Today marked the deadline for the submission of entries to the Slovakian broadcaster for Eurosong, the country's preselection for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. STV have announced the details of Eurosong 2009 and have also launched their Eurovision website.
Thirty songs will compete in the three semi finals of the Slovakian preselection for the Eurovision Song Contest, ten in each one. The semi finals will be held on 15th February, 22nd February and 1st March. Three acts from each semi will qualify to the final by televote and one will be awarded a wildcard by a nine-member jury. The jury will comprise journalists, celebrities and singers who have already taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest. The jury will also comment on the performances but this will be done after the phone lines are closed and just before they announce their verdict. The Slovakian Eurosong final will be held on 8th March. STV planned to hold semis in their studios in Košice and Banská Bystrica and the final in Bratislava but the exact venues have not been confirmed yet.
As announced earlier by Roman Liptak, program director of STV all songs recieved will compete for the honour to represent returning Slovakia in the Eurovision song contest. Some names are already known to have submitted songs in the Slovakian preselection: Rock band Desmod, Peter Cmorikwinner of the second edition of the Slovakian Idol, and Andrea Zimanyova, Robo Opatovsky and Robo Papp. Jana Kirschner, a famous Slovakian singer si htly tipped to be participating as well, but no confirmation has been received yet. The full list will soon be released by STV.
The Slovakian broadcaster have launched today their brand new Eurovision site which you can visit here
Very special thanks to Miloš Hozda for the report.