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Hungary confirms participation in Tel Aviv and A Dal continues

Confirmations have been rolling in lately and Hungary joins the 30+ countries who have confirmed their participation at Eurovision 2019! The country will also continue using their selection show A Dal to pick their entrant

A Dal returns for another year

Hungarian broadcaster (MTVA) confirmed participation in Tel Aviv and is now accepting submissions for their selection show A Dal. Interested candidates will have until November 8 to submit their entries, provided they meet the inclusion criteria. In fact, artists must: 

  • Have previously released a music album or had national radio airplay and/or television appearances, and have a valid contract with a record company and/or with a professional music management.
  • Hold Hungarian citizenship or speak Hungarian at native speaker level
  • Songs in Hungarian are preferred. Artists may also submit songs in English or other ethnic minority languages of Hungary. However, a Hungarian translation of the lyrics is required.
  • MTVA has the right to take the final decision on the performer in whose interpretation the winning song will go to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Final versions deadline in December 14

Although MTVA accepts entries until November 8, artists will have another month, until December 14, to submit their final version of the song. Artist should submit songs and application form to the A Dal Website and should also include: 

  • Application Form with the signed declaration 
  • the audio material in flac, m4a, mp3, ogg, wav or wma format
  • the lyrics of the song and its Hungarian translation, if in another language
  • high-resolution press photos of the person(s) performing on stage and of the composer(s), their biography in English and Hungarian
  • Optional: the video clip of the song 

Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary first appeared at Eurovision back in 1994 with Friderika Bayer’s 
Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?”  finishing in a very respectable 4th place. That remains the country’s best result at the contest. So far, Hungary made 16 appearances at the contest and qualified for the final 14 times. Since returning to the contest in 2011 after a 2-year break, Hungary has not missed a single final. In 2018, the band AWS represented the country with their metal entry “Viszlát Nyár“. They finished the night on 21st place with 93 points.

Are you happy Hungary will continue to participate? Who would you like to represent them in Tel Aviv? What is your favourite Hungarian entry at the contest?

Let us know in the comment section below or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA.

Riccardo Maddalozzo

Born in Italy, I have lived in 5 countries in 3 continents. I discovered Eurovision by accident in 2010 and became a superfan in 2013. I attended both Eurovision and Junior Eurovision events and covered several national finals on the ground and hope to continue doing so for a long time!

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