Hungary: A Dal grand final confirmed for 18 February

They’re the country whose national final A Dal has a 100% qualification rate. Now Hungary‘s national broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that the grand final of A Dal will be held on 18 February 2017. And we’ll soon find out the acts competing in the show.

While the broadcaster has confirmed that the grand final will be held on 18 February, they haven’t given details of any heats or semi-finals. Since 2013, A Dal has used three heats, two semi-finals and the grand final. However, in 2012, the first A Dal used only two semi-finals and the grand final.

And we will soon know who is competing in A Dal 2017. At a press conference on Thursday 8 December, the show hosts Csilla Tatár and Levente Harsányi will reveal all the artists and songs competing in the show. They’ll also reveal who will be on the judging panel.

In October, the broadcaster opened applications for A Dal. Unlike other nationa finals that welcome entries from amateur artists, A Dal is only open to experienced singers — such as those who have released albums or appeared on television shows.

The organisers noted that A Dal is “not a routine talent show” and that they were specifically looking for “new, high-quality Hungarian songs”.

Hungary at Eurovision

Since the launch of A Dal in 2012, the show’s winners have consistently qualified for the Eurovision grand final. The most successful entries have been ByeAlex, whose sweet hipster ballad “Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)” placed 10th in 2013, and András Kállay-Saunders, whose edgy dubstep exploration of domestic violence “Running” place fifth in 2014.

In recent years, Hungary hasn’t earned such strong results. In 2015, Boggie’s subdued peace song “Wars for Nothing” managed only 20th place. Earlier this year, Freddie’s “Pioneer”, which was criticised for indistinct singing and cheesy staging, did marginally better in 19th place.

Kállay-Saunders recently teased a possible return to A Dal with his group, the Kállay Saunders Band.

What do you think? Who would you like to see at A Dal 2017? Can Hungary improve on their 2016 results? Share your thoughts below!

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