It’s Budapest calling. After a long period of silence, Hungary’s MTVA has launched its search for A Dal 2020 entries, along with the rules, but with a major twist. There is NO mention of the show serving as Hungary’s national selection for Eurovision 2020. Curiously, a few hours after MTVA uploaded the rules, they abruptly took them down, prompting still further speculation among Hungarian Eurofans. At the time of publishing this article they had not been put back online.
In any case, this is what we know so far.
A Dal is back for another season, with an even longer show, which will be aired from the 18th of January to the 7th of March. That means 8 weeks of live shows (hello, Lithuania!). The main rules are as follows.
- The songs cannot have been released before the 1st of March 2019
- The length of each song can be a maximum of 3 minutes
- The competing artists must have a record deal and/or a contract with a professional manager
- The age minimum is 16, as of January 18, 2020
- The artists have to be Hungarian citizens or Hungarian speakers
- The songs will have to be in Hungarian, though foreign composers and songwriters are accepted
- There can be a maximum of 10 people on stage
- The performances will be half-playback
- The competing artists will have to be available for MTVA until the end of March
- A Dal’s acoustic competition will be held this year too, together with awards for “Best Lyrics” and “Best Newcomer”
- The prize that the winner will get consists of the Petőfi Musical Award, opportunities to perform on the main stages of the VOLT and STRAND festivals, promotion in Radio Petőfi worth of 25 million forints (75 thousand euros), and 25 million forints in cash (another 75K euros) that has to be spent on their musical career (recording, gigs, music video shooting etc)
- The song submission deadline is November 15, 24:00 CET
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The rules for #Adal 2020 in Hungary make no mention of #Eurovision ?? Given that Hungary has not publicly confirmed their participation, a lot of #Eurofans are worried. Above you can see the rules which were published today (and subsequently removed by MTVA). Do you think Hungary is out? Will they go for an internal selection? Let us know your thoughts. #esc2020 #adal2020 #huntary #eurovision2020
Eurovision 2020 participation under threat?
As many of you might have noticed, Eurovision 2020 is not mentioned at all in the rules nor the call for entries. And since MTVA hasn’t confirmed their participation at next year’s contest, all that we can deduce so far is that even if Hungary will compete, A Dal won’t be used as a selection method this time.
The first fact that supports this is the earliest release date being set on the 1st of March 2019, which goes against the 1st of September rule for Eurovision. The second fact supporting this is that MTVA is asking the artists to be available until the end of March, instead of the beginning of May. On the other hand, songs do fit the required Eurovision length of three minutes and half of the performances (aka the song backing) are playback.
So, unless MTVA comes up with more information regarding Hungary’s participation, there are four possible outcomes:
- Hungary takes part at Eurovision 2020 with an internally selected artist and song
- Hungary takes part and MTVA offers one of the A Dal 2020 acts the chance to represent the country in Rotterdam
- Hungary takes part with MTVA selecting the competing artist with a new and unknown method
- Hungary withdraws from Eurovision 2020.
So what will their decision be? We all have to wait and see.
Do you think Hungary will participate in next year’s Eurovision despite the changes made to A Dal? And if yes, do you have any ideas on how MTVA might select their artist and song? Or are you rather skeptical about this and predict the first Hungarian withdrawal since 2009? Tell us in the comments below!