Will we see Slovakia back at the Eurovision Song Contest?
The future is much brighter than before!
Based on a report, made by the Slovak website aktuality, we can see a wind of change.
Ľuboš Machaj, the General Director of RTS Slovakia gave an interview, where he spoke about the national broadcaster’s vision for Eurovision.
According to him, the main considerations are having approval for the required finance support, as well as planning for participations:
Slovakia is indeed one of the few countries that does not broadcast Eurovision.
The main milestones are achieving the required budget, as well as the preparations for participation.
If everything goes right, we will probably put our efforts in returning to Eurovision by 2025.
So far, we have already some suggestions for entries.
Regarding covering the participation financially, it is possible that sponsors will be part of the deal (similarly to what Bulgaria has done at Eurovision 2020-2022).
The matinal broadcaster has also to decide on the mechanism to select an artist and an entry.
Slovakia in Eurovision
In 2009-2010, RTS Slovakia organized a national selection to select an entry, while in the 2 recent participations (2011-2012), the artists have been selected internally.
Slovakia first entered the contest in 1994, where Martin Ďurinda and Tublatanka performed “Nekonečná pieseň” (Eng: The Endless Song).
Slovakia participated in the contest 7 times, with a total of 3 final participations in 1994, 1996,1998.
In fact, the country hasn’t qualified for the final, since the launching of semi-finals.
The 2 last participations were made through songs in English, while all of the rest were performed in Slovak
The last Slovak participation to date was in 2012, when Max Jason Mai performed the rock song “Don’t Close Your Eyes“:
To make Slovakia’s Eurovision 2024 participation happen, the national broadcaster has to apply and submit an official request to the EBU.
The deadline for confirming participating in the 15th of September 2023.
However, broadcasters are allowed to withdraw their participation without any penalty by the 11th of October 2023.
The EBU usually release the list of participating countries towards the end of October.
Would you like to see Slovakia at Eurovision 2024?
Eurovision 2024 will be held in Malmö, Sweden.
The semi-final will be held on the 7th and 9th of May 2024, and the grand final will be held on the 11h of May 2024
So far, the following countries have confirmed participation in Eurovision 2024: Sweden, Norway, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Israel, Moldova, Estonia, Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Serbia, Switzerland, the UK, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Ukraine, Portugal, San Marino, Belgium, and Albania.