Hungary: 'A Dal 2022' rules published with no reference to Eurovision

Hungary: 'A Dal 2022' rules published with no reference to Eurovision
Monday, 11 October 2021

  • The Hungarian national broadcaster, MTVA, has released the rules and regulations for the 2022 edition of 'A Dal' without any reference to the Eurovision Song Contest. 

    Depsite rumors the past months that were speaking of a potential come back of Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest, the facts do not indicate a possible return in Italy next year.  MTVA, has released the rules of the next edition of 'A Dal',  which do not mention anything about Eurovision. 

    'A Dal' is the show that has selected the Hungarian representatives from 2012 until 2019, but according to the regulations and terms of the next edition there is no link to the Eurovision Song Contest. In addtion the terms of the next next edition of 'A Dal' allows submissions of songs released up to March 30th 2021, which is much earlier than the date required by the EBU rules for Eurovision entries which is September 1, 2021. 

    Taking into account all these facts it seems that 2022 won't be the year to see Hungary returning to the Eurovision Song Contest, from which they have withdrawn since 2020. Additionally the deadline for countries to file their preliminary application for participation  has expired on September 16 while the deadline to withdraw without a penalty their interest expires today. 


    Hungary In Eurovision

    The country tried their luck to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1993. They participated in the special prelimary semi-final round in Ljubiana with Andrea Szulak‘s Arva reggel. The country failed to win one of the three spots that led to Millstreet in Ireland.

    In 1994 the country finally debuted in the contest with Friderika Bayer and her song Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet achieving a 4th place in Dublin, which is the Hungary’s best placing up to date. In 1999 the country withdrew from the contest and came back after a six years break, in 2005. In its 17 participations has achieved 6 top 10 placings, specifically:  4th in 1994, 5th in 2014, 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2007 and 10th in 2013.

    In 2018 the winners of its traditional national selection A Dal, Rock band AWS represented the country in Lisbon with their entry Viszlat Nyar. The band achieved a 21st placing in the Grand Final.

    Hungary last participation was at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv with 'A Dal 2019' winner, Joci Pápai representing the nation with “Az én apám” which failed to qualify to the final finishing 12th in its semi-final.