It’s the central European nation that qualified for the Eurovision grand final on eight consecutive occasions between 2011 and 2018.
However, Joci Pápai’s failure to qualify with “Az én apám” in 2019 has sent Hungary’s Eurovision future into a tailspin.
Will Hungary withdraw from Eurovision 2020?
The signs have appeared bleak ever since broadcaster MTVA launched the annual A Dal music show and confirmed that its ties with Eurovision will be severed. Nonetheless, hope remained that an alternative selection method could be in the offing.
A blow arrived on Tuesday when esctoday.com published the following statement from MTVA.
Instead of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, we will support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly.
Duna Television will support the winner of A Dal 2020 with numerous promotional opportunities and a chance to perform on the stages of the most prestigious Hungarian festivals.
Additionally, the winner will be rewarded with a special promotion on Petőfi Radio and will receive support for the development of their music career.
This was identical to the press release MTVA previously released on Friday 25 October.
In a bid to get more clarity, wiwibloggs reached out to our contacts in the MTVA press office. Alas, they could not elaborate and only offered the same response.
Will Hungary be at Eurovision 2020?
Many have read the release and interpreted it as an official withdrawal. However, there are shades of grey.
Where in the chain of command is the statement coming from? If it’s coming from the top levels of MTVA, then indeed it reads as a withdrawal.
On the other hand, could the “we” simply relate to DUNA Television. The channel behind A Dal has been a long-time broadcaster of Eurovision. However, it is just one of several networks within the overall MTVA group. Could there be a chance that the contest will stay within MTVA but just switch channel?
We should know definitively soon enough. The initial deadline for participation at Eurovision 2020 has passed but broadcasters were able to withdraw without penalty until mid-October. The EBU is expected to release the full list of confirmed acts in early November.
How do you see it? Is Hungary out? Or is there still a chance it’ll be present in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments.