Every Monday for the last few weeks, we have been looking back at former participating nations at the Eurovision Song Contest. This week, in our penultimate #MondayMemories, we look back at Slovakia, a country that competed 8 times – the last in 2012, after failing to qualify from the second Semi Final.
Slovakia debuted in the qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1993, when Kvalifikacija za Millstreet was held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Elan represented Monaco in 1993 with his entry “Amnestia na neveru”.
Video: YouTube/ESC 1989
While participating in the Contest, Monaco had chosen to sing predominately in Slovak. While Slovak was the main choice, we saw English used in their final two entries to date – during their 2011 and 2012.
In 1996, Slovakia took their best placing at the Eurovision Song Contest – placing 18th. In 1996, Marcel Palonder took 18th place with “Kym nas mas”.
Slovakia have not participated in the Eurovision Song Contest since they last entered in 2012, in Baku. RTVS have yet to show an interest in returning, despite various rumours over the years – especially after the recent success of Czech Republic. Only time will tell if Slovakia will make a return.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland