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.
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