Hungarian broadcaster MTVA will not be broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, as seen in their programming schedule.
The Hungarian public broadcaster MTVA will not be broadcasting this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The last time the country did not participate in 2010 due to financial difficulties, both semi-finals and the grand final were broadcast on Duna TV.
Hungary withdrew from the Eurovision Song Contest ahead of the 2020 contest. In November 2019 the EBU revealed the list of the participating countries on which Hungary did not appear.
The broadcaster has not given an official reason for the withdrawal. MTVA released a statement which explained that A Dal, the format which was used to select the country’s entry was changed into a competition that focused on promoting Hungarian talent within the country rather than participating at Eurovision.
Hungary had one of the contest’s best qualification records having qualified for the final every year from their return in 2011 to 2018.
Source: Médiaklikk / Image source: Andres Putting (EBU)
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 1998 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.