Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Slovenia
National selection
Selection processEMA 2019
Selection date(s)16 February 2019
Selected entrantZala Kralj & Gašper Šantl
Selected song"Sebi"
Selected songwriter(s)Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (6th, 167 points)
Final result15th, 105 points
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Slovenia participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Slovenian broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija) organized the national selection EMA 2019 in order to select the Slovenian entry for the 2019 contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Slovenia had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twenty-four times since its first entry in 1993.[1] Slovenia's highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been seventh place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 1995 with the song "Prisluhni mi" performed by Darja Švajger and in 2001 with the song "Energy" performed by Nuša Derenda. The country's only other top ten result was achieved in 1997 when Tanja Ribič performing "Zbudi se" placed tenth. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the contest in 2004, Slovenia had thus far only managed to qualify to the final on four occasions. In 2018, Slovenia was represented by Lea Sirk and the song "Hvala, ne!", which qualified to the final and placed twenty-second.

The Slovenian national broadcaster, Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV Slovenija), broadcasts the event within Slovenia and organises the selection process for the nation's entry. The Slovenian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has traditionally been selected through a national final entitled Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA), which has been produced with variable formats. To this point, the broadcaster has only foregone the use of this national final in 2013 when the Slovenian entry was internally selected. For 2018, the broadcaster opted to organise EMA 2019 to select the Slovenian entry.

Before Eurovision[edit]

EMA 2019[edit]

EMA 2019 was the 23rd edition of the Slovenian national final format Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). The competition was used by RTV Slovenija to select Slovenia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Format[edit]

Ten songs competed in a televised show where the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, a jury panel selected two finalists out of the ten competing songs to proceed to a superfinal. Each member of the expert jury assigned a score of 1 (lowest score) to 5 (highest score) to each song with the top two being determined by the songs that receive the highest overall scores when the jury votes are combined. Ties were broken by giving priority to the song(s) that achieved a higher number of top scores (5), which would be followed by each juror indicating their preferred song should a tie still have persisted. In the superfinal, public televoting exclusively determined the winner. In case of technical problems with the televote, the jury would have voted to determine the winner in a similar process as in the first round of the competition.[2]

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 9 November 2018 and 14 December 2018.[3] 103 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. An expert committee selected ten artists and songs for the competition from the received submissions. The competing artists were announced on 27 December 2018.[4] Among the competing artists, Ula Ložar represented Slovenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014.

Final[edit]

Final – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s) Place Result
1 Kim "Rhythm Back to You" Maraaya, Jimmy Jansson, Samuel Waermö, Art Hunter 8 Eliminated
2 Renata Mohorič "Three Bridges" Grigor Koprov, Stiko Per Larsson 9 Eliminated
3 René "Ne poveš" (You don't say) Jean Markič 10 Eliminated
4 Fed Horses "Ti ne poznaš konjev" (You don't know the horses) Jure Mihevc, Urša Mihevc 4 Eliminated
5 Ula Ložar "Fridays" Maraaya, Anej Piletič, Charlie Mason 3 Eliminated
6 Lumberjack "Lepote dna" (The beauty of the bottom) Drago Popovič, Jaka Novak, Robi Glač, Blaž Kuster, David Podgornik, Rok Ahačevčič 6 Eliminated
7 Okustični "Metulji plešejo" (Butterflies are dancing) Mate Bro, Karin Zemljič 5 Eliminated
8 INMATE "Atma" Andrej Bezjak, Marko Duplišak, Jure Grudnik, Miha Oblišar 7 Eliminated
9 Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl "Sebi" (Oneself) Zala Kralj, Gašper Šantl 1 Advanced
10 Raiven "Kaos" (Chaos) Sara Briški Cirman, July Jones, Lazy Joe, Peter Khoo, Alba 2 Advanced
Superfinal – 16 February 2019
Draw Artist Song Public Vote Place
1 Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl "Sebi" 4666 (72.89%) 1
2 Raiven "Kaos" 1735 (27.11%) 2

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Slovenia was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 14 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[5]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Slovenia was set to perform in position 5, following the entry from Poland and preceding the entry from Czech Republic.[6]

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1–8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[7]

Points awarded to Slovenia[edit]

Points awarded to Slovenia (Semi-final 1)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Slovenia (Final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Slovenia[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Slovene jury:[7]

  • Žiga Klančar – Chairperson – music editor, head of music programme
  • Urša Mihevc – singer, composer
  • Ula Ložar – singer, represented Slovenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014
  • Mate Bro – musician, singer, composer, producer
  • Urša Vlašič – lyricist

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slovenia Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Pravila Izbiranja Skladb Za Sodelovanje Na Izboru Predstavnika/-Ce/-Ov RTV Slovenija Na 61. Tekmovanju Za Pesem Evrovizije 2016, EMA 2016 in Načina Glasovanja Na Izboru Predstavnika/-Ce/-Ov RTV Slovenija Na 61. Tekmovanju Za Pesem Evrovizije 2016, EMA 2016" (PDF) (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Slovenia: RTVSLO opens submission window for EMA2019". esctoday.com. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Slovenia: Raiven and JESC star Ula Ložar among the 10 competing acts in EMA 2019". wiwibloggs.com. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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