What Is Behind Hungary’s “Decision” To Withdrawal From Eurovision?

What’s a Eurovision season without a little (or plenty) of Drama?!

This time, on the front of the biggest crises yet stands a country: Hungary.

Last week, the Hungarian broadcaster, MTVA, has published the rules for A Dal 2020 contest. unlike previous years, the 2020 contest rules didn’t mention a thing regarding the winner’s honor to represent the country at Eurovision.  that fact led the fans worldwide to a serious of speculation regarding a possible withdrawal of Hungary from the competition. Israeli Eurovision expert Alon Amir was even more “in the face” in his statements on the local media and describes the act as an “Anti LGBTQ campaign“. it is well known that the Eurovision is considered as a gay-friendly, a fact that doesn’t set foot with the last years’ changes of the Far-right politics in Hungary. Alon uses as the spokesperson for many Eurovision delegations in the past and even wrote a successful book about it  (“Three Minutes of Eternity” 2018).

For more than a week, the broadcast is avoiding form giving a clear answer on the media whether they will or won’t participate in Rotterdam.  instead, the broadcast and Duna Television decides to explain the changes in A Dal as a better option for supporting the Hungarian music industry. the winner of A Dal 2020 will get huge support in developing his musical career and the opportunity to perform on the biggest festivals of Hungary.

Until these lines are written, It is yet unclear if Hungary is really about to withdraw from the Eurovision or building a dramatic intro for an artist revelation they internally select. The confirmation window for Rorrerdam is still open until the end of November. Bulgaria’s last-minute decision to return in 2020 proves that everything is open for changes. and we love surprises!

In case the withdrawal will happen, that will be the 4th time the country “quit” the content. the last time that Hungary didn’t participate was in 2010 after they didn’t make it to the final in 2008 and 2019.  Last year representative, Joci Pápai, returned to the contest for the second time and finished 12th in the first semi-final. could that be the reason for the country’s disappointed with the contest?


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