It’s the national final with an enviable 100% qualification rate. Now Hungary‘s broadcaster Duna Media Service Provider has opened applications for A Dal 2019 — and has confirmed that the contest will be used to select Hungary’s act for Eurovision 2019.

The broadcaster broke the news via the publication of the A Dal 2019 entry rules. The document outlines the conditions of entering A Dal, and also confirms that the winner of A Dal will represent Hungary at Eurovision 2019.

The standard Eurovision entry rules apply, but — as in previous years — A Dal has strict conditions of their own.

The contest is only open to artists who have previously released an album, been playlisted on national radio or had television appearances, and who have a record deal or professional music management. 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. Three A Dal winners have been sung in Hungarian, and two of those earned top-ten Eurovision finishes.

The rules also state that — like Melodifestivalen — A Dal is a competition of songs, not performers. The broadcaster reserves the right to decide who will perform the winning song Eurovision 2019. But given the distinct characters of Hungary’s A Dal winners, it’s hard to imagine songs like “Viszlát nyár”, “Origo” or “Kedvesem” being performed by anyone else.

The format of the A Dal television shows is still to be confirmed by the broadcaster. However, it is expected that A Dal 2019 will follow the same format as recent years, with three heats, two semi-finals, and one grand final including a superfinal vote.

Applications for A Dal 2019 are now open and will close on November 8.

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” placed fifth in 2014, and Joci Pápai, who last year placed eighth with the mysterious “Origo”.

In other years, Hungary hasn’t earned such strong results. Boggie — to date the sole female winner of A Dal — had the subdued peace song “Wars for Nothing” which managed only 20th place in 2015. A year later, Freddie’s “Pioneer” — which was criticised for cheesy staging — did marginally better in 19th place. In Lisbon, AWS stayed true to their metal roots but only placed 21st with “Viszlát nyár”.

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.

As Hungary embarks on the eighth edition of A Dal, the fans are wondering if 2019 will be the year that A Dal can finally select a Eurovision winner.

What do you think? Who would you like to see enter A Dal 2019? What sort of song should Hungary send to Tel Aviv? Share your thoughts below!

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Zebb
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Zebb

Already ear-hungry for that batch of songs!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

It’s definitely working for them. I can’t even remember the last time Hungary didn’t qualify to the final.

Alex
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Alex

Let me remind you: 2009 was the last time Hungary failed to qualify which means that yes it’s working for them.

Polegend Godgarina
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Well if it ain’t broken…

Also why do y’all only report some countries’ confirmation and not all of them?

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Well, AWS sang in Hungarian but reached 21st place, but I guess that a qualification is also a success :3
I love Hungary’s entries! They were super underrated in 2015 and 2018 in my opinion, I just hope for another quality entry for 2019 <3

Erika
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Erika

That kind of music usually does bad in ESC. 21st place with metal song ini Hungarian, it’s great!

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Good point :3

Kaan
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Kaan

Hungary always tries to be unique in Eurovision. But is it enough to win the contest? I don’t think so. The recent editions of Eurovision have showed us that there has to be some controversy behind the winning entry. Let’s see: 2018: Israel wins with a feminist song and EBU knew their victory would annoy some people (or should I just say anti-semitists) 2017: Portugal wins with an emotional ballad sung by a singer with heart desease and harshly criticizes pop music/pop singers in his winning speech. 2016: Ukraine wins with a song called 1944. The year in which the… Read more »

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Hmm yes but that’s only for the last 5 years
2013: denmark: pop ballad about love
2012: sweden: anthemic europop song
2011: azerbaijan: love duet
I would also argue that salvador’s heart disease wasn’t very resonating and sweden 2015 mostly stood out because of the performance.

Polegend Godgarina
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Sweden 2015 stood out because of the juries… the public went for the uniqué popera song.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Sweden 2015 was defeated by both the Italian gentlemen AND the Russian lovelovepeacepeace machine in the real voting, so anything BUT a convincing victory. However, the rest of your assessments are spot-on.

Dave
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Dave

What Kaan meant is that Italy could have won in 2015, too. But “they” didn’t let it happen because the song had a simple love message. So they prefered Sweden’s anti-bullying song over it which seems true tbh.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Be that as it may, even as far as the messages of the songs are concerned, Italy wins. Italy sang about love, Sweden’s song was really just random words put together and then, when they came up with the admittedly good stage show, somebody thought: “Hey, let’s pretend it’s about anti-bullying”.

Polegend Godgarina
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“Don’t tell the gods I left a mess I can’t undo what has been done… let’s run for cover!” you can truly grasp the anti-bullying message! Kii…

Polegend Godgarina
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Um… Russia’s song had the same exact message as Sweden’s but it was better, and the public agRIHs.

Daan
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Daan

Hungary!
Do I have to say more? They’re unique!

Ieva Zasimauskait?
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Ieva Zasimauskait?

BRING BACK BOGGIE!!

Polegend Godgarina
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Said no one ever

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Bring Back Polina?

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

With a better song maybe

Stigy
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Stigy

Hungary is a good example, that you can have good results with your own language. Others should sing on their own languages too!

Salamandra
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Salamandra

Can’t wait for another original song from Hungary, a country that deserves to win soon.
My country Romania also confirmed, you know you must drag us kicking and screaming to be out of Eurovision.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

And we don’t want you out of the contest <3
#justice4ovidiu

Shalom
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Shalom

HaHaHa, you are so nice Roy Moreno. Love and good luck for your country this year. You are great. Have a great time next year in Tel Aviv! Do it twice in a row!

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

People actually remember where I’m from? xD
Thanks :3 Though I really doubt we will win 2019 as well

Hrvatska
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Hrvatska

Hungary just helps that they sing in the Hungarian national language and that makes them often in the finale, which is why I am waiting for a song in this language