Earlier today Hungary’s MTV released the songs that will compete at A Dal 2014, the Hungarian national selection for Eurovision. ByeAlex, last year’s winner, helped choose those songs as a member of the pre-show jury, and has been sharing his thoughts about them online. Amid all his responsibilities he took the time to speak with Judit Sebok, our Hungarian correspondent, about his new album, life after the Eurovision Song Contest, and, of course, A Dal 2014.
Kedvesem took 10th place at Eurovision. That is Hungary’s best placing since 2007. After Malmö did anything feel different in Hungary? Did haters stop hating?
I don’t think so. I’m just not that interesting to them anymore.
Everybody knows that you didn’t really want this opportunity. What do you think now? What has Eurovision given to you?
I can answer you later. I need a few more years to realize what Eurovision gave me, but right now I have more fans, that’s true.
After the show you gave a lot of concerts, made a lot of good songs, and released your first album Szörpoholista. Are you satisfied?
No way. I mean ByeAlex can never become satisfied because the person behind this nickname [Alex Márta] is always thinking differently than what you would expect from ByeAlex …I’m always try to give my best. But I’m content with this album.
In this series of A Dal, you were a member of the jury who selected the 30 best songs for the live shows. What was most important to you when evaluating the singers?
I had a lot of criterion. I wanted a wide variety of genres, but I didn’t want any rude or offensive music or lyrics. Acts have to be television-friendly. That sort of thing.
I have to talk about the show in the show, and everywhere. I’ll make comments about the songs, talk with the singers and…we’ll see.
You know the songs. How can someone win? Who will be able to get to Copenhagen?
I do not know who has the winning hand. Last year I managed to win. Maybe an unknown artist will win again. Or a popular act can win. However, in the show’s history that has not yet occurred.
Might you have some good advice for the competitors?
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