Meet the EMA 2015 competitors!
February 28 will see the selection of the Slovenian entry from eight acts, five of which are new to the contest.
Here is an introduction to each of the acts!
Alya will be performing a duet with Neno Belan at this year’s EMA. Alya has competed in EMA 5 times since 2003 and her most successful attempt was in 2004 with the track ‘Fluid’ which came third place. She returns to the contest this year after a 6 year break, last competing in 2009 alongside Rudi Bučar. Neno has previously tried to win the Eurovision ticket for Croatia in 1994 with the song “Mama” but came 14th in the national final.
Clemens (Klemen Mramor) will be competing for the first time at EMA this year and said, “We prepared a song which is light and fun. Those of us who took part in the making of the song love it so much that we can’t stop listening to it. We hope for a similar reaction from our listeners.”
I.C.E. are also making their EMA debut this year and have described their song as “Striking. Funky. Passionate.” The band was assembled in 2005 when the lead singer, Renata, sought a band for backing and they released their first single, “Na Liniji”, in 2008.
Jana Šušteršičh rose to fame in Slovenia as the winner of Slovenija Ima Talent (Slovenia’s Got Talent) in 2014 and is competing in EMA for the first time. Jana is very enthusiastic about the song and has said, “I’m so excited about the possibilities this song gives to my voice and energy. I feel and believe that the people with which I’m collaborating with honestly and completely sense my energy and sensibility. I’ve had that feeling from the very first moment. I can’t wait to share all that with the audience.”
Maraaya is a husband and wife duo (Raay and Marjetka Vovk) who competed in EMA in 2008 with Turbo Angels and again in 2010 with The Tangels. They said of the song, “The song which we will perform at the Ema is a mixture of indie pop with elements of soul. It might even have elements of neo-soul. And of course a catchy tune. The lyrics are written by Charlie Mason, who was also the co-author of the song ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’, with which Conchita Wurst won the Eurovision Song Contest last year in Copenhagen.”
Martina Majerle is an EMA veteran having taken part in the contest 7 times before! She has mostly taken part as a backing singer but has taken the lead on two occasions; one of these being at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Quartissimo and the song “Love Symphony”. She said of her 2015 entry, “The song has a slow rhythm which is backed with a powerful melody. It enables the voice to shine at its fullest. The lyrics are fitting for a female and revolve around a typical everyday story, which we hope people will identify with”.
Rudi Bučhar is returning to EMA this year after previously competing with Alya in 2009 and with Elevators in 2014. Bučhar described his song as “a song with Istrian folk lyrics. The melody is also like that. The song combines hints of Istria and the Balkans”.
Tim Kores-Kori is known in Slovenia for coming third in Slovenian X Factor (2012) as part of the band In&Out. Reminiscing about the news of his selection he said, “For the first couple of seconds I couldn’t believe it, and then it came to me: ‘I’m actually among the chosen ones!’ From that moment on, all I do is breathe, sing and move for the 28th of February”.
These eight acts will battle it out for the ticket to Vienna on the EMA stage where two acts will be put forward to the “superfinal” by a jury vote. From here, the public vote will decide which of the acts represents the nation at the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.