According to the eurocontest.cz Slovakia won’t be making their debut at this years edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest even though in the beginning of April, on behalf of RTVS, Slavomira Kubickova stated to Eurofestivales that the broadcaster hasn’t closed the door to their participation at the Junior edition of the show. Back in November of 2002, Slovakia was selected among the countries to participate at the inaugural edition of JESC, represented by the broadcaster Slovenská televízia (STV), later Slovakia announced their withdrawal from the contest. It remains unknown if the country will be making their debut at the show.
The countries which confirmed their participation at Junior Eurovision 2021 so far are Germany, France, The Netherlands, Russia, Ireland ,Georgia. Poland and Portugal who has also selected their entrant for the contest. Albania is expected to make their decision this month while broadcasters from Moldova, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Iceland, Bulgaria, Norway, Finland, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Wales, Czech Republic as well as Belgian broadcaster VRT confirmed they won’t be taking part at the show. The contest will take place on 19th of December in Paris following the victory of French representative Valentina with J’imagine.
This wasn’t the only thing announced by the RTVS as they also revealed that Slovakia won’t be back for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Slovakia had their first attempt to join Eurovision in 1993 with “Amnestia na neveru” by Elán but the country failed to qualify from the Kvalifikacija za Millstreet (pre-qualifying round). They debuted a year later with “Nekonečná pieseň” by Tublatanka. Their best placing came in 1996, when Marcel Palonder ended the show as 18th with the song “Kým nás máš”. After their fourth participation in 1998 they withdrew from the show until 2009 when they returned with “Leť tmou” by Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková. In 2010 they were represented by Kristina Peláková with “Horehronie“, in 2011 by Twiins with “I’m Still Alive” who came the closest to qualifying, placing 13th in the semi final, their last participation came at Eurovision 2012 in Baku with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Max Jason Mai. As mentioned all four songs failed to qualify to the final of the show. Slovakia withdrew from Eurovision in 2013.
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