Following an extension period for potential entries to be submitted, MTVA have confirmed they have received over 350 potential entries for Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
The deadline for submitting any entries was last night after initially being planned for 15 November 2017.
The number of submissions has remained at the same level seen over the past few years. Also the interest for the competition has remained the same following success of Hungary’s entry “Origo” by Joci Pápai both at the Eurovision Song Contest and in the Hungarian charts.
This year MTVA made a call out for songs ranging all musical genres. In addition, both well known artists as well as newcomers and unsigned artists were encouraged to enter the process.
A pre-selection jury will now go through all submitted entries and pick the 30 best entries of all those that applied. Those successful entries will then qualify and be performed at the live shows of the competition.
The 30 successful entries that will advance to the competition will be presented at a press conference in Budapest at the start of December.
It has been announced that Hungary’s selection process A Dal 2018 will begin on the 20th of January 2018. The competition will conclude on the 24th of February where we will find out who will be representing Hungary in Lisbon.
A Dal 2018 will last for six weeks, taking in three heats, two semi finals and the grand final. In addition, before the competition begins there will be two special programmes broadcast on the 6th and 13th of January celebrating the last six years of the A Dal competition.
This year Hungary once again qualified for the final, marking an impressive seventh consecutive qualification for Hungary. Joci Pápai’s entry “Origo” managed to reach a respectable 8th place, the first time since 2014 that Hungary have reached the top 10 in the competition. The nation are still waiting on their first win at the contest.