Slovenia recently held the 24th edition of their national selection show EMA 2020 for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, crowning Ana Soklic as their winner with her song “Voda”. She will travel to Rotterdam in May to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, performing in the first semi-final on 14 May.
Twelve entries competed in the final of EMA 2020 which consisted of two rounds. In the first round a jury of three panellists (Maja Keuc, Darja Švajger and Nuša Derenda) who have all previously represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest, selected their top two entries. “Voda” by Ana Soklic and “Man Like U” by Lina Kuduzovic made it through to the Superfinal where the public chose Ana as their winner.
You can listen to Ana Soklic and her song “Voda” below:
Slovenia made their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 but have yet to win the competition. Their best results came in 1995 and 2001 where they finished in seventh place. Since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004, the country has struggled to make it through to the grand final, failing to qualify on ten occasions. Ana will be hoping she can change Slovenia’s fortunes and not only qualify for the grand final but to also find herself at the top of the leaderboard.
The Eurovision 2020 acts that have been announced so far are Blas Cantó for Spain, Hooverphonic for Belgium, VICTORIA for Bulgaria, Sandro for Cyprus, Vincent Bueno for Austria, Arilena Ara for Albania, Tornike Kipiani for Georgia, Jeangu Macrooy for the Netherlands, Vasil for North Macedonia, Tom Leeb for France, Benny Cristo for the Czech Republic, Eden Alene for Israel, Stefania for Greece, Montaigne for Australia, Samanta Tina for Latvia, Diodato for Italy, Destiny Chukunyere for Malta, Roxen for Romania, THE ROOP for Lithuania, Ulrikke Brandstorp for Norway, Athena Manoukian for Armenia, Alicja Szemplinska for Poland, James Newman for the UK and Samira Efendi for Azerbaijan. The remaining countries are expected to reveal their acts in the next couple of months.
The 65th edition of Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted at the Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands after Duncan Laurence won the 2019 contest with the song “Arcade”. The two Semi-Finals will take place on 12 May 2020 and 14 May 2020, with the Grand Final taking place on 16 May 2020. A total of 41 countries will compete in the contest.
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