Earlier this month, the complete line- up for EMA 2009, the Slovenian national selection to decide the country's representative in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Moscow, has been revealed by national broadcaster RTVSLO. However, only the song titles of the 14 semi finalists were known at that point. Now, the song titles of the remaining six acts, those who are automatically qualified for the final have been made public as well.
Those are the six acts invited by RTVSLO and already qualified for the final (songwriters in brackets):
Omar Naber- I still carry on (Omar Naber – Omar Naber – Omar Naber / Miha Gorse / Rok Golob)
Eva Cerne – Vse (Everything)(Bostjan Grabnar – Damjana Kenda Hussu – Bostjan Grabnar)
Alya in Rudi Bucar – Zadnji dan (The last day)(Jan Plestenjak – Jan Plestenjak – Jan Plestenjak)
Langa & Manca Spik – Zaigraj muzikant (Play, musician)(Matjaz Vlasic – Ursa Vlasic – Matjaz Vlasic / Bostjan Grabnar)
Samuel Lucas – Vse bi zate dal (I would give everything for you)(Ales Klinar – Anja Rupel – Ales Klinar / Franci Zabukovec)
Cuki- Mal 'Naprej pa mal' nazaj (Little to the front and little to the back)(Joze Potrebujes- Joze Potrebujes – Joze Potrebujes / Marino Marcela)
The invited songwriters are those who achieved remarkable success on EMA in recent years and celebrated some hits in the Slovenian charts.
Omar Naber already represented Slovenia in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine with Stop, a rock-ballad written by himself. If he manages to win EMA 2009 with another self-written song, he will be the second artist to have represented Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions, the first one being Darja Svajger, who came 7th in 1995 (Slovenia's best result so far alongside with Nusa Derenda's 7th place in 2001) and 11th in 1999.
Another familar face is Eva Cerne, who will be competing with a song written by Bostjan Grabnar. As well as Omar Naber, Eva is a former winner of the Slovenian Idol-show Bitka Talentov (The Battle of Talents) and was runner-up in EMA 2007 with the song Cudezi smehljaja. Furthermore, Eva reached 5th place in EMA 2008 with Dovolj.
Two other artists from EMA 2008 are competing together this time: last year's runner-up, Skupina Langa in Civili, are collaborating with Manca Spik, who reached 9th place in last year's final with the song Še vedno nekaj Äï¿½utim.
Alya is another experienced performer on EMA. In 2007 she took 12th place with Vizija, 5th place in 2005 Exxtra, 3rd in 2004Fluid and 13th in 2003Exploziv.
The semi final will be held on January 31st and the final will be held on February 1st, 2009 in Ljubljana.
Out of the 14 semi finalists, 8 will qualify to the final where the will join the sixalreadyqualifiedfinalists in the tough battlefor the Slovenian ticket to Moscow.
Complete list of the 14 semi finalists here .
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