Slovak national broadcaster, RTVS, have revealed that it is “unlikely” that Slovakia will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021. They last took part in the contest in 2012, after failing to qualify for the final for four consecutive years.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster did not completely rule out their participation, but noted that a return would be unlikely. The 2021 contest is due to be held in Rotterdam, with the final taking place on 22nd May.
Another year without Slovakia?
Czech Eurovision website, Eurocontest.cz, reached out RTVS to ask whether a decision had been made on Slovakia’s participation in next year’s contest. Head of International Co-operation, Slavomíra Kubíčková, did not clearly say ‘no’ to a return next year, but her response did point to another non-participation for the country.
The nation were not due to take part in the cancelled 2020 contest either, and in June 2019, they became the second country to confirm their non-participation in the contest, citing an “inadequate” interest from Slovak viewers.
Slovakia at the Eurovision Song Contest
One of only three countries not to have reached a final in the semi-final era of the contest, Slovakia first took part in the contest in 1994 after failing to qualify from the pre-qualifying round the year before. Their best result to date came in 1996, when they finished in 18th place with Marcel Palonder’s “Kým nás máš”. Slovakia did not take part between 1999 and 2008, but returned to the contest in 2009.
During their four-year return in the semi-final era, they never reached a final, peaking at 13th place in the semi-final in 2011. The duo TWiiNS racked up 48 points with their song “I’m Still Alive”. Despite not making the final, Kristina’s “Horehronie” has become a major fan favourite in the years after the contest and is still one of the most watched entries on YouTube with over 17 million views.
Slovakia last took part in the contest in 2012, where they finished last in the semi-final.
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