Tinkara Kovač wins EMA 2014

Tinkara Kovač wins EMA 2014
The winner of the national selection in Slovenia. Photo: TVSLO
Ljubljana, Slovenia -

Evrovizijska melodija (EMA) is a TV show, traditionally organized by the Slovenian national broadcaster – RTV SLO, where the best perfomers and songs take part competing for the role of representative at Eurovision Song Contest, every year. This year seven artists and bands were among the finalists, but there’s only one winner and it’s Tinkara Kovač.

As it was announced, there were seven great live performances, we could enjoy while wathing EMA 2014 live from Ljubljana tonight:

  1. Omar Naber I Won’t Give Up
  2. Nermin Puškar and Samuel Lucas Masquerade
  3. Bilbi To Ni Blues
  4. Nude Be Ok!
  5. Rudi Bučar and Elevators Tja
  6. Tinkara Kovač Spet / Round And Round
  7. Muff Let Me Be (Myself)

During the show, TV audience was reminded about some of the greatest Slovenian entries at Eurovision in the previous years and Ula Furlan (the host of the show) gave her best to make the atmosphere in the studio even more exciting. She used the moments between the performances to talk with all the contestants, but also with the members of the expert jury, even though they don’t have any influence on the outcome of the voting in Slovenia.

Except the competing songs, there was also an interval act, so those who were following EMA 2014 tonight, could enjoy the new song from Maja Keuc (Slovenian representative at Eurovision 2011) and hear her new single Close To You.

And then came the first most important moment of EMA 2014 - as the first round of voting ended. Ula Furlan announced the names of two superfinalists: TINKARA KOVAČ and MUFF. After we heard two potential entries once again, the second round of voting was open, but this time two new phone lines were open for five minutes only. Eventually, the second televoting was finally over and the winner of EMA 2014 was declared:

  1. TINKARA KOVAČ (7932 votes)
  2. MUFF (3450 votes)

About EMA 2014

At the beginning of February, the expert jury consisted of: Miša Molk (editor of EMA contest), Darja Švajger (professional musician and singer) and Andrea F. (radio music editor, musician and producer), announced the names of the contestants at EMA 2014, who we saw performing tonight, live from Ljubljana.

In the last few weeks, radio listeners and TV viewers in Slovenia could hear and enjoy all the competing songs and to find out much more about the artists and authors, through a lot of interviews. Nevertheless, in comparing to others national selections across Europe, TV audience in Slovenia has the full resposibility for the outcome, as there’s televoting only an no jury evaluation of the performances.

About the voting

There were two rounds of televoting during the Grand final in Slovenia. In the first round, viewers could give their support to some of the performers among seven finalists. They had ten minutes for calling some of the numbers shown on the screen or sending SMS messages.

Two contestants with the highest number of votes were considered as superfinalists and they took part in the second round of voting. This time TV viewers had only five minutes to vote.

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia participated 19 times, debuting in 1993. The best results were achieved by Darja Švajger (1995) and Nuša Derenda (2001). They both won seventh place.

For those who missed the Allocation Draw for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest held on 20th of January in Copenhagen – Slovenia will take part in second half of the Second Semi-Final, on Thursday, 8th of May.

If you missed the show, you can still watch EMA 2014 in our Web TV section.


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  • Posted on 15 March 2014 at 10:06
    i love this song...i'm addicted to this...this year top5 for slovenia report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2014 at 00:42
    Top ten I hope! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 13 March 2014 at 00:41
    In reality, the more I listen to the song (Spet) the more I like it!!
    Yes Slovenia is not properly a Balkanian country, excuse me.
    And I agree, the melody reminds me Only teardrops.

    You will have all our support (from Italy) this year, Slovenia! For sure final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2014 at 16:55
    @Luigi67 No it doesn't sound teh same at all. But the song is very similiar to last year's winner Only Teardrops and UK's Cheryl Cole - Parachute. Also your comment "So far Montenegro and Albania are the best from Balkans." kind of seem to imply that you think Slovenia is also a part of the Balkans. Which is not, of course. Not that there's anything wrong with that. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2014 at 14:41
    @Luigi67,
    "Spet/Round And Round" sounds nothing like “Same Heart”. Not forgetting that Tinkara is also a professional flute player. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2014 at 03:42
    So far Montenegro and Albania are the best from Balkans. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 March 2014 at 03:41
    Please listen carefully to this song....and then listen to the Israelian entry (same heart)...they are very similar!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 March 2014 at 16:57
    Sooooo happy Tinkara won and thought it was a bit childish of the preformers of MUFF to sing out loud, when Tinkara and her crew stood on the stage (after she/they won). Where´s the respect for the winning song? Go go Tinkara and I really hope you´ll fantastic in Denmark. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 March 2014 at 07:59
    Nice people on stage, very sympathic and why not this year a big yes to Slovenia ? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 20:30
    The song needs more of a build up and I would love to hear the flute more. Its okay though I guess. But SERIOUSLY needs a new, more exciting version if Slovenia is thinking about qualification... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 20:26
    Pretty good song - definitely a grower. Hope it makes it through to the final.
    Good luck Slovenia :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 20:15
    Cheap and super kitch styling.one more bad song report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 14:59
    There won't be Muff at ESC? That's a shame. Tinkara is ok. There's something about it I like; sensing that it will grow. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 13:23
    Not bad, not good.. just average.. Not sure if it will go into the final.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 March 2014 at 12:18
    We have made the right choice. Now I just hope we will be in the final, nothing more. report to the moderator