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”
“For a long time we have considered this step (participating) and finding an agreement was hard to do,” Andrei Miklánek, program director of SVT told mediálne.sk. He adds that “Eurovision is an established format with high ratings” and that they are confident that Slovakia will reach the final this year. “In this case, we would be really happy,” he said.
The head of SVT told the website that Miro Šmajda was a singer with “potential” and that they believe in his ability to “stick out from the other competitors”. Smajda already submitted a song to the internal selection of the Slovak broadcaster last year. He was born in 1988 in Košice and has come to fame in Slovakia and the Czech Republic through his participation in the 2009 CzechSlovak Idol, in which he placed second.
His debut album called “Čo sa týka lásky” was released in November 2010 and has produced three singles: “Last forever” (the only English song of the album), “Baby” and “Pod vodou“. Miro has also become the lead vocalist of the new band “my.RO” (My Roadmates), which was founded in 2010 and since toured Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Apparently the entire band will represent Slovakia under the name “my.RO“. Most of the expenses of their participation will have to be paid for by themselves and their sponsors.
Details about the song selection have not been revealed however. Since its return in 2009 Slovakia has never managed to get passed the semi-final stage of the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year the Central European country was represented by TWiiNS, who came 13th with 48 points in the semi-final in Düsseldorf.
Listen to some of his songs:
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