Eurovíziós Dalverseny 2008: Magyarországi döntő
Hungarian national final was held on February 8, 2008. MTV chose 15 artists (out of 30) to perform their song on Hungarian National Final.
Every artists had to send the song in Hungarian and in English as well, so all of the songs in NF were in Hungarian, but the winner was sung in English in Serbia. The hosts were Éva Novodomszky and Levente Harsányi.
The jury gave 1 to 10 points to the songs, and the televoting also made a rank for the songs. The first song on each list got 15 points. The total score decided the winner. In case of a tie, the televotes decided.
The winner was Csézy with the song "Szívverés". Three days later the new English version "Candlelight" was published.
Song (English translation)
"Van aki nyer" (Somebody Wins)
"Lesz, ki téged hazavár" (Someone Will Wait For You)
In previous years, if a country placed in the top 10 countries in the final they automatically qualified to the final of the next contest. Had this rule remained for the 2008 contest, Hungary would have directly qualified for the final. However, a change in rules due to the large intake of countries participating in the contest meant that only five countries, the host country and the Big 4 countries, would automatically qualify to the final. As such, Hungary were forced to compete in one of the two semi-finals of the 2008 contest in Serbia.
She competed in the second semi-final on May 22, performing fifteenth. She placed nineteenth and last with six points, getting four points from Serbia, one from Georgia and one from Denmark.