Slovenia: Announcement expected next week

Slovakia will definitely take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest- this was confirmed yesterday by the Head of ARD’s organising committee Tomas Schreiber, by the EBU’s decision to include them in the draw, and today by their press department. The country had previous withdrawn and re-entered three times since October.

Martin Kontúr from STV’s press team told us this morning that the country will take part: “We’re expecting an announcement (about further details) in the next few days, probably at the beginning of next week, but for now all I can official say is that Slovakia will definitely take part in Eurovision 2011.”

Meanwhile, an article published today on aktualne.sk has said that participation in this year’s competition will cost in the region of €125.000, and hints that negotiations will continue with potential sponsors to finance both the national selection and participation. Other sources have claimed that Slovakia would have faced a fine if they chose to withdraw again, and so decided to enter, although these have yet to be verified. Broadcaster STV has been rolled into a new company called RTVS, merging the Slovak national television and radio companies as part of cost-cutting measures.