Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationDuna Media
National selection events
National final
  • 1994
  • 1996–1997
  • Eurovíziós Dalfesztivál
  • 2005
  • Fonogram
  • 2007 (artist)
  • Eurovíziós Dalverseny
  • 2008
  • A Dal
  • 2012–2019
Internal selection
  • 1993
  • 1995
  • 1998
  • 2007 (song)
  • 2009
  • 2011
Participation summary
Appearances17 (14 finals)
First appearance1994
Last appearance2019
Highest placement4th: 1994
External links
MTV page
Hungary's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Hungary has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times since making its debut in 1994. Hungary attempted to participate in 1993 but failed to qualify from Kvalifikacija za Millstreet, a special qualifying competition set up for seven former Eastern Bloc countries.

Hungary's first contest in 1994 remains its most successful, with Friderika Bayer finishing in fourth place. The country's only other top five result is András Kállay-Saunders' fifth-place in 2014. Their other top ten results are Magdi Rúzsa finishing ninth in 2007, ByeAlex tenth in 2013, and Joci Pápai eighth in 2017, giving Hungary a total of five top ten placements.


The country's first entry would have been "Árva reggel", performed by Andrea Szulák, in 1993, but a qualification round was installed just for former Eastern Bloc countries, and the song did not manage to qualify to the grand final. The first official participation was of "Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?", performed by Friderika Bayer, in 1994. Hungary received the maximum score of 12 points from the first three countries to vote. However, as the competition progressed, it attracted fewer votes, and finished in fourth place.

The 1995 entry was not as successful, garnering only 3 points, narrowly beating last-place Germany. In 1996 Hungary again failed to qualify when "Fortuna", performed by Gjon Delhusa did not qualify from the pre-qualification round.

Hungary withdrew after the 1998 contest. It had planned to return in 2004,[1] but ultimately did not take part in the contest. They eventually returned in 2005, where they finished in 12th place in the final with "Forogj, világ!", performed by NOX. However, Hungary withdrew again in 2006, returning in 2007 with "Unsubstantial Blues", the first Hungarian entry in English, performed by Magdi Rúzsa, the winner of the 3rd season of the Hungarian talent show Megasztár. The song came 9th in Helsinki, receiving 128 points in the final.

After coming last in the semi-final in the 2008 contest, Magyar Televízió (MTV), the Hungarian broadcaster, confirmed Hungary's participation at the 2009 contest in Moscow. After MTV's original choice was revealed to have been released before 1 October 2008, breaking contest rules, it was decided that "Dance with Me", performed by Zoltán Ádok, would be Hungary's entry, after MTV's second choice to represent Hungary declined.[2][3] The song placed 15th in the second semi-final, failing to qualify for the grand final for the second time since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004.

In October 2009, MTV confirmed that they would not participate in the 2010 contest due to financial limitations in the company which would prevent them from sending an entry to the contest in Bærum, Norway.[4] Duna TV broadcast the event live and applied for EBU membership to send a representative to Düsseldorf in 2011. However, during the EBU's 65th conference, Duna TV's bid to become an active member was rejected. In December 2010, it was confirmed that MTV had agreed to return to the 2011 edition.[5] MTV internally selected the song "What About My Dreams?", performed by Kati Wolf. The song placed 7th in the first semi-final with 72 points, and was the first entry representing Hungary to qualify for the final since 2007. In the final, the song placed 22nd with 53 points.

In 2012, MTV organised a national final, A Dal, to select the Hungarian entry for the contest in Baku. The song "Sound of Our Hearts", performed by Compact Disco, was selected. The song placed 10th in the first semi-final with 52 points, and 24th in the final with 19 points. As of 2019, A Dal has been used as the Hungarian selection process every year since.

In 2013, Hungary reached the top 10, when the song "Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)", performed by ByeAlex, placed 10th with 84 points. Hungary reached the top 5 in 2014, when the song "Running", performed by András Kállay-Saunders, placed 5th with 143 points, achieving the best result Hungary has had since their first participation in 1994.

Hungary made it to the top ten once again in 2017, when the song "Origo", performed by Joci Pápai, placed 8th with 200 points, achieving their best result in three years.

In 2019, Hungary failed to qualify for the final, therefore not appearing in a final for the first time since 2010, when the country did not participate.

Hungary did not appear on the final list of participants for the later-cancelled 2020 contest; they have been absent from the contest since.[6][7][8] MTVA stated that they would "support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly" instead of participating in the contest.[9] The withdrawal came during a rise of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment among the leadership of Hungary and MTVA; while no official reason for the withdrawal was given by the broadcaster, an inside source speaking with the website speculated that the contest was considered "too gay" for MTVA to participate.[10]

Participation overview

Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Entry selected but did not compete
Year Entrant Song Language Final Points Semi Points
Andrea Szulák "Árva reggel" Hungarian Failed to qualify[a] X 6 44
Friderika Bayer "Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?" Hungarian 4 122 No semi-finals
Csaba Szigeti "Új név egy régi ház falán" Hungarian 22 3
Gjon Delhusa "Fortuna" Hungarian Failed to qualify[a] X 23 26
V.I.P. "Miért kell, hogy elmenj?" Hungarian 12 39 No semi-finals
Charlie "A holnap már nem lesz szomorú" Hungarian 23 4
Nox "Forogj, világ" Hungarian 12 97 5 167
Magdi Rúzsa "Unsubstantial Blues" English 9 128 2 224
Csézy "Candlelight" English, Hungarian Failed to qualify 19 ◁ 6
Zoli Ádok "Dance with Me" English 15 16
Kati Wolf "What About My Dreams?" English, Hungarian 22 53 7 72
Compact Disco "Sound of Our Hearts" English 24 19 10 52
ByeAlex "Kedvesem" (Zoohacker Remix) Hungarian 10 84 8 66
András Kállay-Saunders "Running" English 5 143 3 127
Boggie "Wars for Nothing" English 20 19 8 67
Freddie "Pioneer" English 19 108 4 197
Joci Pápai "Origo" Hungarian 8 200 2 231
AWS "Viszlát nyár" Hungarian 21 93 10 111
Joci Pápai "Az én apám" Hungarian Failed to qualify 12 97


Marcel Bezençon Awards

Year Category Song Composer(s)
lyrics (l) / music (m)
Performer Final Points Host city Ref.
2007 Composer Award "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa (m) and Imre Mózsik (l) Magdi Rúzsa 9 128 Finland Helsinki

Winner by OGAE members

Year Song Performer Place Points Host city Ref.
2011 "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf 22 53 Germany Düsseldorf

Barbara Dex Award

Year Performer Host city Ref.
2009 Zoli Ádok Russia Moscow

Related involvement

Heads of delegation

Year(s) Head of delegation Ref.
20082016 Szilvia Püspök
20172019 Lőrinc Bubnó

Commentators and spokespersons

Year Commentator TV channel Spokesperson Ref.
1965 Unknown RTV Did not participate [14]
1967 No television broadcast
1968 Unknown RTV
1970 [15]
1972 No television broadcast
1973 Unknown Magyar Televízió
1974 RTV
1975 No television broadcast
1977 Unknown RTV
1979 No television broadcast
1981 Unknown MTV [16]
1982 No television broadcast
1986 István Vágó Magyar Televízió
1987 MTV1
1988 No television broadcast
1990 Unknown
1991 No television broadcast
1992 István Vágó M1
1994 M2 Iván Bradányi
1995 M1 Katalin Bogyay
1996 M2 Did not participate
1997 M1 Györgyi Albert
1998 Gábor Gundel Takács Barna Héder
19992004 No television broadcast Did not participate
2005 Zsuzsa Demcsák, András Fáber, Dávid Szántó M1 Zsuzsa Demcsák
2006 No television broadcast Did not participate
2007 Gábor Gundel Takács M1 Éva Novodomszky
2009 M1 HD
2010 Zsolt Jeszenszky Duna HD Did not participate
2011 Gábor Gundel Takács M1 HD Éva Novodomszky
2015 Duna HD Csilla Tatár
2017 Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie
2018 Bence Forró
20212022 No television broadcast Did not participate


Notes and references


  1. ^ a b Hungary attempted to qualify in 1993 when there was a pre-qualifying round for seven countries hoping to make their debut in the contest and in 1996 when there was an audio-only pre-qualifier for all countries (excluding hosts Norway). Hungary is one of only two countries (along with Romania) to have unsuccessfully attempted to participate in both 1993 and 1996. The official Eurovision site does not count either year in Hungary's list of appearances.


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