The first show of A Dal 2019 has recorded the lowest ever audience for the Hungarian selection process, losing over 100,000 viewers over last year.
Hungary’s search for Eurovision 2019 began this weekend, but the viewing audience has dropped dramatically year on year. The first show was watched by a total of 273,000 viewers with a share of 5.9%. This is a drop of 132,000 viewers over the first live show in 2018, and a drop in viewing share of 4.1%. The figure represents the smallest audience to date for A Dal.
Returning as host this year is Freddie, who represented Hungary at the 2016 contest. Joining him is singer Bogi Dallos. Miklós Both and Misi Mező return as jury members while Lilla Vincze and Feró Nagy join the jury.
Two additional prizes are also being handed out as part of A Dal 2019. Awards will be presented for the song with the best lyrics and the participant that is deemed to be the best new discovery through A Dal.
The winner of A Dal 2019 will represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. AWS represented Hungary in Lisbon in 2018 with the song “Viszlát nyár”. They finished 21st in the final with 93 points.
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.