A Dal: Wiwi Jury reviews Gabi Tóth and Joci Pápai

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Another week, another six semi-finalists in A Dal — Hungary’s always engaging Eurovision selection show. With the third heat now done and dusted, it’s time for the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — to assess whether any of them deserve to follow in Freddie’s footsteps at Eurovision. Next up are Gabi Tóth with “Hosszú idök” and Joci Pápai with “Origo”.

Gabi Tóth – “Hosszú idök”

“Hosszú idök” reviews

Robyn: Every year there are Eurovision acts that take inspiration from the previous year’s winner. “Hosszú idök” seems to have been inspired by “1944” in good ways (non-English lyrics and traditional styles mixed with modern electronic production) and in bad ways (the tree). But Gabi delivers a great performance — even if she has borrowed IVAN’s face paint. If A Dal can sort out the staging (and they are good like that) this would be fine going to Kyiv.

Score: 8/10

Zakaria: If Toth makes it to Kyiv, she’d better change her golden tree in the backdrop if she wants to avoid a fist fight with Jamala. As for the song, I think it’s interesting and daring, especially in a NF season filled with boring ballads. Unlike the other entries,”Hosszú idök” has a strong identity — the Hungarian sounds amazing — and Toth delivers it perfectly. There’s also room for improvements.

Score: 8/10

William: Talk about something borrowed! Toth has re-created Jamala’s LED tree, drawn on Ruslana’s tribal spirit and stolen Loreen’s Druid dance moves. And that might explain why this never fully takes off. As out-there as this is, it still feels familiar and, dare I say, derivative. Even so, Toth’s eccentric take on folk stands out.

Score: 7.5/10

Chris: This year’s national finals seem to have a recurring theme of my favourites underwhelming me live. The stage performance is killing what is an incredibly epic three minute journey of a song. Gabi Toth is a superb vocalist and gets to show that off, but there’s just no drama in the performance. It’s too derivative of “1944” and parts of “Amanecer”, whilst Gabi looks like a “cool mum” who’s turned up at a festival. You can fix this, Hungary, and you should — because behind it all, this is an amazing song.

Score: 8/10

Natalie: I love how the Hungarian language meshes with this song — the heavy beat and glittery instrumentation just compliment it so well. The melody is also so strong and mystical that I just can’t help be sucked in. This all combined with the strings and folky style instruments creates a concoction that I absolutely love. It could’ve been taken a bit further and the chorus did get a bit repetitive towards the end for me, but I’m very excited by this one.

Score: 8/10

Josh: Coming into A Dal, “Hosszú idök” was my hands-down favourite to win the competition. Whilst the live performance was good, I can’t help but feel like it’s missing something. Something dynamic and new to make it interesting rather than creating something that looks like Loreen and Jamala’s love child. Perhaps the stage in Kyiv could give this lift. Still, slightly underwhelming.

Score: 7.5/10

In the Hungary Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for six reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 10/10

Bernardo: 7/10

Dayana: 7/10

Erdi: 8/10

Forrest: 6/10

Jason: 6.5/10

Jordi: 7/10

Jovana: 5/10

Luis: 7/10

Mikhail: 6.5/10

Sami: 6.5/10

Sinan: 7/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 5 and a high of 10.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.22/10

Joci Pápai — “Origo”

“Origo” reviews

William: This song is so mystical and other-worldly that at times I feel like Joci is trying to turn me into a frog or to communicate with my dead relatives. The first 90 seconds have me enraptured…and then he launches into an extended spoken word section (noticeably featuring the word samurai and a great deal of anger). It’s a shame. He had me, like the belly-flashing dancer, in a trance. But even with that somewhat jarring interruption, I can’t help but enjoy this.

Score: 8/10

Jason: Songs like “Origo” are what Eurovision should be about: showcasing your country by fusing its traditional sounds with something unexpected and modern. I have no idea what is being sung, but I don’t care because it is so interesting and different from all of the other generic songs being served up by most national selections. Me likey.

Score: 9/10

Mikhail: This song has a really nice melody with some traditional elements, what I really enjoy. Unfortunately, it goes nowhere. Throughout the whole song I was waiting for something interesting to come up and they gave me rap. The rap part is actually pretty good, but on its own, because it does not combine well with the rest of the song. It’s just like two different songs in one. It could’ve been high on my list with something more consistent and cohesive.

Score: 4.5/10

Robyn: I love A Dal for songs like this. Joci proves himself to be multitalented, as he can sing, rap and play the milk can. Rap is, by its nature, very lyrical and there’s a risk a non-English message might get lost. But as we saw with Jala in Stockholm, if there’s enough attitude, the message gets through. Joci has what it takes to deliver the message.

Score: 7.5/10

Chris: Hungarian folk-Bollywood-rap isn’t a genre I’ve ever come across before. But if it’s all like this, then I’m buying it. I’m naturally hesitant about rap at Eurovision, because it so often is superfluous. Here, it’s a necessary part of the song’s structure, changing things up at just the right time. Joci is a dark horse for me in this selection.

Score: 7/10

Erdi: I really like the collaboration of old and new, the traditional and 2017. The only thing that doesn’t fit is Joci’s voice. It might well end up in the A Dal final but definitely will not represent Hungary.

Score: 7/10

In the Hungary Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for six reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:

Antranig: 4.5/10

Bernardo: 5/10

Dayana: 7.5/10

Forrest: 6.5/10

Jordi: 8/10

Josh: 6/10

Jovana: 6/10

Luis: 7/10

Natalie: 7/10

Sami: 5.5/10

Sinan: 5.5/10

Zakaria: 6/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 4.5 and a high of 9.

Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.5/10

See our list of A Dal rankings here

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