This year Hungarian fans have had to wait a little bit longer to learn the details of A Dal, their country’s national selection for Eurovision. But now MTVA has put them out of their misery by revealing the rules for this year’s showdown in Budapest. Musicians have until 25 November to submit their songs.

The rules generally dovetail with national selections elsewhere: Songs must not have come out prior to 1 September and they cannot exceed three minutes in length. But Hungary is looking for experience. Only acts who have previously released albums or singles and who have a record label and/or a professional music manager will be considered. Sorry, amateurs. MTVA has added that it can exclude any participant at any time if a scandal emerges, whether during A Dal or on the road to Stockholm 2016. So be sure to delete those photos from your iCloud before applying…

What’s more, performers have to accept that the A Dal 2016 selection committe is choosing songs and not just singers. It reserves the right to keep the song but switch out the singer after the selection is made. Each act must include Hungarian citizens or native speakers of Hungarian. Foreign songwriters can field entries so long as the performers are Hungarian. Organisers say they prefer Hungarian lyrics, but songs can be submitted in other languages, so long as they provide a Hungarian version of the song as well.

You can read the full set of rules here.

Who do you want to represent Hungary in Stockholm? Feel free to share your thoughts below!

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@Daniel: And by the way, I thought András was better than the both of them put together, with “Running”. The video, the song, the stage performance; outstanding. He had the whole package.

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@Daniel: No. I’m assuming V had beef with the language itself when I brought up “Kedvesem”. And as I said before, what got Alex a 10th-place finish in 2013 was that music video to the remix version. Jury members who went to YouTube remembered that, because I thought he was done after his semi performance. He was not nearly as crusty in the Grand Final.

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Daniel

Hungary. You’ve upped your game these past few years! Top 10 in 2011, Top 5 in 2013 (In my opinion). I liked Wars For Nothing as well. 2012 amd 2014 were just meh. Hopefully 2016 can bring Hungary to the top 3!

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Daniel

@CookyMonzta: Are you talking about the worst Hungarian entry ever? Even Boggie had a better song than that piece of sh*t.

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Mario = Legend

PLEASE, Hungary! Don’t give us another toilet break song. In fairness, ‘Wars For Nothing’ did have a good effect and stood out at Eurovision because it was so minimalist, but it didn’t have a ‘wow’ for many. Most people rated Boggie at the bottom of their rankings beforehand. 🙂 Give us another ‘wow’ song like ‘Running’ from 2014 for example. I’d love to see Kati Wolf again too, just without a dress stapled or sellotaped to floor this time while being blasted by a hurricane… (Well.. That’s what it looked like! :D)

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@V: I take it you never heard Alex’s “Kedvesem”, no?

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V

Hungarian is ugly.