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Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 25 times since its debut in 1993. Since then, the country has missed only two contests, in 1994 and 2000.

Member stationRadiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO)
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances25 (15 finals)
First appearance1993
Best result7th: 1995, 2001
Worst resultLast: 2013 SF
External links
Slovenia's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Slovenia's best result in the contest is seventh place, both in 1995 with Darja Švajger and 2001 with Nuša Derenda. The country's only other top ten result being a tenth-place finish for Tanja Ribič in 1997. Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Slovenia has failed to reach the final on 10 occasions, and made it to the final in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.


Slovenia made its debut at the 1993 contest after coming first in the qualification round "Kvalifikacija za Millstreet", which was actually hosted in Slovenia itself, and competing in every year since, with the exceptions of 1994 and 2000, after poor results prevented Slovenia from competing.

Slovenia had previously been represented at the contest as Yugoslavia between 1961 and 1991. Four of the 27 entries were from Slovene artists.

Slovenia's best position at the contest is 7th place, which they have achieved twice: in 1995 and in 2001.

Since the introduction of the semi-final round in 2004, Slovenia has failed to reach the final on 10 occasions.

The Slovene national final to select their entry is EMA, broadcast, along with Eurovision, by Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTV SLO).


Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993 1X Band Slovene "Tih deževen dan" 22 9 1 54
1994 Did not participate No semi-finals
1995 Darja Švajger Slovene "Prisluhni mi" 7 84
1996 Regina Slovene "Dan najlepših sanj" 21 16 19 30
1997 Tanja Ribič Slovene "Zbudi se" 10 60 No semi-finals
1998 Vili Resnik Slovene "Naj bogovi slišijo" 18 17
1999 Darja Švajger English "For a Thousand Years" 11 50
2000 Did not participate
2001 Nuša Derenda English "Energy" 7 70
2002 Sestre Slovene "Samo ljubezen" 13 33
2003 Karmen Stavec English "Nanana" 23 7
2004 Platin English "Stay Forever" Failed to qualify 21 5
2005 Omar Naber Slovene "Stop" 12 69
2006 Anžej Dežan English "Mr Nobody" 16 49
2007 Alenka Gotar Slovene "Cvet z juga" 15 66 7 140
2008 Rebeka Dremelj Slovene "Vrag naj vzame" Failed to qualify 11 36
2009 Quartissimo feat. Martina Majerle English, Slovene "Love Symphony" 16 14
2010 Ansambel Žlindra and Kalamari Slovene "Narodnozabavni rock" 16 6
2011 Maja Keuc English "No One" 13 96 3 112
2012 Eva Boto Slovene "Verjamem" Failed to qualify 17 31
2013 Hannah Mancini English "Straight into Love" 16 8
2014 Tinkara Kovač English, Slovene "Round and Round" 25 9 10 52
2015 Maraaya English "Here for You" 14 39 5 92
2016 ManuElla English "Blue and Red" Failed to qualify 14 57
2017 Omar Naber English "On My Way" 17 36
2018 Lea Sirk Slovene "Hvala, ne!" 22 64 8 132
2019 Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl Slovene "Sebi" 15 105 6 167

NOTE: If a country had won the previous year, they did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. In addition from 2004–2007, the top ten countries who were not members of the big four did not have to compete in the semi-finals the following year. If, for example, Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the countries who placed 11th and 12th were advanced to the following year's grand final along with the rest of the top ten countries.

Voting historyEdit

As of 2019, Slovenia's voting history is as follows:


Kvalifikacija za MillstreetEdit

Year Location Venue Presenters
1993 Ljubljana RTV SLO Studio 1 Tajda Lekše



  • Petar Ugrin (1993 pre-selection) (musical director)
  • Jože Privšek (1993 final, 1995–1996)
  • Mojmir Sepe (1997–1998)

In 1998, Mojmir Sepe did not actually conduct any note despite taking the conductor's bow. All music came from a pre-recorded backing track.[1]


See alsoEdit