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.
As quite a lot of restructuring is done within the Slovak television station, a participation in the ESC next year is unlikely. In order to save costs the Slovak prime minister Iveta Radicová and her government have decided to merge the public broadcaster and the radio station Slovensky Rozhlas. The ministry of cultural affairs expects to save 1,7 million euro thanks to this merger. Additionally the fees Slovak people pay to the broadcaster will run out until 2012, which will deteriorate the financial situation of the broadcaster even more. All that seems to make a Slovak participation not only next year, but for some years to come quite unlikely.
The Eurovision Song Contest was quite successful in Slovakia recently. The national final achieved record ratings and just recently 85% voted for Slovakia to participate in an internet poll on the website of STV.
The decision has still not been taken yet tough, so there is still some hope. Before December 15 (the deadline to submit participation applications to the EBU) we will be informed.