Hungary’s Eurovision selection process continues to lose viewers on a weekly basis, as last weeks show hits the lowest viewership this season.
A Dal continues to lose tens of thousands of viewers each week as the viewing figures for the first semi-final are revealed. 274,108 viewers watched last Saturday as the first semi-final of A Dal 2018 was broadcast on Duna.
Since its launch episode A Dal has lost over 130,000 viewers, with viewing share falling by 3.1% over the time period. The viewing figures recorded for the first semi-final are just 15,000 viewers above the lowest ever audience to watch an A Dal broadcast.
The show has now fallen to the eight most watched program broadcast by Duna during the past week. With the show registering as the twenty-eighth most watched program on Hungarian television during the week of broadcast.
Nine acts performed in the first Semi-Final of A Dal 2018, which saw a total of 4 acts qualify for the final. The qualifiers were selected by the studio jury and the Hungarian public.
Performing in the semi-final were (qualifiers in bold):
- Dánielfy Gergely – “Azt mondtad”
- Gulyás Roland – “H Y P N O T I Z E D”
- Ham ko Ham – Bármerre jársz
- Heincz Gábor (BIGA) – “Good vibez”
- Knoll Gabi – “Nobody to Die For”
- Leander Kills – “Not szól harang”
- Maszkura és a tücsökraj – “Nagybetűs szavak”
- SativuS – “Lusta lány”
- Süle Zsolt – “Zöld a május”
A Dal consists of three heats, two semi-finals and a Final. Taking place on every Saturday, starting on January 20th with the first heat and ending on February 24th with the Final. All shows will be hosted by Krista Rátonyi and Freddie, the Hungarian representative in 2016. The jury will consist of Károly Frenreisz, Miklós Both, Judit Schell and Misivel Mező.
The winner of A Dal 2018 will go on to represent Hungary at the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. In 2017 Hungary was represented by Joci Pápai with the song Origo which placed 8th in the Final.
Source: Brand Trend
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.