Slovaquie 2009

Slovakia returned to the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 after an 11-year absence in the Eurovision Song Contest.[1][2]

After withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest after three poor results from 1994 to 1998, Slovenská Televízia (STV) was reluctant to return to the contest due to budget problems in the broadcaster, however, after 11 years, Slovakia returned to the contest in Moscow.[1] The program director of STV stated that pressure from local artists was the driving force behind the country’s return.[3]

The fourth Slovak entry at Eurovision was chosen through a national final, held between 15 February and 8 March. the final winner was Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková with « Leť tmou« .[4][5][6]

Eurosong

Selection process logo.

A national final was held to select the fourth Slovak Eurovision entry, where the Slovak public will chose the winner through televoting.[7] An open call of songs was launched, with the final deadline for entries to STV expiring at 20 January. All entries submitted to STV will compete in a number of semi-finals held before a grand final, set to be held on 8 March.[8] The original plan was for three semi-finals to be held for Eurosong, set for 15 February, 22 February and 1 March 2009. Thirty songs were to compete in the semi-finals, with four songs qualifying to the final: three of the songs from televoting results while the fourth qualifier decided by a nine-person jury.[9][10]

After 117 songs had been entered for Eurosong, STV decided to increase the number of semi-finals to five, each containing 10 songs, a total of 50 competing acts over the five semi-finals. The dates for the semi-finals were Sunday 15 February, Friday 20 February, Sunday 22 February, Friday 27 February and Sunday 1 March. From each semi-final, three songs qualified for the final, two by televoting and one by a jury, with 15 final songs competing in the final.[11][12] The list of competing songs was released on 3 February.[13]

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final of Eurosong was held on 15 February. Three songs qualified to the final from the nine acts that competed, two selected by televoting and one selected by a jury. Desmod & Lucia Nováková was supposed to perform during the show, however they did not due to an accident during rehearsals.[14]

Andrea Zimányiová and Robo Šimko & MassRiot were the two acts that qualified by televoting, while VIP was selected by the jury to qualify, after coming ninth and last in the televote.[14][15]

Semi-final 1–15 February 2009
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Alone « Nezistím » 6.5% 6
2 Petra Kepeňová « Odkedy nie si » 19.0% 3
3 Robo Papp « Nádej máme » 6.4% 7
4 EmSoft « Násilie » 4.4% 8
5 Peter Kotuľa « Cesty sú stratené » 6.6% 5
6 VIP « Hviezdy » 3.5% 9
7 Andrea Zimányiová « Prines si ten kľúč » 20.5% 1
8 Robo Šimko & MassRiot « Môj anjel spí » 19.4% 2
9 Hudba z Marsu « Na hubách » 13.7% 4
10 Desmod & Lucia Nováková « Posledná minúta »

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final of Eurosong was held on 20 February. Three songs qualified to the final from the ten songs that competed, with two selected by televoting and one selected by a jury.

Tomáš Bezdeda and Mária Čírová qualified to the final, gaining the highest amount of televotes, while Mukatado qualified as the jury wildcard, coming seventh in the televote.[16][17] Samo Tomeček & Free Inna Cage were later chosen as an additional jury wildcard entry to the final after all the semi-finals had been held.[18]

Semi-final 2–20 February 2009
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Babenky a týpci « Babenky a týpci » 17.01% 3
2 Mária Čírová « Búrka » 17.07% 2
3 Jakub Petraník « Nadomnou » 1.86% 10
4 Golden Storm « Daj mi len deň » 11.27% 5
5 Samo Tomeček & Free Inna Cage « To čo chceš » 15.22% 4
6 Editor « Pod parou » 7.59% 6
7 Mukatado « Ja sa mám » 5.00% 7
8 Marek Kravjar « Geniálny cvok » 1.97% 9
9 Anawi « V predstavách » 4.81% 8
10 Tomáš Bezdeda « Každý z nás » 18.20% 1

Semi-final 3

The third semi-final of Eurosong was originally scheduled to be held on 22 February, but was later rescheduled due to tragic accident on Saturday in Bratislava. As such, Sunday was declared a day of mourning in Slovakia and all entertainment shows were postponed or cancelled. Due to this, the show was held on 23 February instead.[19][20]

From this semi-final, Robo Opatovský and Peter Bazík & Andrea Sulovská gained the most televotes, while Komajota was selected by the jury to qualify, having initially come sixth in the televote.[21][22]

Semi-final 3–23 February 2009
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Komajota « 7 nocí » 6.1% 6
2 Katka Koščová « Pri sebe » 7.7% 4
3 Milan Lieskovský « Bliss » 7.6% 5
4 Peter Bažík & Andrea Súlovská « Nebudem stáť » 20.8% 2
5 Roman Galvánek « Láska z papiera » 2.4% 10
6 Ivana Kováčová « Všetko » 4.7% 7
7 ENS « Už je čas » 4.1% 8
8 Dáša Šarkozyová « Krídla » 3.1% 9
9 G-Strinx « Rytmus vášne » 17.8% 3
10 Robo Opatovský « Prší » 25.8% 1

Semi-final 4

The fourth semi-final of Eurosong was held on 27 February. Ten songs competed, with three qualifying to the final, two selected by televoting and one selected by a jury.

The winners of the televote were Martina Schindlerová and Janais, while Zachariáš Hubáček was selected as the jury wildcard, who was initially eliminated after coming seventh in the televote.[23][24]

Semi-final 4–27 February 2009
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Barbora Balúchová & Red Rose « Nakoniec » 5.03% 8
2 Nocaden « Na čo asi myslíš » 2.59% 10
3 Golden Vein « Chcem nevedieť » 5.78% 6
4 Quasimondo « 16 barov » 3.39% 9
5 Zachariáš Hubáček « Bolo bolo » 5.75% 7
6 Zuzana Haasová & Funny Fellows « V mojej zime » 11.61% 3
7 Palo Drapák « Kričím na svätých » 7.23% 5
8 Janais « Taram ta rej » 20.61% 2
9 Miro Jaroš « Miesto kam patríme » 10.82% 4
10 Martina Schindlerová « Krídla » 27.18% 1

Semi-final 5

The fifth and final semi-final of Eurosong was held on 1 March. Eleven songs competed in this semi-final, including Desmod & Lucia Nováková, who were forced to retire from the first semi-final. Three songs again qualified to the final, with two selected by televoting and one selected by a jury.

Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková and Desmod & Lucia Nováková were the winners of the televote, while Michal Chrenko was selected as the jury wildcard, coming seventh in the televote.[25][26]

Semi-final 5–1 March 2009
Draw Artist Song Televote Place
1 Desmod & Lucia Nováková « Posledná minúta » 27.97% 2
2 PapaJam « Nemusíš sa báť » 0.65% 11
3 Michal Chrenko « Proti prúdom » 2.35% 7
4 TH13TH « Všetko je inak » 1.60% 8
5 Natália Hatalová « Spím » 1.02% 9
6 Metalinda « Chcem pre teba žiť » 4.72% 4
7 Alena Kortis « Zbláznený za láskou » 0.88% 10
8 Dolores « Kto nám slabým odpustí » 3.99% 5
9 Smola a hrušky « Na čom záleží » 2.39% 6
10 Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková « Leť tmou » 28.25% 1
11 Peter Cmorík Band « Ty spíš » 26.18% 3

Final

The final of Eurosong was held on 8 March. Sixteen songs in total will compete, which include the initial semi-final qualifiers. The winner was decided by a jury selecting the final winner from the top three songs of a public televote.

A number of changes occurred to the final line-up. Initially Desmod & Lucia Nováková had qualified to the final, coming second in the fifth semi-final with « Posledná minúta ». They later withdrew from the contest, and were replaced by Smola a hrušky with « Na čom záleží », who came sixth in the same semi-final. After all semi-final were held, the jury decided to select another jury wildcard to compete in the final. This was Samo Tomeček & Free Inna Cage, who came fourth in the first semi-final televote, with « To čo chceš ».[18]

During the final, the Azerbaijani entry, AySel and Arash, performed their Eurovision entry, « Always« .[27] The Czech Republic entry for Eurovision, Gipsy.cz, also performed during the show, performing their Eurovision entry « Aven Romale« .

The top three songs selected by televote was Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková with « Leť tmou« , Tomáš Bezdeda with « Každý z nás » and Mukatado with « Ja sa mám ». The winner of the jury vote was Kamil Mikulčík and Nela Pocisková with « Leť tmou« , who also won the televote.[4][5][6]

Final – 8 March 2009
Draw Artist Song SMS Place
1 VIP « Hviezdy » 0.33% 16
2 Andrea Zimányiová « Prines si ten kľúč » 1.51% 14
3 Robo Šimko & MassRiot « Môj anjel spí » 1.54% 13
4 Zachariáš Hubáček « Bolo bolo » 0.97% 15
5 Martina Schindlerová « Krídla » 5.98% 5
6 Mukatado « Ja sa mám » 14.73% 3
7 Tomáš Bezdeda « Každý z nás » 15.10% 2
8 Robo Opatovský « Prší » 5.13% 6
9 Smola a hrušky « Na čom záleží » 4.46% 9
10 Peter Bažík & Andrea Súlovská « Nebudem stáť » 2.20% 10
11 Janais « Taram ta rej » 2.47% 8
12 Mária Čírová « Búrka » 14.60% 4
13 Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková « Leť tmou«  25.27% 1
14 Michal Chrenko « Proti prúdom » 1.59% 12
15 Komajota « 7 nocí » 2.11% 11
16 Samo Tomeček & Free Inna Cage « To čo chceš » 4.00% 7
Super Final
Draw Artist Song Place
1 Kamil Mikulčík & Nela Pocisková « Leť tmou«  1
2 Tomáš Bezdeda « Každý z nás » 3
3 Mukatado « Ja sa mám » 2

At Eurovision

Since Slovakia was returning to the contest after an 11-year absence it had to compete in one of the two semi-finals. At the semi-final allocation draw on 30 January, it was decided that the country would compete in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009.[28][29][30]

Kamil and Nela performed for Slovakia 8th in the running order of the semi-final, following Cyprus and preceding Denmark, however they failed to qualify Slovakia to the final on 16 May, finishing second last with just eight points.

Points Awarded by Slovakia[31]

Points Awarded to Slovakia (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

After Eurovision

STV confirmed on 28 March that plans for the 2010 Contest will begin once the 2009 Contest finishes.[32][33]

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