Hungary withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest this year. However, A Dal 2020, still took place, finishing last night. A Dal is their normal entry selection process. One half of the winning team is Gergő Rácz, a Eurovision veteran.
The duet team of Gergő Rácz & Reni Orsovai won the A Dal 2020 final this year. Gergő played a guitar part while Reni sat at a piano, both providing vocals throughout the song. Listen to it below:
Gergő Rácz was formerly one-third of the band V.I.P, who entered Eurovision for Hungary in 1997 with “Miért kell, hogy elmenj?”, finishing 12th. If Hungary had entered Eurovision this year, he would have been counted among the list of returning artists. He was also involved in writing Hungary’s entry “What About My Dreams” by Kati Wolf. This finished 22nd in 2011.
Hungarian promoters will help Gergő and Reni Orsovai, who won alongside him, as a reward for winning A Dal 2020. This is what the broadcaster said in October about that:
Producers have decided to help Hungarian musicians directly, instead of going to Eurovision. The winning artist will receive promotion on Petőfi Radio, and support for their music production.Source: blikk.hu
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
Hungary withdrew from Eurovision starting from this year, citing the above wish to support Hungarian pop music directly. They took part in an unbroken run from 2011 to 2019, qualifying for the final in all but one attempt, but never placed higher than 5th in the last decade. From 2012 onwards A Dal was the method to select their entry . Their best result still remains Eurovision 1994, when Frideriká Bayer placed 4th with “Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?”.
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