The veteran Hungarian music festival called A Dal has been held tonight in Budapest and the winner is Joci Pápai with the song “Origo” so he will represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in Kyiv, Ukraine. The national final was hosted by Csilla Tatár and Levente Harsányi.
The Hungarian Eurovision representative was determined via jury and public voting with a system consisting of two rounds. The jury selected the top four entries qualified for the second round with the voting that was quite different from heats and the semi-finals. They gave their points after all entries had been performed. The televoting was also used in the voting. The jury of A Dal 2017 were R&B singer Caramel, singer Zséda, rock singer and songwriter Károly Frenreisz and composer and musician Miklós Both.
The participants in the grand final of A Dal 2017 were:
- Gigi Radics – “See It Through“
- Joci Pápai – “Origo”
- Gina Kanizsa – “Fall Like Rain”
- Soulwave – “Kalandor”
- Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi – “Hosszú idők”
- Leander Kills – “Élet”
- Zävodi & Olivér Berkes – “#háttérzaj”
- Kállay Saunders Band – “Seventeen”
You can watch the winning performance of Joci Papai below:
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place in Kiev, Ukraine with the semi-finals taking place on 9th and 11th May and the final on May 13th.
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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.