The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine is barely over but Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO have already revealed a new rule for their national selection, EMA 2018, next year!
A meeting of RTVSLO’s Program Council was held in which they confirmed using EMA as their national selection once again. A noteworthy change in rules will be however that for in semi-final, the song must be performed in either Slovenian or a recognised minority language of Slovenia!
Next to Slovenian that would mean these languages would be allowed to sing in as well:
In the final the performers are free to perform in any language they desire to. Wether this means the language the song is performed in in the EMA final has to be the language used for Eurovision as well, like the rules in Iceland are who use a similar system, is unclear.
When EMA 2018 will be held has not been disclosed yet.
Could this rule change be inspired by Salvador Sobral’s success in his own language a few weeks ago?