Such was the interest in the contest from countries who wanted to enter, that the EBU decided to hold the first ever qualifying round to decide some of the line up in Millstreet. The break up of Yugoslavia gave the EBU five more members keen to join the Eurovision family. The new freedoms in Eastern Europe also added to the list of nations queuing at the door. So that these new countries could play their part while ensuring that the contest didn’t become a marathon show, Slovenia played host to the preliminary round, which host broadcaster, RTVSLO, called Kvalifikacija za Millstreet, in front of an audience which could be described as non plussed.
The top three countries would qualify for the contest the following month. The lucky three were all former Yugoslav republics, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. However, it could all have been so different. Going into the final round of voting, Slovakia was in the lead and were about to give it’s scores. There was only one combination of votes that would doom Elán to finishing outside the all important top 3. Guess what - that was exactly the sequence of votes that the Slovaks gave, and so Elán ended in fourth place and were left to rue what might have been. On the plus side, it did prove that the voting was above board.
For the unlucky four who didn’t travel to Ireland, their exclusion was only temporary. The EBU changed the rules so that, instead of qualifying through a similar process for the 1994 contest, the countries finishing in the bottom seven in Millstreet would automatically be out of the next contest to make way for those left out. This meant that Estonia, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia would all make their debuts in 1994.
The voting was in the traditional Eurovision style, with juries awarding points from 1-8, then 10 and 12.