The broadcaster responsible for Hungary’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, Duna TV, have given their strongest indication yet of a withdrawal from Eurovision 2020 to our colleagues at esctoday.
When approached for statement, the Hungarian channel suggested that the focus would instead be on cultivating Hungarian music in a domestic setting and that A Dal would give the winning artist the opportunity for local success.
The statement in full reads as follows:
“Instead of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020, we will support the valuable productions created by the talents of Hungarian pop music directly.
Duna Television will support the winner of A Dal 2020 with numerous promotional opportunities and a chance to perform on the stages of the most prestigious Hungarian festivals.
Additionally, the winner will be rewarded with a special promotion on Petőfi Radio and will receive support for the development of their music career.”
Hungary has been present in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2011, when they returned from a year out in 2010. Since their previous return, the Central European nation had qualified every year except in 2019, when Joci Pápai could not repeat his success in Kyiv in 2017.
We will still cover A Dal 2020 and look forward to hearing the participants. Should the Hungarian broadcaster withdraw, we would wish for a speedy and successful return to the contest in 2021!
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