It has been announced that The Matter, who were due to participate in A Dal 2018 with “Broken Palms”, have withdrawn from the competition.
In a statement from the band’s management to MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, the band announced that they were withdrawing due to personal reasons:
“With our biggest regret, we cannot take the obligations coming with the A Dal 2018 competition. Due to unexpected family issues, our lead vocalist Mushu has to stay at Vienna in the upcoming months. Thank you for the trust, and to the jury members for seeing potential in our song and our band. Also, we wish the best for the other competing acts!”
The Matter previously competed in A Dal 2016 under the name “Mushu”. They reached the final of the competition with their song “Uncle Tom”. They will be replaced in A Dal 2018 by Patikadomb with the song “Jó szelet!”.
A Dal 2018 will begin on the 20th of January 2018 and will conclude on the 24th of February. The competition will take in three heats, two semi finals and the grand final. All shows will be hosted by Krista Rátonyi and Freddie, the Hungarian representative in 2016. 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”.
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.