A Dal will not be used to select Hungary’s Eurovision participant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
A Dal will no longer be used to select the Hungarian act for Eurovision, with Hungarian media adding that it looks likely that the nation will withdraw from the contest. A Dal is now set to focus on building up home grown talent for a Hungarian audience.
In a statement from MTVA explains:
Instead of focusing on competing at Eurovision, the creators of the show want to support talented musicians from the Hungarian pop scene.
It is the line above that has been interpreted in the Hungarian media, that MTVA has withdrawn from the competition. MTVA has not yet provided clarification on the matter.
Should MTVA confirm withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest, this would be the fourth time Hungary has stepped away from the contest. Hungary first withdrew after the 1998 contest before returning to the contest in 2005. The nation returned again 2007 before taking a year out in 2010 due to financial difficulties.
Hungary returned to the contest in 2011 and had one of the contests best qualification records having qualified for the final every year from 2011 to 2018.
Source: ESC Hungary
Update – Article updated as of 21:05 CET.