Kyiv 2005: NOX – Forogj, Világ! (Hungary)
The mid-00s are often seen as a time for ethnic flavoured pop songs: Turkey originally winning in 2003, Ukraine winning in 2004 and that was followed by a Greek 2005 victory. No matter how much I love Paparizou, her entry was a little too calculated for me.
Instead, it’s finally time for one of my favourite Eurovision countries to shine through. They withdrew after 1998 and returned with a bang: Hungary. This absolutely fits the bill of ethnic entries, but unlike Turkey 2003 and Greece 2005, it comes across as genuine and honest. As if we’re properly in the middle of a Hungarian country town, where the local group is performing this. I’m loving this from start to finish.
Please, bring us to Budapest soon. Anyway, for now it’s Budapest 2006.
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