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Hungary
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Capital city Budapest
Population 10,053,000
Area 93,030 km²
Internet TLD hu
Member station MTV
Appearances
Appearances 10
First appearance 1994
Best result 4th: 1994
Worst result Last: 2008 SF

History
Hungary has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times.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.

1993


The first participation would have been Andrea Szulák’s in 1993 but a qualification round was just installed for former Eastern Bloc countries and she did not manage to qualify to the Grand Final.
lyrics

Lonesome morning
I wake up alone, you don’t embrace me, ooh
Nobody answers me, when I ask something
Nobody is here
The bed next to me is empty

Lonesome morning
You’ve left a lot of coffee for me, ooh
I still don’t believe it, but love is over now
You go to someone else
The bed next to me is empty
The bed next to me is empty

Why does the sun shine in vain for me?
I wonder why a ray of light confuses me
When suddenly a lightning comes down from a cloudy sky
Luck is fragile for me

Lonesome morning
I go to work, but nobody is waiting at home for me
The bed next to me is empty
The bed next to me is empty

Why, why, why does the sun shine in vain for me?
I wonder why a ray of light confuses me
When suddenly a lightning comes down from a cloudy sky
Luck is fragile for me

Lonesome morning
I wake up alone, you don’t embrace me
The bed next to me is empty, ooooh
The bed next to me is empty

1994


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 well ahead, however, afterwards the song got weaker votes and in the end it ended up in a credible fourth place. It made Hungary the only debuting nation to lead the voting.
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Nothing is there, only the light-less night
Only the tongue-tied distress, a vain hope
No faith, no love
No one to stroke my hand

Whom can I tell my sins
To be sure that they are forgiven?
Whom can I tell my sins, my God?

The night is cold, but there remains a longing for light
When the swallows move south
My body is chilling during that dream
While the ardour slumbers in the birds of fire

Whom can I tell my sins
To be sure that they are forgiven?
Whom can I tell my sins, my God?

It never erupts
It will stay away of the bareness
Of my blindfold eyes
My God, tell me why

Salty tears
In spite of nobody dying and no children being born

How can I tell my sins
To be sure that they are forgiven?
Whom can I tell my sins
To get rid of my heavy guilt
To sue that they are forgiven?
Whom can I tell my sins, my God?

1995


The 1995 entry was not as successful, garnering only 3 points, narrowly beating last placed Germany.
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The hall is slowly getting darker
The auditorium is already crowded
Faces down there in the semi-darkness
I’m looking, maybe you have come
But I’m afraid
Wherever you are, you’re lost in the crowd
If you are here
If I don’t see you now, I don’t know
When there will be another chance

Yesterday some friends told me
Some words about you
You went through bad times
When everything was the same
We already called you
But at the old number that I knew
Somebody else answered or nobody
Are you staying or living somewhere else?
When we meet, you have to tell me everything

A new name on the old house wall
A new year, maybe it will be easier
Another photograph on a new page of the album
A new name on the old house wall
A new year, maybe it will be easier
Otherwise everything would be more incomprehensible

A new name on the old house wall
A new year, maybe it will be easier
Another photograph on a new page of the album
A new name…

1996


In 1996 Hungary suffered another qualification lost when Gjon Delhusa’s song didn’t make it through the pre-qualification round.
lyrics

If the polar star is winking to the moon
And is sending an urgent message over Europe
Then troubadours from many cities come together
You hear how TV, radio send it far away
Dublin, Oslo, Paris, Copenhagen
The ether is burning, there’s a ball
And listening to cello are London, Budapest
Prague, Berlin, Sarajevo

Fortuna, lady of magnificent luck
Turn around the wheel of destiny several times
Fortuna, say there are still miracles
The time has an end, don’t say I still have to wait

What brings the morning? Maybe nothing, maybe everything
Young becomes old and that’s good so
But as long as you are living on this earth
You have to believe in something beautiful
Maybe one day everything will work out all right
And many heavenly wishes will come true

Fortuna, lady of magnificent luck
Turn around the wheel of destiny several times

Fortuna, lady of magnificent luck
Turn around the wheel of destiny several times
Fortuna, say there are still miracles
The time has an end, don’t say I still have to wait

1997


Hungary was represented by boyband V.I.P., with the song ‘”Miért kell, hogy elmenj?”, at the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 3 May in Dublin. “Miért kell, hogy elmenj?” was chosen as the Hungarian entry at the national final on 28 February. At the close of voting “Miért kell, hogy elmenj?” had picked up 39 points (the highest an 8 from the United Kingdom), placing Hungary joint 12th (with Greece) of the 25 entries. The Hungarian jury awarded its 12 points to contest winners the United Kingdom.
lyrics

How should I tell you that it was all real
Anything I should ask, you would not reply
You took another road, keep waiting for somebody new

Why do you have to go?
We could start all over
I feel I could do anything for you
A dream escorted me, then ended just like that

How should I tell you that it was all but a feeling
In the still of the night, you can still hear me sigh
All through your dreams, I’d watch over you

Why do you have to go?
We could start all over
I feel I could do anything for you
A dream escorted me, then ended just like that

Why do you have to go?
We could start all over
I feel I could do anything for you
A dream escorted me, then ended just like that

Why do you have to go?
We could start all over
A dream escorted me, then ended just like that
Like that

1998


Hungary was represented by Charlie, with the song “A holnap már nem lesz szomorú”, at the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 9 May in Birmingham. Hungarian broadcaster MTV chose the entry via internal selection.
Following the 1998 contest MTV took a lengthy hiatus from Eurovision participation, not returning to the contest until 2005.The song was in a blues style which had rarely been heard before at Eurovision, and had not been predicted to go down well with the televoting European public as it lacked any kind of memorable hook. At the close of voting “A holnap már nem lesz szomorú” had picked up only 4 points (2 from Norway and 1 each from France and Romania), placing Hungary 23rd of the 25 entries.
lyrics

Look, another picture has been found
I had thought it had been lost for long
You’re sitting on a terrace
The sun is going down, and it’s about to rain
In the background there are the sea and the bustling harbour

There was always music in the streets at night
Let’s go some day and see if it’s still the same
Ignore what the doctor says, it’s rubbish
I know you’ll get better again
I’m taking care of you

And you’ll dance like in the rain
And people will stare and ask who this girl may be
She’s so beautiful, we must have fallen asleep and be dreaming
And if the heavenly pilgrim
Is not so hard after all
Sadness will be over tomorrow

It’s all right, dear, throughout the years
The world has shown us so many of its different faces
You’ve always been so brave, braver than giving up hope
I know you’ll get better again
Don’t be afraid

And you’ll dance in the rain
And people will stare and ask who this girl may be
She’s so beautiful, we must have fallen asleep and be dreaming
And if the heavenly pilgrim
Is not so hard after all
Sadness will be over tomorrow
Sadness will be over tomorrow
Sadness will be over tomorrow

2005


Hungary returned to the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 after seven years of absence, with the song “Forogj, Világ” (Spin, World), performed by NOX. The song is written by Attila Valla and composed by Szabolcs Harmath.NOX was the name of an ancient goddess who was believed to be the queen of the night. Nox was probably the biggest surprise on the Hungarian pop scene in 2002.
lyrics

Spin around, world
Carry me into the light
Or I won’t live tomorrow
Your wild night kills me
Although it is waiting for me with a kiss

Don’t hurt me, world
Don’t hug, don’t feel
Your love hurts more
Don’t play, world
Let me go if a happy land calls

Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I want to be somewhere else for a long time
Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I don’t see any light, I won’t wait for it

Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I disappear in the sky or on the ground somewhere
Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
That’s how every sorrow can turn into a dream

Spin around, world
I’m cold in the dark
You are at the end of all hope
Crazy world
You flame up, but turn into ice

Don’t hurt me, world
I’m not walking on your path
Don’t ask, don’t call, don’t see me
Don’t regret it, world
All the other hearts are yours

Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I want to be somewhere else for a long time
Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I don’t see any light, I won’t wait for it

Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
I disappear in the sky or on the ground somewhere
Hay nana nana na, hay nana nana na
That’s how every sorrow can turn into a dream

2007


Hungary has returned to Eurovision in 2007 and the winner of the category “Newcomer of the Year” at the Fonogram Hungarian Music Awards represented Hungary. A jury selected 6 acts then televoting decided the winner. Magdi Rúzsa represented Hungary at Eurovision, singing “Unsubstantial Blues”. She made it into the final of the contest, where she performed her song eighth, following Slovenia and preceding Lithuania. She finished the contest in ninth place with 128 points. In the semi-final she performed twenty-second and came 2nd with 224 points.
lyrics

How many times have you fooled me and denied that
It’s her who you love, and it sure isn’t me?
So now that it’s over, I’ll try and take it sober
Leave questions unasked, remember us laughing at the broken past
God, if I could make it on without you

You’re such a casual man, oh, wavin’ an empty hand
I’m helpless and I’m lonely without you
Yes, you’re a casual man, lendin’ an empty hand
Left me breathless with nothing more to lose

I used to dream we’d take it nice and easy
Get jobs, settle down in Jameson Town
If now you could see me, you’d think twice about leaving
You said forever is the time you gonna spend around

So why did you leave me?
And why should I believe it?
You say goodbye
Oh, why, oh… why you leave me?
Said, why?

You’re such a casual man, oh, wavin’ an empty hand
I’m helpless and I’m lonely without you
You’re such a casual man, lendin’ an empty hand
Left me breathless with nothing more to lose

Casual man, lendin’ an empty hand
Left me breathless with nothing more to lose
Except an evanescent unsubstantial blues

2008


Hungarian national final was held on February 8, 2008. MTV chose 15 artists (out of 30) to perform their song on Hungarian National Final. The winner was Csézy with the song “Szívverés”. Three days later the new english version “Candlelight” was published.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.
lyrics

Weeks go by, summer scents expire
Autumn leaves, memories, an untold desire
It burns in me, waiting patiently
Never sleeps or tires, but grows by the hour

Come and wake me from this lonely place
All I want is you
If you take me to the stars and back
I will know my dream is true

I will fly tonight, forever keep you in my heart
Make it feel so right when you love me by sweet
Candlelight, hold me till the morning shine
All my fears subside when I look into your eyes

So step inside and place your hand into mine
What you are is a blessing to my life

Well, my lord, please be with me now
Send him to me
I don’t care for how long
But it is so good waiting for him

I will fly tonight, forever keep you in my heart
Make it feel so right when you love me by sweet
Candlelight, hold me till the morning shine
All my fears subside when I look into your eyes

When I look into your eyes, in your eyes
When I look into your eyes

2009


Hungary participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The Hungarian broadcaster, Magyar Televízió (MTV), confirmed their participation in November 2008.Since Hungary is not one of the “Big Four” nor was it the host of the 2009 contest, it had to compete in one of the two semi-finals. At the semi-final allocation draw on 30 January, it was decided that the country would compete in the second semi-final on 14 May 2009.Zoli performed for Hungary in position 11 in the running order, following Slovenia and preceding Azerbaijan. He failed to qualify Hungary to the final for a second successive year.
lyrics

I see it in your eyes, you wanna dance with me tonight
It’s rainin’ on your body as you’re puttin’ up a fight
The way you’re moving, how you groove is somewhere out of sight
You know it’s only fair to tell you that you do it right

Now with a little luck, I’m gonna meet you on the dance floor
Just by the way you move, you make me beg for more
I’m burning with desire, it’s the night I’ve waited for

Don’t you lose your emotion
Don’t you be shy tonight
Let the rhythm show you
Baby, you can do it right
Alright tonight

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

Just yesterday we were on the floor
Like somewhere in a movie or a club in Singapore
The lights are bright, the mood is raw
And in the middle of the night, we dance till we get sore

And in the middle of the night, I’ll meet you on the dancefloor
Gonna make it, move your body, beg for more
With a rhythm and a beat, I’ll rock you to the core

Don’t you lose your emotion
Don’t you be shy tonight
Let the rhythm show you
Baby, you can do it right
Alright tonight

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

(Dance with me)
(Dance, dance, dance with me)
(Dance with me)

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

2011


Hungary returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, after previously entering in 2009 with Zoli Ádok singing “Dance with me”, placing fifteenth in the second semi-final.
lyrics

I see it in your eyes, you wanna dance with me tonight
It’s rainin’ on your body as you’re puttin’ up a fight
The way you’re moving, how you groove is somewhere out of sight
You know it’s only fair to tell you that you do it right

Now with a little luck, I’m gonna meet you on the dance floor
Just by the way you move, you make me beg for more
I’m burning with desire, it’s the night I’ve waited for

Don’t you lose your emotion
Don’t you be shy tonight
Let the rhythm show you
Baby, you can do it right
Alright tonight

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

Just yesterday we were on the floor
Like somewhere in a movie or a club in Singapore
The lights are bright, the mood is raw
And in the middle of the night, we dance till we get sore

And in the middle of the night, I’ll meet you on the dancefloor
Gonna make it, move your body, beg for more
With a rhythm and a beat, I’ll rock you to the core

Don’t you lose your emotion
Don’t you be shy tonight
Let the rhythm show you
Baby, you can do it right
Alright tonight

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

(Dance with me)
(Dance, dance, dance with me)
(Dance with me)

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

Come on, dance with me, make me lose my way
Take a chance with me, make my body sway
It’s an overload in a disco fantasy
Let’s dance the night away

2011


Hungary returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany, after previously entering in 2009 with Zoli Ádok singing “Dance with me”.On 7 March 2011, MTV announced, that they will select their entry for Düsseldorf internally.On 9 March 2011, MTV officially presented Kati Wolf as the Hungarian representative in Germany with the song: “What about my dreams?”.
Hungary started their Eurovision campaign with Kati Wolf being selected from the National Final. Hungary drew starting position 15 for the first semi final on May 10, 2011. The song “What About My Dreams?” drew a positive reaction from the crowd during her performance in the first semi. After voting Hungary earned a spot in the final with 7th place and 72 points. After the semi-final, Hungary drew position 5 for the grand final and earned 22nd place with 53 points.
lyrics

I always stood behind you, always close
Stood by your side, no matter what the cost
And I always was there for you when you called
Should I live all my life for only your cause?

What about my life? What about my dreams?
What about how I feel? What about my needs?
I can’t hold back, I can’t go back, I must be free
What about how I feel? What about my life?

(I can’t) Can’t
(Hold back) Back
(No more)
(I can’t) I can’t
(Hold back) Hold back
(No more)

Tíz lépés, száz lépés távolság kell
Nem számít merre csak el, tőled el
Mit mondhatnál, mit mondhatnék
Elkoptunk rég, szemeinkből nézd, hova tűnt a fény?

What about my life? What about my dreams?
What about how I feel? What about my needs?
I can’t hold back, I can’t go back, I must be free
What about how I feel? What about my life?

(I can’t hold back) Gonna live my dreams
(I won’t go back) Oh, my dreams
(I need to be all I can be) Gonna live my life
(I can’t hold back) I can’t go back
(I won’t go back) I must be free
(I need to be all I can be) What about my dreams?

2012


Compact Disco is a Hungarian electronic rock band and musical producer quartet based in Budapest, founded in 2008 by three musicians of varying musical backgrounds. The band represented Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan.They performed in the first semi-final finishing in 10th place to qualify for the Eurovision final where it finished 24th of 26 entrants.
lyrics

The whole big world is just one place
You can say it’s all the same
You may feel hatreds it sows
We can show it’s no way to go

This is the sound of our hearts, if you listen
This is a zeal from above and it can say it all
This is a fever they can’t take away
This is the sound of… the sound of… the sound of our hearts

The sound of our hearts
The sound of our hearts

Harmony can be achieved
Just find some way to get connected
Differences may not be wrong
They enrich the things that we know

Different faiths, different views
All we can do is to turn them in key

This is the sound of our hearts, if you listen
This is a zeal from above and it can say it all
This is a fever they can’t take away
This is the sound of… the sound of… the sound of…

This is the sound of our hearts, if you listen
This is a zeal from above and it can say it all
This a fever they can’t take away
This is the sound of… the sound of… the sound of our hearts

The sound of our hearts
The sound of our hearts

Flagthe real results

country year singer song pts position
Hungary 1993 Andrea Szulak Arva reggel dq 26
Hungary 1994 Friderika Kinek Mondjam El Vetkeimet 122 4
Hungary 1995 Csaba Szigeti Uj Nev A Regi Haz Falan 3 22
Hungary 1996 Gjon Delhusa Fortuna dq 24
Hungary 1997 V.I.P. Miért Kell, Hogy Elmenj? 39 12
Hungary 1998 Charlie A Holnap Már Nem Lesz Szomorú 4 23
Hungary 2005 Nox Forogj Vilag 97 12
Hungary 2007 Magdi Rúzsa Unsubstantial Blues 128 9
Hungary 2008 Csezy Candlelight 6 42
Hungary 2009 Adok Zoli Dance With Me 16 33
Hungary 2011 Kati Wolf What about my dreams 53 22
Hungary 2012 Compact Disco Sound of our hearts 19 24
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