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Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009

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Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009

Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Country  Hungary
National selection
Selection process Internal Selection
Selected entrant Zoli Ádok
Selected song "Dance With Me"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (15th)
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. The Hungarian broadcaster, Magyar Televízió (MTV), confirmed their participation in November 2008.[1]


Place Artist Song Note
1st Márk Zentai "If You Wanna Party" disqualified
2nd Kátya Tompos "Magányos csónak" withdrawn
3rd Zoli Ádok "Dance With Me" final entrant

MTV confirmed in January 2009 that an internal selection will be held to select the Hungarian entry for the 2009 contest. An open call for songs was held until 2 February, with both the performer and song being selected internally.[2][3]

On February 3, after receiving a total of 105 entries, MTV revealed that they had selected Márk Zentai to represent Hungary at the contest in Moscow, Russia, with the song "If You Wanna Party".[4][5] However, shortly after the announcement of the proposed Hungarian entry, it came to light that the song selected had been released in 2004 under the title "We Became Friends", which acted as the Swedish Big Brother theme song.[6][7] Zentai withdrew his song from the selection shortly after this news became apparent, and MTV set about finding a new entrant for the contest.[7][8]

On February 4, MTV announced that actress Kátya Tompos would replace Zentai as the Hungarian representative, competing with the song "Magányos csónak" (Lonely boat).[9][10] However the Alliance of Hungarian Popular Music Composers and Songwriters protested that they did not feel as if the jury had long enough to make a correct decision on 3 February, and were dissatisfied with the internal selection instead of a national final where the public could vote for the winner. Other claims were made as well, such as that the songwriters have to be from his or her motherland and that the jury was not professional.[11] MTV, however, stood by their decision of selecting the song internally, as well as revealing that the jury of television and music industry professionals chose the song all day long on 3 February, and that they were satisfied with the jury's decision.[11]

On 10 February, Tompos announced her withdrawal from the contest, alleging she wanted to focus on her theatre career and that she had no time to prepare her participation in Eurovision properly, because she takes part in 8 plays of 3 different theatres. The MTV jury had to convene once again to select another artist to represent Hungary at Eurovision.[1].

At Eurovision

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.[13][14][15]

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.

Points Awarded by Hungary[16]

Points Awarded to Hungary (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also


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