They’re the Hungarian musical duo who won A Dal 2020. But while Gergő Rácz & Reni Orsovai would not have represented Hungary at Eurovision 2020, the pair has picked up another honour. Two months on from winning A Dal, their single “Mostantól” is still topping the Top 40 chart on national radio network Magyar Rádió.
Nineteen weeks on from its release, the duo’s song “Mostantól” — Hungarian for “From Now On” — has not been shifted from its number-one position in the weekly top 40. And that’s a record for Hungary.
As well, the song’s official music video has 19.55 million views, narrowing in on the 20 million mark. This makes it the second most popular music video of an A Dal winner, beaten only by Joci Papai’s music video for “Origo”. That song — which was Hungary’s entry at Eurovision 2017 — has over 26.14 million views.
The “Mostantól” music video is also more popular than most music videos for Eurovision 2020 acts, topped only by Russia’s Little Big who have over 108.76 million views for “Uno” and Italy’s Diodati with 35.55 views for “Fai rumore”.
Singer and songwriter Gergő Rácz said after he had written the song, he felt like it was one of his best efforts. Of the chart success, he says, “It feels really good to get such clear feedback.” But he also promises that his future releases won’t be a rehash of “Mostantól”, saying “I’m not the kind of creative person who likes to repeat the same thing.”
His duet partner Reni Orsovai shared the excitement, saying “I never in my dreams would have thought that a song I sing in would achieve such success. I watch in amazement every time and it fills me with great joy.”
Gergő may be familiar to Eurovision fans as being part of the boy band V.I.P. They represented Hungary at Eurovision 1997 — which was recently revisited as part of the #EurovisionAgain series. The boyband placed 12th with the smooth track “Miért kell, hogy element?”
Gergő returned to Eurovision in 2008 where he sang backing vocals on Csézy’s song “Candlelight”.
Hungary turns away from Eurovision
But despite the duo’s A Dal success with a three-minute song, Gergő and Reni wouldn’t have a chance to take it to Eurovision.
In November 2019, Hungary’s MTVA was not on the list of confirmed participating broadcasters for Eurovision 2020. 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 with Eurovision 2020 now cancelled, Hungary would not have been able to compete at Eurovision even if they had wanted to. MTVA did not screen Eurovision 2020 replacement show Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light.
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