Hungarian public broadcaster recently announced the rules for A Dal 2021. A Dal, the Hungarian music festival used as the method of choosing the country’s entry in the contest, will have nothing to do with Eurovision in 2021 either. This practically means that the country of Central Europe will be absent from the contest for the second consecutive year.
Turning to traditional values for Hungary
The xenophobic Orban government does not hide that its main priority is to support the traditional family, with the aim of increasing birth rates. At the beginning of 2019, the speech of a member of parliament of the ruling party had made an impression, where he had characterized the adoption by same-sex couples as pedophilia.
Although no official explanation has been given for the country’s departure from Eurovision to date, many have argued that it was due to the super-conservative Orban government. In fact, a journalist from a pro-government channel at an unsuspecting time had stated that Hungary’s abstention from the competition would contribute to the nation’s mental health!
The government denies the allegations
But the scale of the issue has prompted both the prime minister’s foreign policy chief and Hungary’s public television to take an official stance and refute the allegations.
Zoltan Kovacs, the prime minister’s foreign policy chief, described the reports as “fake news” and said that no member of the government had ever described the Eurovision Song Contest as described in it.
Shortly afterwards, Hungarian public television itself blamed the media for reproducing these non-existent news and once again stressed that the reason why Hungary decided to stay out of Eurovision 2020 was that it chose to support the news talents from A Dal inside the country and to allocate the expenses would have made for the contest to this support.
Abstention from Eurovision 2021 as well
The abstention from the contest, however, seems to be permanent, while there are many who say that we will have a new case of Turkey, at least as long as Orban rules.
In the announcement of the regulations of A Dal 2021, the exact same concept is foreseen as last year. That is, an A Dal, where the winner will simply have the financial and television support of Hungarian public broadcaster, to promote his work. In addition, apart from the winner, for 2021 prizes will be given to the first five, who will reach the final.
Below you can listen to the winning song of A Dal 2020, where under other circumstances would represent Hungary at Eurovision 2020: