Initially, the Slovak national final should take place on Sunday, the 28th of February, but as the Slovak national ice hockey team reached the semi-final at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and thus might play the final on Sunday, the public broadcaster STV decided better not to have two top events in their schedule at the same time. For that reason, the national final was brought forward one day, and it will take place already today.
Before the national final, six quarter finals were held, with four songs qualifying for the semi-finals by the decision of televoting in each show. In the two semi-finals, six songs each made it to the final according to a combined vote of an expert jury and the TV public. In tomorrow's final, the decision will again be taken jointly by televoting and a jury. The members of the latter will be Ľubica Čekovská, Ján Lehotský and Martin Sarvaš. The show will be presented by Martin "Pyco" Rausch, with additional reports from the Green Room by Martin Kontur. During the interval act, Fabrizio Faniello and Claudia Faniello from Malta will perform. This is the running order of the final:
- P. Remenár, Klára & Liquid Error - Figaro
- Kristína - Horehronie
- Free Voices - Z Osnov
- Robo Opatovský - Niečo Máš
- Martina Schindlerová - Môžeš Ísť
- Aya - Do Neba Volám
- Marián Bango - Ty Tu Ticho Spíš
- Tomáš Bezdeda - Na Strechách Domov
- Mista - Emotions
- Miro Jaroš - Bez Siedmeho Neba
- Soňa - Skús Ma Viesť
- Mayo - Tón
While the jury and the public did not wholly agree on the result in the second semi-final, with Mista winning only the televote but not the jury vote, they unanimously voted in favour of Kristína in the first semi-final, so that she ended up with the maximum number of votes. Will it be a close race between these two acts in the final, or are we heading for a surprise result? See it yourself! You can follow the show live on ESCTV, starting at 20:15 CET today!
Slovakia took part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1994, when Martin Ďurinda & Tublatanka reached the 19th place with Nekonečná Pieseň. After 1998, the public broadcaster STV took a break from the contest and only returned last lear, coming 18th in the Second Semi-Final with Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková and their song Leť Tmou. This year will mark the fifth participation of Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest to date.