It’s been one week since Hungarian broadcaster MTVA briefly uploaded the rules for entering its national final, A Dal 2020. In those rules, there was no mention of A Dal being Hungary’s selection method for Eurovision 2020. It left fans wondering what was going on.
Today MTVA officially launched A Dal 2020 and confirmed what many fans have suspected. In the rules for the next edition of the national final, it is clear that A Dal 2020 will NOT serve as Hungary’s national selection for Eurovision.
But will Hungary make it to Rotterdam? MTVA has not otherwise commented on Hungary’s participation at Eurovision 2020.
Hungarian state news agency MTI reports, “The producers of the show decided that INSTEAD of competing at Eurovision, MTVA will help the talents of Hungarian music directly. The winner of A Dal will have several performances provided by [A Dal and Eurovision broadcaster] Duna Television, and also opportunities to perform at Hungary’s biggest festivals, plus promotion in Radio Petőfi and further financial prizes that can be used at the development of the artist’s career.”
Eurovision participation shrouded in mystery
So does this mean that Hungary has withdrawn from next year’s contest? Well, despite some fan sites interpreting the news that way, we don’t know for sure what Hungary’s plans are.
As MTVA still hasn’t spoken out about the matter, the only thing that’s confirmed is that A Dal is dropped as their selection method. There is still the possibility that the broadcaster could still use a different method for selecting the artist competing at Rotterdam. For example, one of the A Dal 2020 acts could be internally selected for Eurovision.
Hungary’s MTVA has a history of withdrawals at Eurovision. After their 1994 debut, Hungary ended up taking a break between 1999 and 2004. After their return in 2005, they took the years 2006 and 2010 off, citing financial difficulties.
Since then, they’ve had an impressive qualification streak from 2011 to 2018, including three top-ten finishes. Hungary also regularly does well with entries in Hungarian, though its most recent Hungarian entry — Joci Pápai’s “Az én apám” failed to qualify.
Other countries have taken a year off from Eurovision with impressive results on their return. Ukraine didn’t compete in 2015 due to the Crimea situation and won on their 2016 return. Likewise, Portugal didn’t compete in 2016 due to financial issues and won on their 2017 return.
It remains to be seen whether Hungary will return for another attempt in 2020.
What do you think? Will Hungary participate at Eurovision 2020? Or will we not see them in Rotterdam next year? Sound off in the comments below!