In November, Hungary‘s broadcaster MTVA confirmed it would not take part in Eurovision 2020 but that it would still run A Dal as a Hungarian song contest. Now the 30 competing acts for the revamped contest have been revealed, making Eurovision fans wonder what could have been.
Among the acts is Hungary’s Eurovision 2011 star, Kati Wolf. There is speculation that Kati entered A Dal 2020 with the intention of attempting a Eurovision comeback. But sadly the “What About My Dreams?” singer won’t have the chance as Hungary will not be sending an act to Rotterdam.
The 2020 lineup includes a few familiar names from the last Eurovision national final of A Dal. Two 2019 finalists — Bogi Nagy and Fatal Error — are back, as are other competing acts Diana, Konyha, Mocsok 1 Kölyök and Olivér Berkes.
But the 2020 edition of the contest is also missing some of the names that were familiar in previous A Dal lineups.
Eurovision 2014 star András Kállay-Saunders does not have an entry this year. There’s also no return of previous A Dal regulars Gergő Oláh, Petruska, metal band Leander Kills, or electronic duo yesyes.
Fans have also noted a large number of newcomers in the contest, suggesting that with Eurovision out of the equation, the competition is attracting a different type of artist.
And while the winner of A Dal 2020 won’t receive a ticket to Rotterdam, there will still be prizes. The winner of the revamped song contest will receive the Petofi Music Award for Song of the Year, a cash prize and will have many live performance opportunities.
A Dal 2020 – Competing artists
Listen to 30-second snippets of the competing songs on the official website.
New year, new logo
Along with the revamped contest format, A Dal also has a new logo design.
The contest previously used two different logo designs. From its launch in 2012 to the 2018 edition, the show used a magenta-coloured logo, with a large triangle “A” and “dal” written in a similar font to the Eurovision logo.
For the 2019 edition, the logo was revamped. It featured a blue background and with “A Dal 2019” enclosed by a gold triangle.
Despite the 2019 revamp, the logo has been totally transformed. The triangle is gone and “A Dal” is presented in an early 1980s style, with musical notes formed in the negative space inside the letters.
A Dal 2020 begins on 1 February 2020, with the grand final scheduled for 7 March.
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