Tonight nine Hungarian acts took to the stage for Hungary’s Eurovision selection show A Dal 2017, and four have qualified to the final.
The first semi final in Hungary’s Eurovision selection show A Dal 2017 took place tonight, which saw the first nine semi finalists battle it out for four places in the final. The qualifiers were selected as follows: In the first round the public and jury voting decided the first three qualifiers to the final. The public then voted and chose the fourth qualifier. These are the acts that participated in semi-final one (qualifiers are in bold):
- Chase – Dust In The Wind
- Dávid Henderson – White Shadows
- Gigi Radics – See It Through
- Gina Kaniza – Fall Like Rain
- Joci Pápai – Origo
- Soulwave – Kalandor
- Spoon 21 – Deák
- The Couple – Vége Van
- Viki Singh – Rain
Four more artists will qualify from semi-final two on Saturday 11th February, to make the 8 finalists. The final of A Dal 2017 will be held on Saturday 18th February. The winner of the contest will be decided by jury/public televote split.
Participating in semi-final two are:
- Ádam Szabó – Together
- Benji – Karcok
- Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman ft. Begi Lofti – Hosszú Idok
- Kállay Saunders Band – 17
- Leander Kills – Élet
- Mrs Columbo – Frozen King
- Peet Project – Kill Your Monster
- Roma Soul – Nyitva a ház
- Zavodi & Olivér Berkes – #háttérzaj
Heat 3 of A Dal reached viewing figures of 489,551 last week, a series high so far. Since the show started a few weeks ago, the Hungarian selection process remains the most watched show broadcast by the Hungarian national broadcaster.
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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.