Lőrinc Bubnó, former Head of Delegation for Hungary, has revealed more details of the nations withdrawal from the Eurovision Song Contest.
Speaking on the latest ‘Humans of Eurovision’ episode by former Czech Head of Delegation Jan Bors, the former Hungarian Head of Delegation has spoken about his nations withdrawal from Eurovision. Lőrinc Bubnó explained that while he did not directly speak with MTVA management, he believes there are two reasons:
One being money, participating in Eurovision costs a lot of money, we are not a very rich country, if we have to cut something and it’s not good for the countries image, then it was pretty sure they would cut this.
On the other hand, Hungarians still need some time to be prepared for Western Europe and the LGBTQ+ community and how to accept people.
Lőrinc was vocal on the second statement about LGBTQ+ rights and his view that this should not have any impact on how you view a person. Adding that the view is mainly cemented within the older generation within Hungary. In summary he felt that the cost and people not having a positive view of the LGBTQ element of Eurovision, then it is show that the management at the broadcaster can decided against.
You can watch the full interview below:
Lőrinc Bubnó will also be appearing in a future episode of The Euro Trip podcast.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv / Source: Humans of Eurovision
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.