Hungary’s national broadcaster,, MTVA, announced today that it will prolong the period of A dal submissions , the country’s national selection process for Eurovision 2019.

Submission period kicked off on October 30 and according to the initial deadline it was set to expire on November 8. Due to great interest it was decided to extend the deadline for one week, until November 15

Alongside with the winner, two more awards will be given at national final night: one for the best lyrics and one for the best new act revealed during the process. Of course the winner of the A Dal final will represent the country in the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest. 

The Eurovision Story So Far

The Hungarians made an attempt to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. They participated in the special prelimary semi-final in Ljubiana with Andrea Szulak‘s Arva reggel. The country failed to win one of the three spots that led to Millstreet in Ireland.

In 1994 the country finally debuted in the contest with Friderika Bayer and her song Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet achieving a 4th place in Dublin, which is the Hungary’s best placing up to date. In 1999 the country withdrew from the contest and came back after a six years break, in 2005. In its 16 participations has achieved 6 top 10 placings, specifically:  4th in 1994, 5th in 2014, 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2007 and 10th in 2013.

In 2018 the winners of its traditional national selection A Dal, Rock band AWS represented the country in  Lisbon with their entry Viszlat Nyar. The band achieved a 21st placing in the Grand Final.