Slovenia is starting the first stage of their national selection – EMA Freš on the 4th of November, where 18 acts are going to compete for two places in the national final for Eurovision – EMA 2020. There will be nine duels in the very first round, and RTVSlo just announced who’s going head-to-head with whom.
The duels are as follows:
Stella vs Pia Nina
Soulution vs Younite
Astrid in Avantgarden vs Martina
Klarity vs Tilen Lotrič
Marko Škof vs Petra Ceglar
Parvani Violet vs Sara Peteršič
Saška vs Ljudmila Frelih
Alfirev vs Nuša Pliberšek
Marmoris vs Lana Hrvatin
In every of these duels, the public will determine through an online survey who will qualify for Friday’s round where the winner of the week will be selected. There will be two weekly winners, as the other will be selected by an expert panel.
Six artists will qualify for the finals of EMA Freš in the first three weeks. 12 acts or one of the “lucky losers” will follow the same system in the “happy losers” online competition in the next two weeks, where four more acts will be included in the final selection of EMA Freš.
10 finalists of EMA Freš will compete for a place in EMA 2020. One act chosen by the public, and one act chosen by a professional jury will become the first two finalists of EMA 2020. There they will join established acts, who have until the 18th of November to submit their songs through the online form in order to compete in Slovenia’s national selection.
Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl won EMA 2019 with “Sebi” and went on to represent Slovenia in Eurovision 2019. They finished in 15th place in Tel Aviv.