Earlier this month, there was fan speculation that Hungary would return to Eurovision 2022 and the national song contest A Dal would again serve as the national final. However, this was incorrect. The official rules of A Dal 2022 have now been released — and there’s no mention of the contest being connected to Eurovision.
Broadcaster MTVA has opened submissions for A Dal 2021 and has released the rules for entry. There is much in common with standard Eurovision rules — artists must be at least 16 years old, songs must be no more than three minutes long, no animals are allowed on stage.
But unlike other national song contests, the winner of A Dal 2022 won’t win the ticket to represent their country at Eurovision. The rules are clear that the main prize of A Dal 2022 will remain as winning the Petőfi Music Award.
While Hungary could still compete at Eurovision 2022 by selecting their act through another method, given Hungary’s withdrawal in 2020, it seems likely they will be taking another year off.
Hungary’s withdrawal in 2020
Prior to 2020, the A Dal rules explicitly confirmed that the winner of A Dal would also go on to represent Hungary at Eurovision. But since 2020, this has been dropped, replaced with the Petőfi Music Award prizes and other perks.
MTVA did not give a specific reason for why they were withdrawing from Eurovision 2020 but said that instead of doing Eurovision, they “will support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly.”
However, after speculation in foreign press that Hungary had withdrawn from Eurovision over the presence of LGBTQ performers, the broadcaster issued a strongly worded statement saying this was not the case.
A Dal 2020 went ahead without the Eurovision connection. And despite it suffering from low viewership, things turned out well for the winners. Hungary’s Eurovision 1997 singer Gergo Rácz along with Reni Orsovai won A Dal 2020 with their song “Mostantól”. The song broke records, spending 19 weeks at No.1 on Hungarian radio.
The 2021 edition of the contest was won by the veteran group Kaukázus with their soft rock song “Egyetlen szó”
Hungary’s history of Eurovision breaks
Hungary 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.
While it remains to be seen whether Hungary will eventually return to Eurovision, many fans eagerly await a Hungarian comeback.
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