Country Of The Month: Hungary Part 1

Introduction

We decided to continue our new series of articles “Country Of The Month” with Hungary. In a period of four weeks, we are going to remind you of the best Hungarian entries. Note: we selected the entries not by their place in their final, but by their impact on the fans.

Hungary in the Eurovision 🇭🇺

Hungary debuted at the contest in 1994. Since then, the country has participated 17 times, missing the event nine times – 1996, 1999-2004, 2010. The first years, the country suffered from pour results. That’s was the reason for their absence in a couple of contest. Their last 2010 withdrawal was due to financial reasons.

The country has qualified from the semifinals 14 out of the 17 times. Failing in 2008, 2009 and more recently in 2019. Its worst result came in 2008, finishing last (19) in the semifinal. On the other hand, its best result (4th) came in 1994 with its debut.

Kati Wolf – What about my dreams?

In 2011, Hungary chose Kati Wolf to represent it in the 56th Eurovision Song Contest. Kati Wolf was selected along with the song “What about my dreams?” through an internal selection. This is the last time until today that the country selected internally. Since 2012, “A Dal” (meaning The Song) is used as a national final. It is noteworthy that is a very successful selection method, having 7 out of its 8 winners qualified from the semis.

The song “What about my dreams?”, was composed by Viktor Rakonczai, Gergő Rácz, Johnny K. Palmer and Péter Geszti. The song is bilingual with its lyrics in English and Hungarian. At the end of the night, the song placed 22nd among 25 songs, with 53 points. The song had qualified to the final coming 7th in its semi with 72 points.

Kati Wolf was born on 24th of September 1974. Her full-name is Karolina Wolf. She came into public’s attention through her participation in the Hungarian version of X-Factor, where she was a finalist. A year later, was selected from the public television of her country to represent it to the contest. In 2015, she tried to do it again, by competing in the national final. She managed to reach the final of A Dal, but not the super final.

I selected this entry because of the positive feedback it got from the fans. The song finished 1st at the OGAE pre-contest.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Hungary? Let us know in the comment box below.

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