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
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.