For its first participation in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1998, the Slovak public broadcaster STV organised a great national selection this year, including five semi-finals, to find a worthy representative. A total of 50 songs - all in Slovak language - were presented in the five semi-finals. In each of them, two finalists were picked by televoting and another one by the decision of an expert jury. A sixteenth finalist received a wildcard by the jury - Samo Tomeček, singing To Čo Chceš.
The final was broadcast live from the STV studios in Bratislava, with the winner being decided by a combination of televoting and the verdict of an expert jury. A lot of ballads and rock songs were presented on the eve of the 8th of March, and the public got to see quite some pyrotechnical effects on stage as well.
In the end, the results of the televote were announced of which a jury chose Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková to represent Slovakia with Leť Tmou.
Watch their winning entry below.
Actors in a popular TV-series
Nela Pocisková's role in the popular TV-series, Ordinácia V Ružovej Záhrade (Doctor´s Office In The Rose Garden), has brought immense popularity to the young actress. In the TV-series her partners are Ján Alžbetkin and Kamil Mikulčík, with whom she will perform her song in the the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.
Kamil's studied in the University of Economics in Bratislava and at the same time also in the Theatre Department of the Academy of Performing Arts where he got the Master of Arts degree in 2001. He's performed in many plays and has even composed some of them!
The interesting group of people with impressive CVs will perform eighth in the second Semi-Final of Europe's favourite TV-show in Moscow on the 14th of May. You can read more about them here.