It’s time for another country to reveal the artists competing to represent them at Eurovision 2022, and now it’s the turn of Slovenia. Slovenia is returning to EMA as its national selection this year following their decision to internally select EMA 2020 winner Ana Soklič in 2021.
The 16 artists announced will be joined by 4 qualifiers from EMA FREŠ, a secondary contest for up-and-coming artists under the age of 30. The 14 artists competing in EMA FREŠ will be revealed on 24th December 2021.
The competing artists and songs so far are:
|Tendency||Anabel||Music: Ana Teržan – Anabel|
Lyrics: Ana Teržan – Anabel
|Mim Pravil (My Rules)||Batista Cadillac||Music: Urban Lutman, Matija Koritnik, Martin Štibernik, Tadej Košir|
Lyrics: Benjamin Krnetič
|Čas Je (It’s Time)||Bowrain and Brina||Music: Tine Grgurevič|
Lyrics: Gregor Kosi
|Maj (May)||BQL||Music: Anej Piletič, Raay|
Lyrics: Marjetka Vovk
|Še Vedno So Lepa (They Are Still Beautiful)||David Amaro||Music: Goran Šarac|
Lyrics: Rok Lunaček
|Kliki (Clicks)||Eva Moškon||Music: Nermin Puškar|
Lyrics: Srečko Meolic
|Nova Romantika (New Romantics)||Gušti feat. Leyre||Music: Miha Guštin – Gušti|
Lyrics: Miha Guštin – Gušti
|Sledim (I Follow)||Hauptman||Music: Žan Hauptman, Vid Turica|
Lyrics: Žan Hauptman
|Obzorje (Horizon)||Jonatan Haller||Music: Jonatan Haller, Satja Medvešek, Jernej Drnovšek|
Lyrics: Jonatan Haller, Miha Rednak
|Girls Can Do Anything||July Jones||Music: July Jones|
Lyrics: July Jones
|Chasing Dreams||Klara Jazbec||Music: Ed Fisher|
Lyrics: Klara Jazbec, Ani Cordero
|Tud Teb Se Lahk Zgod (It Can Happen To You)i||Le Serpentine||Music: Žiga Jokić|
Lyrics: Žiga Jokić
|Si Sama? (Are You Alone?)||Manouche||Music: Robert Pikl|
Lyrics: Robert Pikl
|Independiente (Independent)||Mia Guček||Music: Mia Guček, Octavian Rasinariu, Patrick Jamnik|
Lyrics: Mia Guček, Octavian Rasinariu, Patrick Jamnik
|H₂O Dieta (H₂O Diet)||Vedran Ljubenko||Music: Vedran Ljubenko, Jakov Zadro|
Lyrics: Vedran Ljubenko
|V Ogledalu (In Mirrors)||Zala Smolnikar||Music: Zala Smolnikar|
Lyrics: Zala Smolnikar
Who might you recognise?
Anabel is a face EMA viewers may recognise, having competed in the 2018 edition of the show with her song Pozitiva. She finished in 7th place in the semi-final.
BQL have already placed second at EMA twice before! They competed in 2017 with Heart of Gold and in 2018 with their song Promise, winning the televote in both cases. Their song this year is co-written with 2015 Eurovision entrants Maaraya. Will they finally get their win this year?
Klara Jazbec is another EMA alumna, having competed at the previous edition in 2020. She finished in 7th place with Stop The World.
What else do we know about EMA this year?
EMA 2022 will take place in February 2022, though the exact dates have not yet been announced. Two semi-finals will take place, followed by a grand final to select their representative for Turin 2022. The voting will be a 50/50 split between a jury and a televote in all shows.
Slovenian broadcaster RTV announced that they had received 127 applications for EMA and EMA FREŠ.
Slovenia in Eurovision
In 1993, Slovenia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest with 1X Band and the song “Tih deževen dan”, which placed 22nd. Since their debut, they have participated 26 times (15 of which where they qualified for the Grand Final).
Slovenia’s recent Eurovision participation, saw them being represented by Ana Soklič, who represented them with the song “Amen”, which placed 13th in the first semi-final receiving 44 points from the jury and televoters.
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News Source: Eurovision.tv
Photo Source: EBU/Thomas Hanses