RTVS, the Slovakian national broadcaster has confirmed to ESCToday that Slovakia will not participate at the forthcoming Eurovision edition in Kyiv.
The landlocked country debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with Martin Durinda and Tublatanka. The country withdrew from the competition in 2013 and has not returned since. The country has never qualified to the Grand Final since the semifinals were introduced in the competition.
The last time we saw Slovakia on the Eurovision stage was back in 2012 when Max Jason Mai represented the country with his entry Don’t close your eyes.
The final and confirmed list of the ESC 2017 participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU by the end of the year.
The period for countries to apply for participation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest concluded on 15 September. Hereafter applicant countries had a grace period until 10 October to decide if they were to stay or not in the competition without facing a financial penalty.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine on 9, 11 and. 13 May.