Introducing 2011: Hungary

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 43 entries in random order. We are half way through and part thirty-six of the series is dedicated to the Hungarian entry.

Basic information

Performer: Kati Wolf
Song: What about my dreams?
Language: English & Hungarian
Music: Viktor Rakonczai, GergÅ� Rácz
Lyrics: Péter Geszti, Johnny K. Palmer

15th in the first semi final

The song

What about my dreams? is an up-tempo dance pop song. Through the lyrics, the protagonist tells that she is going to quit a relationship because she has finally opened her eyes to her own needs after keeping some else grounded for a long time:

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 cant hold back, I cant go back, I must be free

The performer

Kati Wolf, whose full name is Katalin Wolf, became popular in Hungary when she sang the theme song of a cartoon series as a child. Afterwards, she went to music school where she graduated from as a vocal teacher. In 2009, she released her debut album Wolf-áramlat but her major breakthrough came in 2010, when she competed in The X-Factor in Hungary. She reached the finals of the show. Afterwards, a live album including her performances on the show was released.

The singer was chosen internally to represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with her debut single Szerelem, mért múlsz?, which had already reached the airplay charts. In Düsseldorf, she will perform the English/Hungarian version of the song entitled What about my dreams?.

The songwriters

What about my dreams? was written by Viktor Rakonczai (music), GergÅ� Rácz (music), Péter Geszti (lyrics) and Johnny K. Palmer (lyrics). Viktor Rakonczai is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest as there are already two Hungarian entries on his account: In 1997, he composed the song Miért kell, hogy elmenj? for V.I.P. and it finished 12th in Dublin. In 2008, he composed Candlelight for Csézy and he also appeared as a pianist on stage. The only finished last in the second semi final in Belgrade. GergÅ� Rácz was a member of the group V.I.P. and he was also one of Csézy's backing singers.

The national selection

For the second time in a row, both singer and song were chosen internally.

Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

Having not qualified from the Eastern Europe semi final in 1993, Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and achieved its best result to date finishing fourth. Lower placings and an elimination in the 1996 internal semi final followed and the country did not return in 2000 after its relegation in 1999. In 2005 Hungary came back, withdrew again but returned for the 2007 and 2008 contests. In 2009 they did not make it past the second semi final, where they finished last. In 2010 they took another break from the contest.


Not counting the failed attempts in 1993 and 1996, this willbe Hungary's tenth participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. For the third time the country is represented by a female solo performer. After their first full-English song in 2009, Hungary returns to some lyrics in Hungarian this year.

What about my dreams? is the 15th song to be performed in the first semi final. It is preceeded by the mid-tempo folk pop song from Iceland and it is followed by the comedy protest song from Portugal. An advantage might therefore be the fact that the Hungarian entry is performed in the middle of less mainstream songs. In 2008, Hungary was also drawn 15th in the second semi final but finished last while in 2005 they had already qualified from that position.

Magyarországnak és az Wolf Katinak sok szerencsét és jó eredményt kívánunk Düsseldorfban!


Live song presentation:

The preview video:

Vuk dala (1981):

Performing From Sarah with love in X-Factor:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Albanian entry.

Previous parts of the series:

  1. Estonia
  2. Italy
  3. Croatia
  4. Slovakia
  5. Lithuania
  6. Finland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Ukraine
  9. Norway
  10. Moldova
  11. Belgium
  12. Azerbaijan
  13. Ireland
  14. Portugal
  15. Austria
  16. Latvia
  17. France
  18. Bosnia & Herzegovina
  19. Romania
  20. Sweden
  21. Bulgaria
  22. Armenia
  23. Denmark
  24. Cyprus
  25. Spain
  26. Belarus
  27. San Marino
  28. Malta
  29. Germany
  30. Georgia
  31. Greece
  32. Iceland
  33. Serbia
  34. Turkey
  35. Netherlands

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