Hungary: Broadcaster launches A Dal 2018… and confirms participation in Lisbon


They were one of the new remaining countries to confirm for Eurovision 2018. Now Hungary’s broadcaster Duna has launched A Dal 2018, and has confirmed that Hungary will compete in Eurovision 2018.

Entries for A Dal 2018 are now open, and they are generally following the same rules as the 2017 contest.

The contest is only open to artists who have previously released an album, made national radio or television appearances or has a record deal. The focus is on quality — something that has paid off for Hungary in previous years.

Singers must also be Hungarian citizens or speak Hungarian as a native language, though songwriters from other countries can enter if their song is performed by a Hungarian singer.

As in previous years, the emphasis is on songs written in Hungarian. Songs can still be submitted in English or in any of Hungary’s minority languages, but a translation of the lyrics in Hungarian must be included with the entry.

Entries for A Dal 2018 close on Wednesday 15 November, giving interested acts just over one month to put together an entry.

There’s no mention of what form the live shows of A Dal 2018 will take. It has been speculated that the broadcaster may drop the heats and start with just the semi-finals. However, this has not been confirmed in the terms of entry. They read identically to the 2017 terms, in this respect.

The success of A Dal

Since the launch of A Dal in 2012, the show’s winners have consistently qualified for the Eurovision grand final. The most successful entries have been ByeAlex, whose sweet hipster ballad “Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)” placed 10th in 2013, András Kállay-Saunders, whose edgy dubstep exploration of domestic violence “Running” place fifth in 2014, and Joci Pápai, who earlier this year placed eighth with the mysterious “Origo”.

In other years, Hungary hasn’t earned such strong results. Boggie’s subdued peace song “Wars for Nothing” managed only 20th place in 2015. A year later, Freddie’s “Pioneer” — which was criticised for cheesy staging — did marginally better in 19th place.

But as “Kedvesem” and “Origo” have shown, Hungary is one of the few countries who consistently does well with lyrics performed in their native language. The rhythmic and melodious qualities of Hungarian lend themselves well to song lyrics.

While some fans were concerned that Hungary might not make it to Lisbon, today’s announcement has confirmed that they are very much back on track. With Hungary putting effort into ensuring that A Dal produces high quality entries, they no doubt are still very much focused on Hungary taking home its first ever Eurovision win.

What do you think? Who should enter A Dal 2018? Who would you like to see represent Hungary in Lisbon? Have your say below!