Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest
|National selection events||Internal selection (1994, 1996, 2011–2012)
Bratislavská lýra (1998)
|Appearances||7 (3 finals)|
|Best result||18th: 1996|
|Worst result||Last: 2012 SF|
|Slovakia's page at Eurovision.tv|
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 thirteen years later, in 2009.
History of Slovakia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovakia had planned on entering the contest at the 1993 contest, but with the introduction of many new countries, a preliminary round was held to trim down the number of new entries. Kvalifikacija za Millstreet featured seven countries competing for only three places in the final. Slovakia came fourth in the contest, represented by Elán with "Amnestia na neveru", and therefore had to wait another year before entering again.
Slovakia's Eurovision entries in the 1990s weren't very successful, finishing 19th (1994), 18th (1996) and 21st (1998). After the 1998 contest, STV decided not to enter again for a number of years.
From 1994 to 1998, STV used an internal selection to select the Slovak entry for the contest. In 2009, Slovakia organised a televised national final for the first time. A number of heats preceded a grand final, held on March 8, 2009 and Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková were chosen with their song "Leť tmou". They finished on 18th place out of 19 in semi-final.
Slovakia tried again in 2010 contest with "Horehronie" by Kristina with similar result (16th out of 17 places in the Semi Final), despite being the fan and Bookmakers favourite.
Though STV originally stated that Slovakia would not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, it eventually did appear in Düsseldorf. On 18 February 2011, STV revealed their choice for Slovakia's Eurovision 2011 entry. The song was "I'm Still Alive" and was performed by twin sisters Daniela and Veronika Nízlová better known as the pop duo TWiiNS. Daniela and Veronika Nízlová had some experience at Eurovision before as backing singers and dancers for Tereza Kerndlová, the Czech entry in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest. The 2011 entry was the first Slovakian entry performed in English. TWiiNS eventually finished 13th in their Semi Final, which meant they did not qualify for the Grand Final. However, they provided the best result for their country in many years.
STV sent an artist once again to the Contest in 2012, with a song that was selected internally by STV. 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.
|1993||Elán||Slovak||"Amnestia na neveru"||N/A||N/A||4||50|
|1996||Marcel Palonder||Slovak||"Kým nás máš"||18||19||17||36|
|2009||Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková||Slovak||"Leť tmou"||X||X||18||8|
|2011||TWiiNS||English||"I'm Still Alive"||X||X||13||48|
|2012||Max Jason Mai||English||"Don't Close Your Eyes"||X||X||18||22|
Note: Slovakia unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 1993, when there was a pre-qualifying round for seven countries hoping to make their debut in the contest. The official Eurovision site does not count 1993 in Slovakia's list of appearances.
- XX on Semi Finals denotes auto-qualification. This could be due to two reasons. If a country won the previous year, they did not have to compete in Semi Finals, or back in the early 2005-2007 era, countries who done well did not have to compete in Semi Finals the following year. The top ten non-Big four along with the Big four countries automatically qualified, for example, if Germany and France placed inside the top 10, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with everyone within the top 10.
- XX on Finals denotes an unsuccessful attempt to qualify to the final.
As of 2012, Slovakia's voting history is as follows:
- Stella, Floras (2008-10-22). "Slovakia: Televoting to select national winner". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- Stella, Floras (2008-11-20). "Slovakia: National final on 8 March". ESCToday. Retrieved 2008-12-01.
- "43 nations on 2011 participants list!". European Broadcasting Union. 2010-12-31. Retrieved 2010-12-31.
- Points to and from Slovakia eurovisioncovers.co.uk