Slovenian spokesperson Peter Poles jokingly requested a minutes silence, in order to commemorate the fact that Slovenia did not get to the final for two years running, however the silence only lasted 14 seconds.

In 2011 Slovenia reached the final again with Maja Keuc with the song No One which placed 13th in the final in Germany.


Table key

     Second place
     Third place
     Last place
     Automatically qualified to the final
     Did not qualify for the final
     Did not compete or was relegated
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 1X Band Slovene "Tih deževen dan" 22 9 1 54
Relegation from Participating
No Semi-Finals
1995 Darja Švajger Slovene "Prisluhni mi" 7 84
1996 Regina Slovene "Dan najlepših sanj" 21 16 19 30
1997 Tanja Ribič Slovene "Zbudi se" 10 60
No Semi-Finals
1998 Vili Resnik Slovene "Naj bogovi slišijo" 18 17
1999 Darja Švajger English "For a Thousand Years" 11 50
Relegation from Participating
2001 Nuša Derenda English "Energy" 7 70
2002 Sestre Slovene "Samo ljubezen" 13 33
2003 Karmen Stavec English "Nanana" 23 7
2004 Platin English "Stay Forever"
Failed to qualify
21 5
2005 Omar Naber Slovene "Stop"
Failed to qualify
12 69
2006 Anžej Dežan English "Mr Nobody"
Failed to qualify
16 49
2007 Alenka Gotar Slovene "Cvet z juga" 15 66 7 140
2008 Rebeka Dremelj Slovene "Vrag naj vzame"
Failed to qualify
11 36
2009 Quartissimo feat. Martina Majerle English, Slovene "Love Symphony"
Failed to qualify
16 14
2010 Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari Slovene "Narodnozabavni rock"
Failed to qualify
16 6
2011 Maja Keuc English "No One" 13 96 3 112
2012 Eva Boto Slovene "Verjamem"
Failed to qualify
17 31
2013 Hannah Mancini English "Straight into Love"
Failed to qualify
16 8
2014 Tinkara Kovač English, Slovene "Round and Round"

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004-2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2013, Slovenia's voting history is as follows:

12 Points[edit]

Table key

     Winner – Slovenia gave 12 points to a winning song / Slovenia won the contest.
     Second place – Slovenia gave 12 points to a runner-up song / Slovenia was runner-up in the contest.
     Third place – Slovenia gave 12 points to a third place song / Slovenia came third place in the contest.
     Qualified – Slovenia gave 12 points to a song that qualified to the Grand Finals / Slovenia qualified to the Grand Finals.
     Non-qualified – Slovenia gave 12 points to a song that did not qualify to the Grand Finals / Slovenia did not qualify to the Grand Finals.
Year Given Received
Final Semi Final Semi
1993  Ireland  Estonia
1994 Relegated No semi-finals Relegated No semi-finals
1995  Croatia
1996  Ireland Unknown1
1997  Russia No semi-finals
No semi-finals
1998  Croatia
1999  Croatia  Croatia
2000 Relegated Relegated
2001  Estonia
2002  Croatia
2003  Russia
2004  Serbia and Montenegro  Serbia and Montenegro Did not Qualify
2005  Croatia  Croatia Did not Qualify
2006  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Qualify
2007  Serbia  Serbia
2008  Serbia  Bosnia and Herzegovina Did not Qualify
2009  Norway  Serbia Did not Qualify
2010  Denmark  Croatia Did not Qualify
2011  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
2012  Serbia  Serbia Did not Qualify
2013  Denmark  Ukraine Did not Qualify

1 The voting for the 1996 pre-qualifying round is unknown to date.


Year(s) Commentators
19611984 Tomaž Terček
19861987 Miša Molk
1988-1989 Marjeta Keršič Svetel
1990 Saša Gerdej
1991-1992 Miša Molk
1993 Tajda Lekše
1994-1995 Damjana Golavšek
19962000 Miša Molk
20012004 Andrea F
20052007 Mojca Mavec
20082013 Andrej Hofer
  • From 1961 until 1991 Slovenia competed as part of Yugoslavia