Category Archives: Hungary

András Kállay-Saunders: “Running” for the Win in Hungary

Kallay_Saunders_AndrasAlso decided on Saturday was the winner of “A Dal”, the Hungarian National Final.  From the original 30 songs, a series of heats and semifinals winnowed the selection down to eight finalists, all vying for the chance to follow ByeAlex’s “Kedvesem” into the ESC history books, and hopefully surpass his impressive Top 10 finish.  There were quite a few A Dal alums and fresh faces reaching for the title, but, of course, only one could win. Read the rest of this entry

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Preview: A Dal Final in Hungary

adal The second of four songs that we’ll have added to the Eurovision roster this Saturday will come from Hungary, as the successful A Dal system culminates its third year.  Will the show that gave us Compact Disco and ByeAlex give us the country’s fourth consecutive qualifier?  Read the rest of this entry

Hungary: Say Hello to “ByeAlex”!

It was a dramatic finish to Hungary’s “A Dal” process, as the juries winnowed the eight finalists down to four and the public televote taking the lead to pick the eventual winner.  In a bit of a surprising announcement, the ticket went to singer-songwriter ByeAlex (real name: Alex Márta) and his quiet, subtle entry “Kedvesem (My Darling)”, which came in a distant 4th place by the jury’s estimation. Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Hungary’s “A Dal”

For the second year running, Hungarian broadcaster MTV have played host to “A Dal”, their national selection.  After a series of heats and semifinals, eight songs will face off in the Final on Saturday.  Four songs will be selected by a professional jury to continue on to a superfinal, and the winner will be chosen purely via a public televote. Read the rest of this entry

More promo videos? Say it ain’t so!

As expected in the days before the annual Head of Delegation meeting in Baku, more nations are revealing the official promotional videos for their songs.  We’ve gone over some of these new clips in previous posts (check them out here and here), but the past 24 hours have brought in a flash-flood of new videos and remixes. Read the rest of this entry

Hungary has decided: it’s Compact Disco!

Tonight was an exceptionally busy one in Eurovision circles; between two semifinals and a trio of National Finals, fans had their work cut out for them!  The first of the Finals to determine its winner was Hungary, which returned to a National Selection format for the first time since 2008.  After the eight competing songs were narrowed down to four via a televote, the professional jury took the reins and picked a winner from that lucky quartet.

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The Weekend Preview: Super Saturday and Beyond…

It’s gearing up to be a very busy weekend in the world of Eurovision.  On Saturday, the second semifinal of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen will kick off, live from Göteborg (and more details on the competing songs can be found here.  We’ll also see the second Lithuanian semifinal (but due to conflicting reports on the lineup of the event, I hesitate to post the competing songs).  Most eyes, however, will likely be on one of the three National Finals that are to be held.  We will get our official songs from Hungary, Norway, and Iceland before the day is out.  Let’s take a look at the respective lineups one more time, shall we? Read the rest of this entry

Results: Second Semifinal in Hungary

The second of Hungary’s two Semifinals took place this weekend, and ten songs left themselves up to the mercy of a professional jury and the Hungarian public’s vote in order to clinch one of four coveted spots in next week’s “A Dal” Final.

Continuing on in the competition are: Read the rest of this entry

Preview: Second Semifinal in Hungary

Saturday marks the second Semifinal of “A Dal”, the Hungarian National Selection.  Much like last week, ten songs will go in front of the nation, with only four songs proceeding to February 11’s final.  Three of those songs will be handpicked by the professional jury, while the fourth will be picked by a public televote.

The ten candidate songs are:

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First Finalists Decided in Hungary

On Saturday night, Hungarian broadcaster MTV (and that’s “Magyar Televízió”, not the home of “Jersey Shore”, just for the record) hosted the first of two semifinals for “A Dal (The Song)”, the country’s National Selection.  Ten songs were performed, with the top three point-getters from a panel of judges qualifying for February 11th’s Final, and a fourth song being selected by a public vote.

Getting top marks with the Jury were: Read the rest of this entry