Slovakia: RTVS has no intention of returning at Eurovision in 2022

Slovakia: RTVS has no intention of returning at Eurovision in 2022
Sunday, 20 June 2021

  • The Slovakian national broadcaster, RTVS, will not return to Eurovision in the 2022 edition of the contest in Italy.

    RTVS has ruled out to a 2021 return at the Eurovision Song Contest marking the country's 8th successive year of absense in the competition. The landlocked country follows the same path as Andorra and Luxembourg staying out of Eurovision. 

    Budget issues and low audience figures have kept the broadcaster away from competing in the contest. In addition the broadcaster's spokesperson confirmed to that the country will not debut in Junior Eurovision 2021. 


    Slovakia in Eurovision

    Back in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 the country competed in the special preliminary semifinal in Slovenia, but failed to qualify and participate . It was right next year with  Martin Durinda and Tublatanka when the country made its debut in Dublin. Since then the country has participated 8 times and hasn’t much to show when it comes to results, as its best placing was at the 1996 edition in Oslo with Marcel Palonder and his song and his 18th placing. Because of its poor results, Slovakia was relegated in 1995 and 1997, and eventually withdrew in 1999. The country returned in 2009, although they withdrew again within 4 years, having failed to qualify for the final every year since their return. 

    It was Max Jason Mai  and his song  Don’t close your eyes  at ESC 2012 in Baku that represented Slovakia for the county’s last appearance.

    Slovakia is one of the three countries (along with Andorra and Monaco) to have failed to qualify from every semi-final they participated (though the latter has participated in finals prior to the introduction of the semi-finals). Although it failed to qualify, their 2010 entry “Horehronie” by Kristina it has achieved a significant number of views on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

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