Slovenia: EMA will return in 2023

October 17, 2022


Some weeks after Slovenia’s Eurovision 2023 participation was confirmed, the Head of Entertainment Program at RTV Slovenija, Vanja Vardjan, announced that the broadcaster will chose it’s 2023 representative through their national selection, EMA.

Sašo Hribar, a RTVSLO Councillor, declared that Slovenia “should not participate in Eurovision for several years, because no-one takes responsibility for poor rankings year after year.”

As an answer to this, Vanja gave some details about the costs of a participation in Eurovision for Slovenia, in an interview for novice.svet24:

“The total costs are 208,000 euros, of which a little more that 89,000 euros are spent for EMA, and a little less that 119,000 euros for the performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.”

As with other delegations, the money serves to cover production of the national selection and the performance in the contest, that is to say hotels, travel costs, and all costs related to the performance itself. You also have to count the participation fee. 

Yet Vanja Vardjan also pointed out that the Slovenian participation is among one of the lowest every year. 

For Vanja, the contest is comparable with the World Cup and European Football Championships in terms of exposure offered to Slovenia. It’s a beautiful show, not only for RTVSLO, but also for the Slovenian music industry.

He also confirmed that Slovenia doesn’t participate in Junior Eurovision because it’s “attended by two thirds fewer than the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia’s first participation was in 1993. Before then, the country was participating as Yugoslavia. Slovenia has come last two times – in 2013 and 2022, but never won. LPS was the last representative with their song “Disko”.

Are you excited for EMA 2023? Which Slovenian singers would you like to see participating? Let us know in the comments below!

One Response

  1. Amid the generally negative result for Slovenia, I admire the optimism to still participate. I also love their entries in 2014 until 2022. They got it right with 2018 and 2019. Looking forward to their participation!

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