For the first time since 1998, Slovakia will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest again this year. In order to find a singer and song worthy of representing the country in Moscow, musicians were asked to send in their songs. Although only entries in Slovak language were accepted, a great number of high quality songs were received. Therefore, 50 of them were selected to take part in five semi-finals, which were held in the past weeks in the studios of the public broadcaster STV in Bratislava. In each of them, two finalists were picked by televoting and another one by the decision of an expert jury. In the end, a sixteenth finalist received a wildcard by the jury: Samo Tomeček, singing To Čo Chceš. This is the list of tonight's participants (in order of appearance):
Slovakia decided to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1993 with the Band Elán and their song Amnestia Na Neveru, but, at that time, did not qualify in the Eastern European qualification round. Thus, the first "real" Slovak entry in the Eurovision Song Contest was Nekonečná Pieseň by Martin Ďurinda & Tublatanka, who reached the 19th place in 1994. Two years later, Marcel Palonder achieved the best Slovak placing in the Eurovision Song Contest to date - he came 18th with Kým Nás Máš. 1998 saw the last participation of Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest for more than ten years, when Katarína Hasprová came 21st with her song Modlitba. This year, Slovakia will be represented in the Second Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, to take place on May 14th in Moscow.