EMA, the Slovenian selection for the Eurovision song contest this year trusts on teenager power. While some ex-Yogoslavian neighbours trust in big local names to get to the final (Nina Badrić, Željko Jokšimović, Kaliopi), the 18th edition (started in 1993, but in 1994 and in 2000 it was skipped) of Ema will see on stage, for the first time, only young and debutant artists who won Misija Evrovizija, the talent show held by RTV Slovenija in the last months. After many qualifying rounds, the hopes of Slovenia are in the hands of three 16-year-olds girls: Eva Boto and the twins Nika and Eva Prusnik. Choosing to bet on newcomers, RTV had to find reliability on the songs, so the six titles (amongst 52) that we will heard come out from renowned pens.
This should be the order:
1. Eva Boto - A si sanjal me (Matjaž Vlašič, Urša Vlašič, “father and mother” of Energy, Mr. Nobody, No One, and many other famous Slovenian songs)
2. Nika & Eva Prusnik - Konichiwa (Bilbi, Gregor Stermečki, Teodor Amanovič-Tos; Bilbi is a successful composer and singer, Hvala za vijolice and Kaj pa ti were two big hits of her in 2010-2011)
3. Eva Boto - Verjamem (Vladimir Graić, Igor Pirković; Graić composed the music of the Eurovision winner Molitva in 2007 for Serbia)
4. Nika & Eva Prusnik - Love hurts (Chiron Morpheus, a famous visual artist)
5. Eva Boto - Run (Christina Schilling, Camilla Gottschlack, Henrik Szabo, Daniel Nillson, Gaber Radojevič, Soren Bundgaard; it’s the team behind Someday of Hera Björk and Et Cetera of Sinéad Mulvey)
6. Nika & Eva Prusnik - Malo sreče (Magnifico , Barbara Pešut; Magnifico is a very famous and original singer, Pešut wrote Samo ljubezen of trio Sestre)
At the first taste of the preview, the songs of Eva Boto (in first place Verjamem) could have more chances, but Prusnik sisters are funny and strong on stage, but the star of the night will probably be, once more, the host Klemen Slakonja. We’ll see… Will someone be able to repeat the great result of Maja Keuc, or… No One?
A special thank you , or grazie, to Marco Mosca, an expert in Slovenian affairs, for this post.