Hungary’s former Eurovision Head of Delegation, Lőrinc Bubnó (2017–2019), recently sat down to take part in an interview series called ‘Humans of Eurovision‘. In the video he is interviewed by another former Head of Delegation, (Jans Bors, Czech Republic), to discuss his experience of the Eurovision Song Contest.
He speculates about two mains reason for Hungary’s withdrawal from the contest:
“Participating in Eurovision costs a lot of money…if they have to cut something, it was pretty sure that they were going to cut this“.
Though he does add that it is worth the money and pales in comparison to the cost of production of a national selection.
“Hungarians still need some time I think to be prepared like Western Europe for the LGBTQ community…this has pretty much been a stigma in the whole post-socialist countries and I think that’s something that we all struggle with. We still need a few generation for this to tilt back in place“.
Other takeaways from the interview:
The full interview can be watched below. Hungary participated in the contest 19 times achieving 5 top ten finishes. Would you like to see Hungary returning to Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!