A series high of 542,000 viewers watched the final of A Dal 2017 on Saturday night, as Hungary selected their participant for Eurovision 2017.
The final of A Dal reached a series high audience of 542,000 viewers as Hungary selected Joci Pápai with the song “Origo”. Viewing figures for A Dal have struggled all season long, this culminated in the semi-finals failing to make it into the top.20 most watched shows of the week. Viewing figures for this years final have fallen by 13.7% over 2016 when just over 746,000 viewers watched the final.
The viewing figures for the entire season of A Dal are as follows:
- Heat One – 488,742 – 19th most watched show
- Heat Two – 486, 117 – 19th most watched show
- Heat Three – 489,551 – 16th most watched show
- Semi Final One – 261,603 – Failed to rank
- Semi Final Two – 425,102 – 23rd most watched show
- Final – 542,000
The viewing figures for the final of A Dal in previous years have been as follows:
- 2017 – 542,000
- 2016 – 746,354 – 16.7% share – 7th most watched show
- 2015 – 652,895 – 14.9% share – 15th most watched show
- 2014 – 890,558 – 19.9% share – 10th most watched show
- 2013 – 1,349,794 – 28.9% share – 3rd most watched show
- 2012 – 1,015,000 – 20.8% share
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.
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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.