Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Country Slovenia
National selection
Selection processEMA 2004
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
11 January 2004
18 January 2004
25 January 2004
1 February 2004
Final:
15 February 2004
Selected entrantPlatin
Selected song"Stay forever"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (21st, 5 points)
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2003 2004 2005►

Slovenia was represented by Platin (Duo Platin) in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with the song "Stay Forever".

Platin is a Slovenian music duet consisting of Simon Platin and Diana Platin. They married in Turkey, while they were representing Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest 2004.

Before Eurovision[edit]

EMA 2004[edit]

EMA 2004 was the 9th edition of the Slovenian national final format Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA). The competition was used by RTV Slovenija to select Slovenia's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2004. The 2004 edition of EMA consisted of five shows: four semi-finals and a final. The competition was broadcast on TV Slovenija 1 and online via the broadcaster's website rtvslo.si.[1]

Format[edit]

Thirty-two songs competed in five televised shows consisting of four semi-finals on 11 January, 18 January, 25 January and 1 February 2004 and a final on 15 February 2004. Eight songs competed in each semi-final with a four-member expert jury and public televoting selecting four finalists out of the eight songs to proceed to the final. The televote selected the first three finalists and the jury selected the fourth finalist. The jury consisted of Jernej Vene (music editor for Radia Slovenija), Martin Žvelc (musician, composer and music producer), Branka Kraner (singer) and Alen Steržaj (musician).[2] In the final, the winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the 50/50 combination of points from a five-member expert jury and public televoting selected three finalists out of the sixteen competing songs to proceed to a superfinal. In the superfinal, public televoting exclusively determined the winner.

Competing entries[edit]

Artists and composers were able to submit their entries to the broadcaster between 5 October 2003 and 28 November 2003.[3] 83 entries were received by the broadcaster during the submission period. An expert committee consisting of Alen Steržaj, Martin Žvelc, Darja Švajger (singer, vocal coach and 1995 and 1999 Slovenian Eurovision entrant) and Armando Šturman (guitarist) selected thirty-two artists and songs for the competition from the received submissions.[2] The competing artists were announced on 11 December 2003. Among the competing artists was former Slovenian Eurovision contestant Regina who represented Slovenia in 1996.[4]

Artist Song Composer(s)
Aljoša Kovačič "Sanje" Milan Dekleva, Aljoša Kovačič
Alya "Fluid" Cvetka Omladič, Bor Zuljan
Ana Dežman "Ni bilo zaman" Milan Dekleva, Patrik Greblo
Chantal Hartmann "Here and There and Everywhere" Chantal Hartmann
Damijana Godnič "Moja moč" Jurko Starc, Igor Potočnik
Diona Dim "If You" Ana Soklič, Simona Franko, Bojan Simončič, Gašper Kačar
Jasmina Cafnik "Si tukaj al' te ni" Drago Mislej, Danilo Kocjančič
Johnny Bravo "Kar me ne ubije, me krepi" Leon Oblak
Kalamari "Boš prišla" Jože Jež
Katrinas "Živa" Štefan Miljevič, Katrinas, Rok Golob
Kristina Oberzan "Mavrica" Milan Krapež, Milan Ferlež, Aldorica Bronson
Maja Slatinšek "Slovo brez mej" Mojca Seliškar, Maja Slatinšek, Raay
Marijan Novina "Svet se vrti nazaj" Marijan Novina, Urša Mravlje Fajon
Mikola "Pot do sreče" Mikola
Mojca Brecelj "Brez mej" Mojca Brecelj
Monika Pučelj "Nič ne ustavi me" Anja Rupel, Aleš Klinar
Natalija Verboten "Cry on My Shoulder" Urša Vlašič, Matjaž Vlašič
November "No Reason to Cry" Maja Osrajnik-Mithans, Grega Samar
Number One "Lights Into My Eyes" Roland Makovec, Franko Reja, Branko Kumar
Panda feat. Trkaj "Tvoj svet" Suzana Jeklic, Trkaj, Andej Pompe
Platin "Stay Forever" Diana Lečnik, Simon Gomilšek
Polona "Kralj neba" Drago Mislej-Mef, Sašo Fajon
Pop Design "In ti greš" Tone Košmrlj, Zvone Hranjec
Prava stvar "Junak" Aleš Štefančič
Regina "Plave očij" Feri Lainšček, Aleksander Kogoj
Rebeka Dremelj "Ne boš se igral" Rebeka Dremelj, Frenk Nova
Rožmarinke "Kliše" Boris Benko
Tulio Furlanič "O, ženske, ženske" Damjana Kenda-Hussu, Marino Legovič
Victory "Kako naj vem" Karmen Stavec, Martin Štibernik
Yuhubanda "Če zdaj odideš sama" Urša Vlašič, Matjaž Vlašič
Ylenia Zobec "Tvoj glas" Damjana Kenda-Hussu, Marino Legovič
Žana & RnB Wannabes "Požar" Ropo & Hellga, Raay

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final of EMA 2004 took place on 11 January 2004 at the RTV Slovenija Studio 1 in Ljubljana, hosted by Peter Poles and Bernarda Žarn. Four entries proceeded to the final. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top three proceeded: "Stay Forever" performed by Platin, "Plave očij" performed by Regina and "If You" performed by Diona Dim. A jury panel selected an additional entry out of the remaining five to proceed: "O, ženske, ženske" performed by Tulio Furlanič.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Semi-final 1 – 11 January 2004
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Mojca Brecelj "Brez mej" 924 8 Eliminated
2 Aljoša Kovačič "Sanje" 941 7 Eliminated
3 Regina "Plave očij" 3,315 2 Finalist
4 Platin "Stay Forever" 6,824 1 Finalist
5 Johnny Bravo "Kar me ne ubije, me krepi" 1,689 6 Eliminated
6 Diona Dim "If You" 3,198 3 Finalist
7 Mikola "Pot do sreče" 1,888 5 Eliminated
8 Tulio Furlanič "O, ženske, ženske" 2,654 4 Finalist

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final of EMA 2004 took place on 18 January 2004 at the RTV Slovenija Studio 1 in Ljubljana, hosted by Peter Poles and Bernarda Žarn. Four entries proceeded to the final. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top three proceeded: "Cry On My Shoulder" performed by Natalija Verboten, "Nič ne ustavi me" performed by Monika Pučelj and "Če zdaj odideš sama" performed by Yuhubanda. A jury panel selected an additional entry out of the remaining five to proceed: "Svet se vrti nazaj" performed by Marijan Novina.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Semi-final 2 – 18 January 2004
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Monika Pučelj "Nič ne ustavi me" 2,953 2 Finalist
2 Natalija Verboten "Cry On My Shoulder" 11,694 1 Finalist
3 Jasmina Cafnik "Si tukaj al' te ni" 588 8 Eliminated
4 Chantal Hartmann "Here and There and Everywhere" 1,655 4 Eliminated
5 Marijan Novina "Svet se vrti nazaj" 1,206 7 Finalist
6 Yuhubanda "Če zdaj odideš sama" 2,478 3 Finalist
7 Ana Dežman "Ni bilo zaman" 1,386 6 Eliminated
8 Kalamari "Boš prišla" 1,649 5 Eliminated

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third semi-final of EMA 2004 took place on 25 January 2004 at the RTV Slovenija Studio 1 in Ljubljana, hosted by Peter Poles and Bernarda Žarn. Four entries proceeded to the final. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top three proceeded: "Moja moč" performed by Damijana Godnič, "Fluid" performed by Alya and "Kralj neba" performed by Polona. A jury panel selected an additional entry out of the remaining five to proceed: "Junak" performed by Prava stvar.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Semi-final 3 – 25 January 2004
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 Panda feat. Trkaj "Tvoj svet" 1,633 6 Eliminated
2 Polona "Kralj neba" 2,580 3 Finalist
3 Prava stvar "Junak" 1,779 5 Finalist
4 Number one "Lights Into My Eyes" 1,049 7 Eliminated
5 Victory "Kako naj vem" 1,027 8 Eliminated
6 Alya "Fluid" 3,091 2 Finalist
7 Kristina Oberzan "Mavrica" 1,904 4 Eliminated
8 Damijana Godnič "Moja moč" 3,217 1 Finalist

Semi-final 4[edit]

The fourth semi-final of EMA 2004 took place on 1 February 2004 at the RTV Slovenija Studio 1 in Ljubljana, hosted by Peter Poles and Bernarda Žarn. Four entries proceeded to the final. The eight competing entries first faced a public vote where the top three proceeded: "Ne boš se igral" performed by Rebeka Dremelj, "Slovo brez mej" performed by Maja Slatinšek and "Kliše" performed by Rožmarinke. A jury panel selected an additional entry out of the remaining five to proceed: "Tvoj glas" performed by Ylenia Zobec.

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Semi-final 4 – 1 February 2004
Draw Artist Song Televote Place Result
1 November "No Reason to Cry" 1,345 5 Eliminated
2 Rebeka Dremelj "Ne boš se igral" 4,244 1 Finalist
3 Ylenia Zobec "Tvoj glas" 1,493 4 Finalist
4 Maja Slatinšek "Slovo brez mej" 3,962 2 Finalist
5 Rožmarinke "Kliše" 2,264 3 Finalist
6 Pop design "In ti greš" 1,097 8 Eliminated
7 Žana & RnB Wannabes "Požar" 1,322 6 Eliminated
8 Katrinas "Živa" 1,195 7 Eliminated

Final[edit]

The final of EMA 2004 took place on 15 February 2004 at the Gospodarsko razstavišče in Ljubljana, hosted by Miša Molk while Peter Poles and Bernarda Žarn hosted segments from the green room. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, 2003 Slovenian Eurovision entrant Karmen Stavec performed as a guest. The winner was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the combination of points from a five-member jury panel and a public vote three entries to proceed to the second round: "Fluid" performed by Alya, "Kliše" performed by Rožmarinke and "Stay Forever" performed by Platin. The jury consisted of Daniela Tami (Head of the Swiss delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest), Karolina Gočeva (singer and 2002 Macedonian Eurovision entrant), Manuel Ortega (singer and 2002 Austrian Eurovision entrant), Drago Ivanuša (composer and musician) and Lara Baruca (singer). In the second round, a public vote selected "Stay Forever" performed by Platin as the winner.

Final – 15 February 2004
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Yuhubanda "Če zdaj odideš sama" 0 2,557 4 4 11
2 Rebeka Dremelj "Ne boš se igral" 0 3,698 5 5 10
3 Polona "Kralj neba" 3 2,220 0 3 12
4 Natalija Verboten "Cry On My Shoulder" 0 17,754 12 12 4
5 Monika Pučelj "Nič ne ustavi me" 8 2,506 3 11 5
6 Alya "Fluid" 4 4,436 8 12 3
7 Ylenia Zobec "Tvoj glas" 7 1,437 0 7 7
8 Prava stvar "Junak" 0 1,292 0 0 14
9 Rožmarinke "Kliše" 12 4,080 6 18 2
10 Regina "Plave očij" 1 2,446 2 3 13
11 Tulio Furlanič "O, ženske, ženske" 6 1,556 0 6 8
12 Diona Dim "If you" 5 2,238 1 6 9
13 Maja Slatinšek "Slovo brez mej" 2 4,263 7 9 6
14 Platin "Stay Forever" 10 11,046 10 20 1
15 Marijan Novina "Svet se vrti nazaj" 0 1,595 0 0 14
16 Damijana Godnič "Moja moč" 0 1,512 0 0 14
Superfinal – 15 February 2004
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Alya "Fluid" 19,048 (26.4%) 3
2 Rožmarinke "Kliše" 21,805 (30.2%) 2
3 Platin "Stay Forever" 31,279 (43.4%) 1

Controversy[edit]

Like in many previous editions of EMA, the public televote and the jury awarded conflicting scores. This caused some controversy, because the strongest televote favorite Natalija Verboten, received 0 points from the jury. Similarly, Bepop in 2003, Karmen Stavec in 2002, and Tinkara Kovač in 1999 were also televote favorites. These entries usually came 2nd, or failed to qualify for the semifinals, because the points awarded by the jury outweighed the points they received from the televotes. The controversy resulted in the 2005 EMA scores basing solely on the results of the televote.

At Eurovision[edit]

For the Eurovision Song Contest 2004, a semi-final round was introduced in order to accommodate the influx of nations that wanted to compete in the contest. Because Slovenia placed 23rd at the 2003 contest, country was forced to compete in the first Eurovision semi-final, held on 12 May 2004. They performed 16th, following Macedonia and preceding the Estonia It finished on second last 21st place with only 5 points, failing to qualify to the Grand Final. Therefore, Slovenia will have to compete in the semi-final again in ESC 2005.

Points awarded by Slovenia[edit]

Points awarded to Slovenia[edit]

Points awarded to Slovenia (semi-final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Slovenia chooses Eurovision entry tonight". Esctoday. 15 February 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Maatko, Alesh (27 February 2015). "To so komisije, ki so krojile usodo na EMI zadnjih petnajst let". najdi.si (in Slovenian). Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  3. ^ Bakker, Sietse (5 October 2003). "Details announced about Slovene national selection". Esctoday. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  4. ^ Bakker, Sietse (11 December 2003). "Slovenia: songs for EMA 2004 selected". Esctoday. Retrieved 17 February 2021.