Hungary will be competing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
MTVA, the Hungarian national broadcaster, has opened the submission window for A Dal 2019. A Dal has been used to select every Hungarian entry since 2012 and has seen Hungary reach the final every year. The deadline to send in songs is November 8. Selected acts will then have up to December 14 to submit the final versions of their entries.
Other rules of the selection include:
- Submissions are only accepted by singers or bands who have
previously released a music album or had national radio airplay and/or television
appearances, and who have a valid contract with a record company and/or with a
professional music management.
- The performers of the songs shall be Hungarian citizens or Hungarian native speakers.
- MTVA reserves the right to take the final decision on the performer in whose
interpretation the winning song will be entered to the Eurovision Song Contest.
- MTVA preferably supports singing in the Hungarian language. The applicants may enter their songs in English or in any official language of the national and
ethnic minorities living in Hungary, but in these cases the Hungarian translation of the lyrics shall be provided too.
Songs can be submitted online through the official A Dal website, along with an application form. The application form must contain:
- the duly completed Application Form with the signed declaration (the Application Form is to be signed by the person who will subsequently be entitled to sign the contract)
- the audio material in flac, m4a, mp3, ogg, wav or wma format
- the lyrics of the song and its Hungarian translation, if applicable
- high-resolution press photos of the person(s) performing on stage and of the composer(s), their biography in English and Hungarian
- the video clip of the song (this is not compulsory and is to be submitted only when ready)
AWS represented Hungary in Lisbon this year with the song “Viszlát nyár”. They finished 21st in the final with 93 points.
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.