On Saturday night, when Eurovision fans were embroiled in Scandi drama and Iberian intrigue, Hungary was off doing its own thing. The grand final of A Dal 2020 was held and Hungary decided the act who won’t be going to Eurovision 2020. Gergő Rácz & Reni Orsovai won with the duet “Mostantól”.
While A Dal 2020 no longer serves as Hungary’s Eurovision national final, the show kept the familiar A Dal format with three heats, two semi-finals and the grand final. The contest was retooled and instead of giving the winner the ticket to Rotterdam, they instead received the Petofi Music Award for Song of the Year, a cash prize and will have many live performance opportunities.
The grand final was won by Gergő Rácz & Reni Orsovai won with their duet “Mostantól” (“From Now On”).
From Eurovision selection to Hungarian song excellence
The A Dal grand final result was decided from two rounds of voting. After the eight finalists performed their songs, the expert jury voted and from their votes alone the top four acts then progressed to the super final. The four super finalists were: Gergő Rácz & Reni Orsovai with “Mostantól”, Márk Ember with “Tovább”, Nene with “Későre Jár” and Turbo with “Iránytű”.
The four superfinalists then faced a second round of voting determined entirely by the public vote. The people of Hungary voted “Mostantól” their favourite song.
Gergo Rácz & Reni Orsovai – “Mostantól” (A Dal 2020)
Gergő may be familiar to Eurovision fans as being part of the boy band V.I.P. They represented Hungary at Eurovision 1997, where they placed 12th with the smooth track “Miért kell, hogy element?” He returned to Eurovision in 2008 where he sang backing vocals on Csézy’s song “Candlelight”.
Gergő came close to returning to Eurovision in 2014. He was part of the a cappella group Fool Moon who made the A Dal 2014 superfinal with “It Can’t Be Over”. Gergő was also one of the writers behind Kati Wolf’s 2011 Eurovision track “What About My Dreams?”
Reni Orsovai was a busy person at the A Dal grand final. As well as singing with Gergő, she was part of another act. Reni sang with the group Nene who competed with the pop-rock track “Későre jár” and also made the superfinal.
Reni and Gergő performed two versions of “Mostantól” at A Dal. In the semi-final, they performed the arrangement from the studio version, accompanied by a sophisticated interpretive dance routine. In the semi-final and grand final, they delivered a stripped-down acoustic performance.
In November 2019, Hungary’s MTVA was not on the list of participating broadcasters for Eurovision 2020. However, MTVA did not give a reason for its withdrawal from Eurovision, simply saying that it would instead directly support Hungary’s local pop music.
But despite Hungary’s withdrawal from Eurovision 2020, many fans are considering “Mostantól” to be Hungary’s unofficial selection for Eurovision 2020. As the song is under three minutes and was released after 1 September 2019, it would technically be eligible as a Eurovision entry. However, as Hungary does not have a participating broadcaster for Eurovision 2020, sending the song to Rotterdam is not a possibility.
What do you think? How would “Mostantól” have done in the Eurovision 2020 lineup? Should Hungary return to Eurovision 2021? Sound off below!