Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationDuna Media Service Provider
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances17 (14 finals)
First appearance1994
Best result4th: 1994
Worst resultLast: 2008 SF
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 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 Andrea Szulák's in 1993 but a qualification round was installed just for former Eastern Bloc countries and she did not manage to qualify to the Grand Final. The first real participation was of Friderika Bayer in 1994. After three rounds of voting the Hungarian entry had taken the top marks each time and was in contention to win. However, as the competition progressed it attracted fewer votes, though it still ended up in a credible fourth place. This made Hungary the only debuting nation to lead the voting.

The 1995 entry was not as successful, garnering only 3 points, narrowly beating last placed Germany. In 1996 Hungary suffered another qualification lost when Gjon Delhusa's song didn't make it through the pre-qualification round.

Hungary began a hiatus from the competition after the 1998 contest, returning in 2005 when they reached a 12th place in the final with NOX. Hungary however announced not to participate again in 2006, although it returned to the contest in 2007 with Magdi Rúzsa, the winner of the 3rd season of the Hungarian talent show Megasztár. She came 9th in Helsinki with her song "Unsubstantial Blues", the first Hungarian entry in English, 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 Russia.[1] After MTV's original choice was revealed to have been released before 1 October 2008, breaking contest rules, it was decided that Zoltán Ádok would be Hungary's next Eurovision entrant, performing "Dance with Me", after MTV's second choice to represent Hungary declined.[2][3] Ádok eventually finished 15th in the second semi-final, failing to qualify Hungary to the grand final for the second time.

On 22 October 2009, MTV confirmed that they would withdraw from the 2010 Eurovision due to financial limitations in the company which prevent them from sending a Hungarian entry to the contest in Bærum, Norway.[4] Duna TV broadcast the event live in 2010 and applied for EBU membership to send a representative to Germany in 2011, however during the EBU's 65th conference they rejected Duna TV's bid to become an active member.

On 27 December 2010, it was confirmed that MTV had agreed to return to the 2011 edition.[5] On 22 May 2011, MTV confirmed their 2012 participation.[6]

In 2013, Hungary made it to the Top 10, when ByeAlex reached the 10th place with "Kedvesem". They achieved even more success in 2014, when András Kállay-Saunders reached the 5th place with his song "Running", 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 Joci Pápai reached the 8th place with "Origo", achieving their best result in three years.

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


Table key
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
Year Artist Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993a Andrea Szulák Hungarian "Árva reggel" Failed to qualify 6 44
1994 Friderika Bayer Hungarian "Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?" 4 122 No semi-finals
1995 Csaba Szigeti Hungarian "Új név a régi ház falán" 22 3
1996a Gjon Delhusa Hungarian "Fortuna" Failed to qualify 23 26
1997 V.I.P. Hungarian "Miért kell, hogy elmenj?" 12 39 No semi-finals
1998 Charlie Hungarian "A holnap már nem lesz szomorú" 23 4
Did not participate between 1999 and 2004
2005 NOX Hungarian "Forogj, világ!" 12 97 5 167
2006 Did not participate
2007 Magdi Rúzsa English "Unsubstantial Blues" 9 128 2 224
2008 Csézy English, Hungarian "Candlelight" Failed to qualify 19 6
2009 Zoli Ádok English "Dance with Me" 15 16
2010 Did not participate
2011 Kati Wolf English, Hungarian "What About My Dreams?" 22 53 7 72
2012 Compact Disco English "Sound of Our Hearts" 24 19 10 52
2013 ByeAlex Hungarian "Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)" 10 84 8 66
2014 András Kállay-Saunders English "Running" 5 143 3 127
2015 Boggie English "Wars for Nothing" 20 19 8 67
2016 Freddie English "Pioneer" 19 108 4 197
2017 Joci Pápai Hungarian "Origo" 8 200 2 231
2018 AWS Hungarian "Viszlát nyár" 21 93 10 111
2019 Joci Pápai Hungarian "Az én apám" Failed to qualify 12 97
a. ^ 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.

Voting history[edit]

As of 2018, Hungary's voting history is as follows:

Marcel Bezençon Awards[edit]

Composer Award

Year Song Composer(s)
Lyrics (l) / Music (m)
Performer Final
Points Host city
2007 "Unsubstantial Blues" Magdi Rúzsa (m) and Imre Mózsik (l) Magdi Rúzsa 9th 128 Helsinki

Winner by OGAE members[edit]

Year Song Performer Final Result Points Host city
2011 "What About My Dreams?" Kati Wolf 22nd 53 Düsseldorf

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year(s) Commentator(s) Spokesperson TV channel
1993 István Vágó Hungary did not participate M1
1994 Iván Bradányi M2
1995 Katalin Bogyay M1
1996 Hungary did not participate M2
1997 Györgyi Albert M1
1998 Gábor Gundel Takács Barna Héder
19992004 No television broadcast Hungary did not participate N/A
2005 Zsuzsa Demcsák, András Fáber, Dávid Szántó Zsuzsa Demcsák M1
2006 No television broadcast Hungary did not participate N/A
2007 Gábor Gundel Takács Éva Novodomszky M1
2009 M1 HD
2010 Zsolt Jeszenszky Hungary did not participate Duna HD
2011 Gábor Gundel Takács Éva Novodomszky M1 HD
2015 Csilla Tatár Duna HD
2017 Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie
2018 Bence Forró


All conductors are Hungarian except with a flag.

  • Slovenia Petar Ugrin (1993 pre-selection)
  • Péter Wolf (1994, 1997)
  • Miklós Malek (1995, 1998)[7]



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  2. ^ Klier, Marcus (2009-02-10). "Hungary: Kátya Tompos withdraws from Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (2009-02-23). "Hungary: Zoli Adok to Eurovision". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-07-25.
  4. ^ Hondal, Victor (2009-10-22). "Hungary withdraws from Eurovision Song Contest". ESCToday. Retrieved 2009-10-22.
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2011-05-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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