SLOVAKIA – What NTU’s Director General was brought as hope through a Twitter statement, ended (with a no happy ending) today. Slovakia will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest despite the NTU message saying that there is no negative information from Slovakia.
Czech Head of Delegation, Jan Forst Bors, recently stated to the Slovak press: “Take a look at it and see that it’s really big and prestigious thing, which is worth participating in. Come see for yourself. Of course it makes no sense to advise someone, and therefore I say this solely from the position of a fan of the competition. Slovakia has an amazing musical tradition. You have so many perfect musicians and if the conditions will allow, go into it”.
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Slovakia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest seven times, debuting in 1994. It had attempted to debut in 1993, but did not pass through the qualifying round. In the first three finals that Slovakia participated in, it placed no better than 18th, which it achieved in 1996. Because of its poor results, it was forced to miss a year after each contest and then the country opted not to return for a number of years. It did eventually return to the Contest eleven years later, in 2009. RTVS sent an artist once again to the Contest in 2012, with a song that was selected internally by RTVS. At a press conference on 7 March 2012, the Slovakian entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest was announced: Max Jason Mai with a song called “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. He performed in the second semi final, that was held on Thursday, May 24, 2012. The song did not qualify in the finals. It was later revealed that the song finished in last place with 22 points. On 4 December 2012, RTVS announced its withdrawal from Eurovision Song Contest 2013, and on 9 September 2013 it announced that it wouldn’t return at Eurovision Song Contest 2014. It had also been announced that Slovakia would not return at Eurovision Song Contest 2015, citing financial constraints and an incompatibility between the contest and the programming goals of RTVS. However RTVS returned to the Eurovision Young Dancers in 2015, with RTVS explaining that the return of Slovakia to EYD supported domestic production and promoted national culture at a European level. RTVS announced on 28 September 2015 that Slovakia would not participate in the 2016 contest. RTVS’ PR manager, Juraj Kadáš, explained on 12 April 2016 that Slovakia’s absence from the contest since 2012 was not due to poor results, but rather the cost associated with participation. On 24 October 2016, RTVS confirmed that they would not return to the contest in 2017.