It’s finally official! Hungary will be in Austria for the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Singers and songwriters can submit their songs to MTVA from October 1 until November 15.
MTVA has launched a series of new rules for this year’s national selection A Dal. First, they want performers who have already started their careers, and whose earlier songs are well-known in Hungary. The submission period is also shorter this year because they want more time to prepare for the live shows.
The format of the competition has changed to. This year it will consist of just two rounds, and the semi-final stage has been removed. Apparently the audience will play a more active role in the show too.
Hungary also wants to keep the show local. Foreigners can apply, but only if a Hungarian artist will sing on the stage. Songs can be in any language, but the application has to include Hungarian lyrics for the song too. Organizers will decide which language will be used in Vienna.
Hungary has made the final for four consecutive years. Kállay-Saunders gave a memorable performance in Denmark, feeding Hungary’s desire to win the Eurovision. It would be nice if the contest can move from Austria to Hungary in 2016!
What do you think about the new rules? Are you happy about Hungary?