13th, 33 points
| EMA 2002|
15 February 2002
16 February 2002|
Slovenia competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002, represented by Sestre with "Samo ljubezen" (Only love). The song was the winner of the Slovene national final, EMA 2002.
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 Wikipedia
The Slovene national broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija (RTVSLO) hela a national final to select the Slovene entry for Eurovision. EMA 2002 was held in February 2002. 18 songs competed in the semi-final of the contest, where 10 songs qualified to the final.
The semi-final of EMA 2002 was held on 15 February 2002 at the RTVSLO TV Studios in Ljubljana, hosted by Nuša Derenda, Darja Švajger and Andrea F. 18 songs competed for ten places in the final. The ten qualifiers were selected from the top 5 songs in a public televote and 5 jury wildcards.
The final of EMA 2002 was held on 16 February 2002 at the RTVSLO TV Studios in Ljubljana, hosted by Miša Molk and Andrea F. The ten semi-final qualifiers competed again, with the final winner being decided through televoting, an expert jury and an RTVSLO jury, all with equal weighing. Unlike the semi-final, the final on February 16 was decided by two juries as well as a public telephone vote. The juries put Sestre ahead of Stavec by one point before a five-minute hiatus for the results of the televote to be collated. As five minutes stretched into twenty, the green room began to divide into two camps, half the performers shouting for Stavec and the rest for Sestre. Although the eventual televoting result gave Stavec 31,944 votes and Sestre only 8,454, the votes from the juries were sufficient to send Sestre to Eurovision in Tallinn.
At Eurovision Sestre performed "Samo ljubezen" 22nd in the running order, following Romania and preceding Latvia. The Slovene votes were calculated through a public televote held after all songs had performed.
At the close of the voting, Slovenia placed 13th in a field of 24, having received 33 points. Croatia's Vesna Pisarović with "Everything I Want" was the most voted song by the Slovene public, gaining their 12 points. Malta and the United Kingdom received Slovenia's 10 and 8 points respectively, while eventual winner Latvia received only 5 points.