Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

Member station Duna Media Service Provider
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 16 (14 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 4th: 1994
Worst result Last: 2008 SF
External links
MTV page
Hungary's page at
For the most recent participation see
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Hungary has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 16 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.


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
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

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

Marcel Bezençon Awards

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

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

Commentators and spokespersons

Year(s) Commentator(s) Spokesperson TV channel
1993István VágóHungary did not participateM1
1994Iván BradányiM2
1995Katalin BogyayM1
1996Hungary did not participateM2
1997Györgyi AlbertM1
1998Gábor Gundel TakácsBarna Héder
19992004No television broadcastHungary did not participateN/A
2005Zsuzsa Demcsák, András Fáber, Dávid SzántóZsuzsa DemcsákM1
2006No television broadcastHungary did not participateN/A
2007Gábor Gundel TakácsÉva NovodomszkyM1
2009M1 HD
2010Zsolt JeszenszkyHungary did not participateDuna HD
2011Gábor Gundel TakácsÉva NovodomszkyM1 HD
2015Csilla TatárDuna HD
2017Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie
2018Bence Forró


All conductors are Hungarian except with a flag.

  • 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.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
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