Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Hungary as a participant in the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

Back in 1993, Hungary took on the eastern preliminary decision in Ljubljana in part, the singer Andrea reached with her song Árva reggel the sixth place among seven participants and therefore did not qualify for Millstreet. Hungary took part in 1994 for the first time in the finals and handed through to 1998, with each contributing a competition. In 1996, the difference in the internal qualifying round with the singer and the title Fortuna Gjon Delhusa next seven other countries. In the years 1999 to 2004 were abandoned for budgetary reasons to participate, as in 2006, after a brief return in 2005. 2007 Hungary returned again to the competition. 2008 did not make it Csézy with candlelight to the finals, as well as in 2009 Zoli ADOK with Dance with Me in 2010 took over the country due to financial constraints do not participate. Since 2011, take part again regularly and always reached the final in 2013 where even the Top Ten.

Success in competition

In the first participation in 1994 Hungary reached in 1994 his best result, namely a fourth place with the singer Friderika Bayer and the title Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? . At the beginning of the rating it looked for a Hungarian victory, since the contribution of the first three voting countries each received the highest rating of twelve points. In the following years, the country could not build on the success - 1995 landed the suffering from a severe cold Csaba Szigeti second to last place, Charlie 1998 on the third last. Upon returning in 2005, the group Nox with the song Forogj could világ in the semifinals in fifth place for the finals qualify, in which they reached, however, only the twelfth place, which is the ninth of the ten semi-final qualifiers. 2007 managed Magdi Rúzsa to second place in the semifinals, the finals she reached then, however, only the ninth position; Hungary was thus the fifth most successful country in the semifinals. After two less successful participations in 2008 and 2009, the country reached the finals in 2011 and 2012, respectively positioned itself but beyond 20th place in 2013, Hungary reached Kedvesem even space 10 and thus its total third top - ten finish at the ESC.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.


The four initial participation of Hungary fell into the time when each country in its respective language had to sing. In 2005, the Hungarian contribution was sung in Hungarian. 2007 unsubstantial blues was the first post in English, even if the original - written by the singer - was in Hungarian. The same applies for 2008 and (where in the version at Song Contest were sung a few lines in Hungarian) and 2009. Upon returning in 2011 the song was up on the bridge in the local language entirely in English. 2012 and 2014 was again sung only in English, the only completely sung in Hungarian contribution was there Kedvesem in 2013. Among the contributions of the years 1994, 1997, 1998 and 2005 were respectively recorded in English. The English version of Forogj, világ was only about a year after the competition.

National preliminaries

1993, 1994, 1996 and 1997 a national Trials on TV took place, which included each between twelve and nineteen participants. Upon returning in 2005 as in 2008, there was a preliminary decision. 2007 Magdi Rúzsa was selected during a music awards ceremony via telephone vote of seven artists as the favorite, the song was determined internally by the Hungarian Television. As of 2012, the show was A Dal (Eng. " The Song") introduced and includes since 2013 in addition to two semifinals three quarterfinal rounds. 1995, 1998, 2009 and 2011 singers and song were nominated directly.



Active members: Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Estonia | Finland | France | Georgia | Greece | Ireland | Iceland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Malta | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Austria | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Sweden | Switzerland | Slovenia | Spain | Ukraine | Hungary | United Kingdom | Belarus |

Inactive participating countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Luxembourg | Morocco | Monaco | Serbia | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Turkey | Cyprus

Former Participating countries: Andorra | Yugoslavia | Serbia and Montenegro

Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

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