Slovakia are unsure on whether they will return to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
Slovakian broadcaster RTVS have confirmed that they are undecided on whether they will participate in the next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. It has been reported that the PR Manager Juraj Kadáš has confirmed that a decision has not yet been made. RTVS also has a new director, Jaroslav Reznik, who could lead the way in a possible Slovakian return.
Slovakia last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2012, where it was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Max Jason Mai ended up last in the semi-final with his song “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, and the country hasn’t participated since. It’s worth noting that RTVS has stated the reason for their withdrawal was due to the cost associated with participation, and not due to their poor results in previous contests. Since 2012, Slovakia have participated in Eurovision Young Dancers 2015, with RTVS explaining that “the return of Slovakia to Eurovision Young Dancers supported domestic production and promoted national culture at a European level”. Before that, Slovakia had only taken part in EYD once in 1997, before taking a break of almost 20 years.
Since their debut in 1994, Slovakia have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest a total of seven times. Slovakia’s best result was in 1996, where Marcel Palonder finished 18th with the song “Kým nás máš”. The country has a history of withdrawing and returning to the contest, after not participating in 1995, 1997, between 1999 and 2008, and from 2013 onwards. Their 2011 entry was the first Slovak entry to be entirely in English, where TWiiNS performed “I’m Still Alive”, placing 13th in the semi final. Although it failed to qualify, their 2010 entry “Horehronie” by Kristina is one of the most viewed videos on the official Eurovision YouTube channel every month.