The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) have officially confirmed that Slovakia will take part in this year's edition of the Eurovision Song Contest to be held on 10-14 May in Düsseldorf, Germany. This decision was taken due to the fact that any country which decides to withdraw after the deadline passed, is forced to pay a fine.
Slovak national television (STV) have taken the decision to compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest as they want to avoid paying the special tax for withdrawing from Europe's favourite music show after the official deadline set for 24th December had passed. This means that a total number of 43 countries will compete to win the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.
Slovakia decided to withdraw from Eurovision by the end of last year, but still they submitted application to the EBU and in fact were included in the official list of participating countries for 2011. The intention of pulling out of the contest was confirmed on January 7th, in the frame of the merger between the television and radio services and financial problems. In the end, Slovakia will be represented in Germany.
Last year, Slovakia was represented by Kristina and her song Horehronie. Although she was considered on of the hot favourite to win, Kristina's routinefailed toimpress the audience and failed to qualify for the big final.The central European countryeventually ended on the 16th place with 24 points.
Slovakia will compete in the first half of the second semi final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest.