MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, will reveal the 30 acts that will compete in A Dal 2018 on December 6. The acts will be revealed to the public at a press conference in Budapest.
Over 350 entries were submitted to MTVA for A Dal 2018. The number of submissions has remained at the same level over the past few years. MTVA encouraged both new and established artists to apply for the competition. A pre-selection jury narrowed the submitted songs down to just 30.
A Dal 2018 will begin on the 20th of January 2018. The competition will conclude on the 24th of February. The competition will take 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. The winner of A Dal will represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. There will also be two further awards given out: “Best Lyrics of A Dal 2018” and “New Talent of A Dal 2018”.
A Dal has been used since 2012 to select the Hungarian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Hungary have also qualified for the final every year since then. 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.
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.