Hungarian Television will seek for the song representing Hungary at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in a series of live shows. MTVA, the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund which is integrating the Hungarian public service media and Hungarian Television jointly held a press conference confirming their participation at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest and announced that the submission deadline for songs to compete in the national finals will be the 20th December 2011.
MTV’s channel m1 will air the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, as the company declared at its press conference on 1 December 2011 and announced a call for submissions of songs to represent Hungary at Europe’s biggest music competition.
“We will choose the Hungarian song and its performer in a series of tv-shows”, said Philip Rákay, Programme Director of MTV. He also recalled that m1 had significantly high viewing figures during the broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest in May.
Adrienne Szilágyi, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of MTVA’s Entertainment Programmes said: “MTVA and MTV await the submitted entries from Hungarian and foreign composers until 20 December 2011. They should send in audio material which will be evaluated by a pre -jury right after the submission deadline has passed.
The jury selects the songs to be performed in one of the two national semi-final shows. Four songs from each semi-final will qualify for the national final show based on the professional jury’s and the viewers’ votes. The winner of the national final gets the right to represent Hungary between the 22 und 26 May in Baku next year.
Ferenc L. Gazsó, MTVA’s Deputy Director General for Content Production emphasized: Traditionally our national main channel had been the broadcaster of the contest, next year for the 12th time. We are proud of taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest. With Kati Wolf’s participation in 2011 we could show that after the integration of the Hungarian public service media the song contest and its message reached a larger audience than ever before.”