Hungary will participate in Eurovision 2018 and, once again, the national broadcaster will use the A Dal format to select the Hungarian entry.
Earlier reports suggested that Hungary’s presence in Lisbon was uncertain but the country’s confirmation now takes the number of confirmed participants to 40. The winner of A Dal will follow in the footsteps of last years top 10 Hungarian entry, Origo by Joci Pápai.
Those artists hoping to represent Hungary have until 15 November to submit their entries. As in previous years, A Dal is looking for relatively experienced musicians and performers. Only singers or groups with a record deal and professional music manager who have previously released an album or played on nationwide radio or television are eligible to enter the national selection process.
Whilst the rules of the competition encourage entries in the Hungarian language, this is not a requirement and entries may also be submitted in English or a language of one of the ethnic minorities in Hungary. The performers of the songs should be either Hungarian citizens or native speakers of Hungarian.
The full rules of A Dal 2018 can be read here. One interesting innovation which has been introduced for 2018 are two special prizes to be awarded by the jury panel to the “Best Lyrics of A Dal 2018” and “New Talent of A Dal 2018”.
A Dal has been used to select the Hungarian representative for Eurovision every year since 2012 and Hungary have qualified for the Grand Final every year the format has been used.
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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.