A Dal, Hungary’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, has tonight been postponed due to the deadly bus crash in Verona earlier today, killing sixteen Hungarian students. The bus, on which the students were travelling home from a mountain holiday in France, collided with a near pylon before the vehicle caught light and crashed at the road side. Sixteen Hungarian students died, thirty-nine others injured. On Monday, a day of national mourning will be held.
Hungary were set to continue their search for a star to represent the nation in Kyiv later this year, where the Eurovision Song Contest will take place. Tonight, ten artists were due to perform in Budapest’s second of three heats – fighting for six places in each of the two semi finals.
The ten artists set to compete in tonight’s second heat of A Dal were:
- Joci Pápai – Origo
- Orsi Sapszon – Hunyd le szemed
- The Couple – Vége van
- Zävodi + Olivér Berkes – Háttérzaj
- Kyra Fedor – Got to Be a Day
- Enikő Muri – Jericho
- Benjámin Pál – Father’s Eyes
- Gigi Radics – See It Through
- Soulwave – Kalandor
- Totova – Hosszú idők
The format of this year’s voting remains effectively the same, but with one vital change – this year the first five qualifiers will be decided by a 50-50 jury and public vote. The sixth qualifier will still be decided by a 100% public vote.
The new broadcast date for the second heat of A Dal 2017 has yet to be announced, but is expected to take place mid-week.
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Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, they were represented by Friderika Bayer and the song “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet”. She went on to finish in 4th place scoring a total of 122 points and four sets of 12 points. This result remains’ Hungary’s best in their history in the contest. Hungary participated from 1994 to 1994 before withdrawing until 2005, the country didn’t return again until 2008. Hungary then once again withdrew in 2010 before returning in 2011. Since their return in 2011 Hungary has qualified for the final every year.