The Hungarian public broadcaster MTVA has published the official rulebook and submission details regarding “A Dal 2022”. The show format served as Hungary’s national pre-selection from 2012 until 2019. Late 2019, the country withdrew from participating at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020.
During the previous weeks many rumours have been circulating about Hungary’s return to the contest. A since then deleted Reddit post suggested alongside the fact that Turin would be the host city that the 2022 edition of “A Dal” implemented the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest, making the winner of “A Dal” eligible to compete at the international contest.
The rules of “A Dal 2022” allows the sumbission of songs which have been commercially released after March 30th 2021. As the official rules of the Eurovision Song Contest state that the earliest release date of an entry for the 2022 contest is September 1st 2021, the rules of “A Dal 2022” are not in unison with them.
Furthermore, “A Dal 2022” allows up to 10 performers on stage, compared to the maximum of six at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The application form does not mention the country’s possible Eurovision participation. Late September, Eurovoix has asked MTVA whether the broadcaster intends to return to the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, to be held in Turin, but has not received any comments on this since.
Source: ADal.hu / 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 until 2019.