Posted January 28, 2020 by Chris in Features

Slovakia is Officially Skipping This Year’s Eurovision

Eurovision is over 60 years old and can boast hundreds of hours of live airtime with 1,500 songs from more than 50 countries. This song contest is an inexhaustible source of talent, inspiration, fashion, and new figures. That is why it is not surprising why millions of viewers worldwide are waiting impatiently for the next Eurovision to take place.

However, in 2020 Slovakia decided to skip this contest and we won’t be able to enjoy their colorful performances. Will they return? Go on reading and we will answer this question!

Things to know about Eurovision

Let us start with a brief excursion into the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was started back in 1956 and included 7 countries-participants. It was a unique contest because allowed two songs per one country. After the break up of the USSR in the 1990s, more countries were willing to join Eurovision.

Thus, in 1993 and 1994, the contest had 25 countries and each year the number continued to grow. In 1996 it was decided to reduce 29 participants to 23 and Norway, which was then the hosting side, qualified automatically as the 24th country. In 2004 a semi-final was introduced and allowed including more participants. Growing popularity made Eurovision organizers introduce a second semi-final in 2008, which increased the number of participants to 43.

Such interest to the contest made it necessary to open new markets and very soon the American audience will be able to watch it. Recently Netflix has acquired the VOD rights to the 2020 competition, so Americans no longer have to watch cropped YouTube clips or search for a VPN to watch Eurovision from another IP address.

In 2020, 44 countries are expected to take part in the competition, which will take place in the Netherlands. 26 of the countries will be able to participate in the Grand Final. 6 countries will be enrolled in the Grand Final list automatically – Big Five (United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) and the Netherlands.

Slovakia on Eurovision in previous years and now

Let’s start with the bad news: Slovakia won’t participate in Eurovision. So the bookmakers can stop taking bets on whether or not Slovakia will win Eurovision. However, the good news is that gamblers can bet in Slovakian online casinos instead or simply gather together for a meal and watch other singers perform. This Slavic nation has participated in the contest 7 times but wasn’t able to reach the Grand Final since 1998. However, the performances were often really good.

In 2011 and 2012 Slovakia has tried its luck in Eurovision but failed to join Grand Final participants. Max Jason Mai, the 2012 representative, came last, giving the country the worst result. In 2013 the RTVS withdrew and is not planning to return to the competition due to financial difficulties.

But what about hosting Eurovision? Even though Slovakia is not the only country that has never hosted Eurovision, it is unlikely that Bratislava would welcome this contest any time soon. And it is a great loss to the competition. We were lucky to visit Slovakia last year and had a perfect weekend roaming along the streets of the Old Town, dining in local restaurants, enjoying the Danube and breathtaking views from the Bratislava Castle.

This capital city is located really close to such important hubs like Vienna and may easily accommodate hundreds of thousands of international guests like it has hosted the 2019 Ice Hockey World Championship. Locals still hope that one day they will be able to welcome all the Eurovision lovers.

However, it is rather sad to say that Slovakia won’t return to the Eurovision in 2020 because of the lack of interest in the competition from artists. Such information has appeared on the Eurocontest.cz source and the Slovakian national broadcaster confirmed that they won’t return to the competition in the foreseeable future. From time to time rumors claim the opposite but there is no evidence.

Will we ever see Slovakia performing on Eurovision?

Eurovision Song Contest has become a part of our lives when whole families gather together to cheer for their country and to vote for the favorite performer. Unfortunately, Slovakia is not planning to return to the contest any time soon. Hopefully, they will change their mind and we’ll be introduced to their interesting singers and great songs.


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