As Montenegro confirm their return to the contest, it looks like Hungary won’t be joining them when the contest heads to Turin next May. In the rulebook of A Dal 2022, Eurovision participation isn’t mentioned and also, the show’s rules deviate from Eurovision rules. A Dal was previously used as the Hungarian selection for Eurovision between 2012 and 2019.
The rules for A Dal state that songs have to be released after 30th March 2021 whereas Eurovision rules state that songs must be released after 1st September. Also, up to 10 performers are allowed on stage at the Hungarian music festival. In Eurovision, a maximum of 6 performers can perform on stage. Hungary withdrew from the contest following the 2019 edition. The former Head of Delegation said in an interview after their withdrawal that “Hungarians still need time to accept the LGBTQ+ community”.
Prize of an album and a music video
In the rules of A Dal 2022, it states that the winner of the contest will produce “a record of up to 10 songs worth 10 million forint” and “a video clip with a maximum value of 10 million forint”. The winner will also receive a further 10 million forint (around £23,500) to “spend on the development of their music production”.
Similarly to this year, the rules of A Dal in 2021 made no reference to Eurovision. Hungary did not appear on the final list of countries taking part in the 2021 contest in Rotterdam.
Though MTVA has not publicly announced that they will not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, it is unlikely that they will take part when the contest heads to Turin. The last time Hungary internally selected their entry was in 2011.
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
After failing to qualify for the contest in 1993, Hungary made their Eurovision debut in Dublin in 1994. Friderika Bayer represented the country with “Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?”, which finished in 4th place with 122 points. It remains as Hungary’s best result to date.
Absent from the contest from 1999 until 2005, Hungary didn’t make the top 10 again until 2007. Magdi Rúzsa took her “Unsubstantial Blues” to a ninth-place finish in Helsinki, after placing 2nd in Eurovision’s largest-ever semi-final a few days earlier.
Hungary’s last participation in the contest was in 2019 when Joci Pápai – who had previously represented the country in 2017 – returned to the stage with “Az én apám”. Despite his 8th place finish in Kyiv, Joci failed to make the final in Tel Aviv, placing in 12th place with 97 points in the semi-final.
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