HUNGARY – Hungarian national broadcaster decided to withdraw from the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. Instead, they are putting all efforts and money to the domestic impact of their music festival, A DAL. The national broadcaster issued a statement regarding A DAL.
The creators of the show decided next year, instead of launching Eurovision, to direct the talent of Hungarian light music and the value-creating productions they created. The winner of the song is sponsored by Duna Television with numerous appearances and can perform at the most famous national festivals. In addition to the concert opportunities, the winning performer will receive a special promotion at Petőfi Radio, as well as support for the development of music production.
Hungary has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times since making its debut in 1994. Hungary attempted to participate in 1993 but failed to qualify from a special qualifying competition set up for seven former eastern bloc countries.
Hungary’s first participation in 1994 remains the country’s most successful, with Friderika Bayer finishing in fourth place. The country’s only other top-five result is András Kállay-Saunders’ fifth-place in 2014.
Their other top ten results are Magdi Rúzsa finishing ninth in 2007, ByeAlex tenth in 2013, and Joci Pápai eighth in 2017, giving Hungary a total of five top ten rankings.