Since the return of Slovakia to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, the country has never managed to qualify from the semifinals. This, together with the strong budget limitations that the broadcaster STV is undergoing, has led to the withdrawal of the central European country from the competition next year.
German blog Eurofire quotes Martin Kontúr, PR manager at STV: "I'm sorry to announce that after considering all the circumstances and limitations we will not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. We hope that we can return to this competition in 2012".
Last year's entrant Kristina Pelaková told newspaper topky.sk that she is sad with this decision. "It was one of the greatest experiences in my life and undescribable", the singer revealed.
Slovakia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, achieving a 19th place with Tublatanka and the song Nekonecná piesen. They returned in 1996 and 1998. Due to their bad results, STV decided to withdraw from the competition until 2009. This year, there were hopes for the country to qualify for the final for the first time, but once again the Slovak entry Horehronie stayed in the semifinals.