Slovakia - Sad news today that another country has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with the Slovakian broadcaster RTVS confirming they will not participate next year. This comes after the withdrawal of Portugal, the non-return of Poland, and rumours that both Cyprus and Greece may not enter due to financial problems in the Eurozone. Malmö 2013 could have the lowest number of participants for some years.
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Slovakia – The German Eurovision blog Eurofire reports that the general director of the Slovak national broadcaster, Vaclav Mika, went on record saying that his channel is still interested in participating in the Eurovision Song Contest. This comes as a small surprise as most observers thought Slovakia was likely to withdraw next year. (more…)
Slovakia – A new video for ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes‘ has been issued for Slovakia’s entry by Max Jason Mai. Max, a former Idols winner in his country, will represent Slovakia in the 2nd semifinal on May 24th in Baku with the only clear rock song in this year’s contest. The new version of the video can be watched here.
Slovakia – The official video for Max Jason Mai‘s song ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes‘ has been released. You can watch the video below. Max Jason Mai, also previously known as Miro Smajda, is a 23-year old singer who came second in the Czechoslovak Idol in 2009. It is one of the few rock songs in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. (more…)
Slovakia – Ending weeks of speculation, national broadcaster RTVS today confirmed that Max Jason Mai will represent Slovakia with the song “Don’t Close Your Eyes“. Also known as Miro Šmajda, Max Jason Mai (his real name) is well known in Slovakia as he was the runner-up of Czechoslovakian Idol in 2009. He has written the song himself and is a rock singer. Listen to his entry. (more…)
Slovakia – Breaking news via Escportal.cz is that Slovakia have postponed their press conference scheduled for March 1st. They were to announce their internally selected representative at this event. It is now not known when the announcement will be made, or why it has been postponed. Miro Šmajda, Thomas Puskailer, and Barbora Balúchová were all rumoured to be in negotiations with RTVS to represent Slovakia in Eurovision.
Slovakia – According to the Slovak newspaper Nový Cas, RTVs, the Slovak national broadcaster, was negotiating with two artists concerning the Eurovision participation in 2012. Months ago, Miro Šmajda was confirmed as the representative of Slovakia, but soon after the singer denied that he had been chosen. Apparently, he did not agree to the terms of the contract and is thus no longer an option for the management of the channel. (more…)
Slovakia – Today the Slovakian national broadcaster STV has confirmed to esctoday.com that the Central European country will send an entry to Baku. Some weeks ago an official statement had suggested that the young rock/pop singer Miro Šmajda had been selected internally to represent Slovakia. The statement was later denied by Smajda’s management. Now STV confirm that they are currently thinking about various (more…)
Slovakia – Don not trust anything SVT tells you, even in official press releases. That seems to be the lesson the Slovak national broadcaster wants to teach us today. The already confirmed participation of Miro Šmajda in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is now in question again. SVT’s press release has disappeared and Šmajda’s management has called it a “misunderstanding”.
Miro Šmajda’s participation is not ruled out, but many details of the contract still have to be (more…)
Slovakia – This hopefully puts an end to all the speculation about the Slovak participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2012: The Slovak news site mediálne.sk reports today that RTVS has decided to enter the contest. Furthermore an artist has already been selected: The young rock/pop singer Miro Šmajda was selected internally to represent the Central European nation. He will perform in for Slovakia with his band under the name “my.Ro” (more…)
Slovakia – The chaos concerning the Slovak Eurovision participation we had to endure last year continues this year as well. There were already confirmations of a Slovak participation and a Slovak withdrawal from sources inside the national broadcaster RSTV. Today the director of the channel told the Czech Eurovision website eurocontest.cz, that the broadcasters officials will decide on the participation in Europe’s biggest music competition by the end of November and (more…)
Slovakia - The Slovak representatives at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest TWiiNS, have released the official preview video for their song “I’m Still Alive”. Apart from the sisters , we can also see clips from important events in recent Slovak history, such as soccer wins, natural catastrophes and demonstrations for democracy. “TWiiNS” are the twin (who would’ve guessed) sisters Daniela and Veronika Nízlovy who were born in 1986 in Hronský Beňadik. (more…)
Eurovision recap – We are entering the last week of the national final season 2011 and a few countries still have to reveal their entries. In this 27th edition of Eurovision recap you can find a performance of the Slovak entry, the running order of Melodifestivalen and Alexander Rybak criticising the latter, more information about San Marino’s entry and a possible disqualification of a 2011 entry. (more…)
Slovakia – The full version of the Slovak entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 has just been released on the official YouTube channel of the duo TWiiNS that will represent Slovakia this year. The song was written by Bryan Todd,Brano Janci and Sandra Nordstrom and will be performed live for the first time tomorrow during the “Miss Universe Slovakia” show on RTVS. The duo “TWiiNS” will be representing the Central European country in Düsseldorf. “TWiiNS” are the twin (who would’ve guessed) sisters Daniela and Veronika Nízlovy who were born in 1986 in Hronský Beňadik. They were the backing singer for the Czech Republic in 2008 and supported Tereza (more…)
Slovakia – A snippet of the Slovakian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 was released today. The Slovak national broadcaster has internally selected the duo “TWiiNS” to represent them in Düsseldorf. The song is called “I’m still alive” and is a slow ballad. The TWiiNS have already been on a Eurovision stage as they were backing singers for the 2008 Czech entry. Here you can listen to a snippet of the song: (more…)
Slovakia – The Slovak national broadcaster RSTV has revealed their choice for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The duo “TWiiNS” will be representing the Central European country in Düsseldorf. “TWiiNS” are the twin (who would’ve guessed) sisters Daniela und Veronika Nízlovy who were born in 1986 in Hronský Beňadik. They were the backing singer for the Czech Republic in 2008 (voted 7th in our worst Eurovision entries) and supported Tereza Kerndlová’s singing. and thus be the second twin duo in the contest, after Jedward (more…)
Slovakia – Tonight the Slovak national broadcaster RTVSwill present its internally selected entry for the Eurovision Song Contest to the Slovak public. According to the channel, the announcement will be made during their main news programme. “The selection will be disclosed in our main news programme. Until then we will not comment on any speculations,” Martin Kontur, PR-Manager of the channel said. The three artists rumored to (more…)
Slovakia – Begrudingly Slovakia has to select an entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and it seems that their national broadcaster RTVS has shortlisted three candidates which could represent the Central European country. Due to financial troubles Slovakia initially did not want to participate in Eurovision and ,for the same reasons, won’t organize a national final as in previous years. The three artists rumored to have been approached by RTVS are Twiins, who were the backing singer for the Czech Republic in 2008 and Mista, who was the (more…)
Slovakia – Alexandra Štullerová-Koreňová, the organizer for the Slovak Eurovision participation in 2011 has announced, that the Slovak representative will be selected internally. The Central European country had originally withdrawn from the contest, but had put their name on the provisional participation list. Due to communication problems they forgot to withdraw from the list before the end of the deadline. To avoid having to pay a (more…)
Slovakia – On again off again. Slovakia had confirmed its withdrawal, then they put their name down on the participation list, then it confirmed its participation to then confirm its withdrawal again and now the EBU has officially confirmed their participation. Got it? SRTV has decided that participating is still better than paying the fine. Every country withdrawing after the deadline (December 25) set by the EBU has to pay a fine. This means that a total of 43 countries will (more…)
Slovakia – Our news weren’t old after all! Despite other sites reporting they had confirmation from STV that Slovakia would definitely participate in 2011, the Central European country has announced its definite withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest. It is due to financial troubles and the organizational difficulties due to the merger between radio and television services that Slovakia will not compete for the Eurovision crown in Düsseldorf. According to Lubos Machaj, interim director of RTVS (the result of the merger between STV and Slovak public radio), his channel is facing a severe debt and a participation in a big project like Eurovision would only worsen the situation. (more…)
Slovakia - Denisa Dzunková from the Slovak national broadcaster has told eurofire.blog.de today, that Slovakia’s Eurovision participation, despite them being on the official participant list, is still not 100% sure. “Regarding our participation, the situation is still not totally clear, because there are big changes in Slovak Television. We have merged with Slovak Radio from the 1st January and although we have submitted the Application Form, they are still reconsidering it. (more…)
Eurovision 2011 – This year there were more rumors and speculations about possible returns, debuts and withdrawals than in any other year. There were also more (predominantly positive) surprises concerning the list of participating nations. In total 42 countries (nothing official yet) will compete for the ‘Grand Prix’ in Düsseldorf next May. An official list of the participating countries is expected to be released after January 7, when the EBU will resume its work after the Christmas break. Here is what we know so far: (more…)
Slovakia – Bad news from Bratislava today: It is now 100% certain that we won’t see a Slovak entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf. The Slovak newspaper Topky reports today, that the public broadcaster has confirmed its withdrawal from the contest. “I’m sorry to announce that after taking all the circumstances (more…)
Slovakia – After Italy’s return is more than unlikely after yesterday’s X-Factor final, more bad news were announced today. My favourite German Eurovision blog Eurofire has received a mail by Denisa Dzunková of the Slovak television STV, today. She told Eurofire that she does not have good news about the Slovak participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf. (more…)
Slovakia – Slovakia and the Czech Republic: They once formed a nation and then parted ways, the same may now come true for Eurovision: Shortly after the Czechs announced that they’re not returning to Eurovision in 2011 (or any other year) due to indifference of the public, a poll ended in Slovakia. The result is more than clear: According to the online poll by STV 87,5% believe that Slovakia should stay in the contest. (more…)
ESC 2011 – 4 months ago I published a post called “Will they return” in which I assessed the chances of Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy returning or debuting in Germany in 2011. Now, there have been new developments and we have more information. The chances thus need to be reassessed. There also is new information about possible returns of Andorra, Slovakia Hungary, San Marino, Monaco, Czech Republic and Luxembourg. (more…)
This time with news from: Slovakia, Andorra, France, Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Finland!
Slovakia – Today the Slovak television channel STV has started a poll concerning Slovakia’s future in the Eurovision Song Contest. If you want Slovakia to continue competing please vote for “áno” meaning “yes” in Slovak. You can find the poll on the right site of this website. Slovakia has not yet confirmed its participation due to financial troubles.
Andorra – The Catalan newspaper “Diari d’Andorra” reported today, that Andorra will not return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The director of the Andorran television channel RTVA, Jordi Marticella, told the paper that Andorra can’t participate due to a tense financial situation. As there have been cutbacks on the budget of (more…)
Slovakia – As the German blog eurofire reports Slovakia has not yet decided whether it will send a song to Germany in 2011. Denisa Dzunková, head of international relations at the Slovakian television, confirmed, that the decision will be taken internally at the end of the summer. Dzunková expressed her personal opinion, saying she hopes they will participate again. Slovakia is one of the least successful countries in Eurovision history. After a 11-year hiatus they returned last year and came second to last in (more…)