Hungarian participation in Eurovision 2018 remains uncertain. ESC Hungary reports that the Hungarian Broadcaster, MTVA, has declined to confirm Hungary’s participation in the forthcoming contest in Lisbon.
Since taking a break from the contest in 2010, Hungary has participated every year and has qualified on each occasion. Most recently, Joci Pápai reached 8th place in Kyiv with Origo. From 2012 onwards MTVA has used the A Dal format to select the Hungarian Eurovision entry. It remains to be seen if the same process will be used again should Hungary participate in 2018.
The 2017 Eurovision song contest was relatively popular with Hungarian viewers. 798,914 viewers watched the final as Joci Pápai took Hungary back into the top 10 for the first time since 2014.
Broadcasters intending to participate in Eurovision 2018 were required to notify the EBU of their intention by 15 September 2017. This can be modified until 10 October 2017. Based on previous years, it is then expected that the EBU will release a full list of participating countries in late October or November.
The recent confirmation from the Czech Republic brought the confirmed number of entrants in Eurovision 2018 to thirty-six. The 2018 contest will see the return of Russia after its absence in 2017. Other countries which participated in 2017, including Moldova and Albania, have yet to confirm their intention to compete in 2018.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on the 8th, 10th and 12th May 2018. The venue has been confirmed as the MEO Arena.
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Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, they were represented by Friderika Bayer and the song “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet”. She went on to finish in 4th place scoring a total of 122 points and four sets of 12 points. This result remains’ Hungary’s best in their history in the contest. Hungary participated from 1994 to 1994 before withdrawing until 2005, the country didn’t return again until 2008. Hungary then once again withdrew in 2010 before returning in 2011. Since their return in 2011 Hungary has qualified for the final every year.