Slovakia: Televoting to select national winner

by Stella Floras 2,414 views

In a recent press release, Ms �elmíra Habánová, spokesperson for STV, has announced the first information about the Slovakian broadcaster's plans for the local preselection of the country's entrant to the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

"We look forward to this project. Eurovision is prestigious music contest. We are happy, that after 11 years we will participate in this contest again. The viewers of STV will have the opportunity to watch live a large show, which is broadcast in almost all European countries." says Ms Habanova. She also mentions that due to the small budget of the Slovakian broadcaster, one of the smallest in Europe in fact, they will be participating in the Eurovision Song Contest but not in the other EBU projects.

The first Slovakian representative after eleven years, since the country participated in 1998 for the last time, will be selected directly by the public through televoting. The exact details of the Slovakian final are yet to be announced. STV will also launch a special Eurovision website where the songs will be presented.

Very special thanks to Miloš Hozda for the report.

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Stella Floras

Thanks to Johnny Logan and Hold me now I fell in love with the Eurovision Song Contest, a love that's been going strong ever since with undiminished passion. My first memories date back to 1977 and the lyrics of Rock bottom, Dschinghis Khan and A ba ni bi are still engraved in my brain.

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