Kátya Tompos died at the age of 41

Hungarian songstress Kátya Tompos who was selected to represent Hungary in Eurovision 2009 in Moscow but withdrew her bid before the Contest, died today at the age of only 41.

Back in 2009, MTVA internally selected Márk Zentai to represent Hungary in Moscow, with the song “If You Wanna Party”. The song was disqualified the day after the announcement due to the fact that it was presented in Sweden back in 2004, as the Big Brother theme song “We Became Friends”. The same day MTVA confirmed that Kátya Tompos would be flying the Hungarian flag in Russia with her ballad “Magányos csónak”. A week later Kátya announced her withdrawal as she wanted to dedicate herself to her theatre career instead, having to take part in eight plays in three different theatres, which meant she had no time to prepare her Eurovision participation. Eventually MTVA went with the third choice, which was Zoli Ádok who performed “Dance With Me” in Moscow.

During her career, Kátya stared in 20 movies, and countless theatre acts. She also won seven Best Actress awards in Hungary and internationally, including the award for the Best Actress at the New York Film Awards in 2022.

Give a listen to her song from 2009 – “Magányos csónak” right here:

Our deepest condolences to family, friends and fans of Kátya in these difficult times.

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