Hungary have competed in Eurovision 13 times since their first appearance in 1994 (with a break from 1999-2004 and also in 2006 and 2010). Their 1994 début entry still marks their best result with the song ‘Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? finishing fourth for Friderika Bayer. More recently Hungary achieved a top five finish in 2014 when András Kállay-Saunders represented them with ‘Running’. Kallay Saunders is back to compete in A Dal 2016. So let’s take a look at the selction process in 2016!
MTVA is Hungary’s national broadcaster and they will choose this year’s act and song through their A Dal contest. This format was introduced in 2012 and has proven successful with the act chosen making it through the semi finals to perform in the final at Eurovision every year it has been used (Compact Disco 24th, ByeAlex 10th, Andras Kallay-Saunders 5th and Boggie 20th).
The show sees a large number of performers battle it out to be chosen as the Hungarian entrant. This year, there are 30 acts competing in the competition which will begin on 23rd of January and will finish on 27th Febraury. There will be six shows with three heats (ten acts in each), two semi finals (18 qualifying acts from the heats) and a final (comprised of 8 acts who qualify from the semi finals).
In the final, the eight remaining entries will face two rounds of voting. In the first round, the judges will assign points to their four preferred entries: 4 (lowest), 6, 8 and 10 (highest). The top four entries determined by the judges will qualify to the second round of voting. In the second round, a public vote will exclusively determine the winning entry.
The Judging panel for 2016 are composer and song writer Pierrot, performer and musician Zséda , rocker Károly Freinreisz and multi-award winning songwriter Miklós Both.
All the acts and songs are listed below. Misztrál’s ‘Reggeli reggae’ was disqualified on 29th December for breaking the rule which prohibits songs for consideration being released before the September 1st deadline.
Heat 1- 23rd January
Mushu ‘Uncle Tom’
Benji ‘Kötéltánc’ (Tightrope dance)
ByTheWay Free to Fly’
Egy Másik Zenekar ‘Kéne közös kép’ (We should have a photo of us)
Reni Tolvai ‘Fire’
Fatima Mohamed ‘Ott leszek’ (I’ll be there) Jázmin Török ‘Power Of Love’ Odett ‘Stardust’ Pétra Veres-Kovács ‘Singing Peace’
Heat 2- 30th January
André Vásáry ‘Why’
Kállay Saunders Band ‘Who We Are’
Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi ‘Hold On To’
Laci Gáspár ‘Love and Bass’
Gergő Oláh ‘Győz a jó’ (The good wins)
Anna Patai ‘Colors C.E.T. ‘Free’ Group’n’Swing ‘Szeretni fáj’ (It hurts to love) Maszkura és a Töcsökraj ‘Kinek sírjam’ (To whom can I cry?)
Heat 3- 6th February
B The First ‘You Told Me You Loved Me’
Nika ‘Beautiful Love’
Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth ‘Seven Seas’
Parno Graszt ‘Már nem szédülök’ (I don’t feel dizzy anymore)
Petrushka ‘Trouble In My Mind’
Szilvia Agárdi ‘It Is Love?’
Bálint Gájer ‘Speed Bump’ Ív ‘Love Kills Me’ Júlia Hóranyi ‘Come Along’ Viki Singh ‘Katonák’ (Soldiers)
Semi Final 1 (13th Feb)
Gergő Oláh “Győz a jó”
Kállay Saunders Band “Who We Are”
Mushu “Uncle Tom”
Petruska “Trouble in My Mind”
Benji “Kötéltánc” B The First “You Told Me You Loved Me” Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi “Hold On To” Reni Tolvai “Fire” Szilvia Agárdi “It Is Love”
Semi Final 2 (20th Feb)
Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth “Seven Seas”
Parno Graszt “Már nem szédülök”
André Vásáry “Why”
ByTheWay “Free to Fly” Egy Másik Zenekar “Kéne közös kép”
Laci Gáspár “Love and Bass” Nika “Emlékkép” Passed “Driftin'”