RTVS, the Slovakian national broadcaster has confirmed to Esctoday.com that Slovakia and RTVS will not participate at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria next May.
Slovakia joins the Czech Republic, Andorra, Monaco and Luxembourg, all of whom have confirmed their absence at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna Austria next year.
Slovakia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with Martin Durinda and Tublatanka, and is yet to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Slovakia has never qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final since the semifinals have been introduced. Slovakia has participated 7 times at the Eurovision Song Contest: 1994, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
So far a total of 18 countries have confirmed their intention to join the Eurovision bandwagon next year in Vienna: Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, , Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Cyprus, Malta, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, FYR Macedonia, Estonia and Ireland. Whilst Belarus, Montenegro and Latvia have stated that they are most likely to enter the competition next year. The deadline for countries to submit their applications to participate at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has been set to 15 September.
The official list of the 2015 Eurovision participating countries is expected to be released by the EBU by early January. The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21, 23 May at the Wiener Stadhalle in Vienna.