It’s almost unbelievable that Friderika Bayer, the first (and best) Hungarian act ever, performed over 20 years ago in Dublin. Girl could singggggg – and she got perfect scores from the first three countries voting: something never repeated since. Sadly the rest of the 90s weren’t so pretty for the land of Liszt…
Some of Budapest’s best efforts came in 2005 with NOX and in 2007 with Magdi Rúzsa. Despite significant improvement, both failed to match Bayer’s Top 5 result. Hungary remained off of the Eurovision map.
In 2011 Kati Wolf, one of the biggest divas that year, became a huge fan wank with her song, ‘What About My Dreams?’ The bookies were convinced that Budapest would be hosting in 2012.
She went through the final and although she only managed to finish 22nd on the night, her performance gave Hungary a burning passion for Eurovision that led to the creation of A Dal, Hungary’s national selection show. Compact Disco, ByeAlex and Kállay-Saunders were selected through this show and all of them qualified easily for the Eurovision final. The last two cracked the top 10 and today Hungary is considered a potential future winner.
1994 – Friderika Bayer with Hogyan mondjam el vétkeimet?, 4th place with 122 points
1995 – Csaba Szigeti with Új név a régi ház falán, 22nd place with 3 points
1997 – V.I.P. with Miért kell, hogy elmenj?, 12th place with 39 points
1998 – Charlie with A holnap már nem lesz szomorú, 23rd place with 4 points
2005 – NOX with Forogj világ, 12th place with 97 points
2007 – Magdi Rúzsa with Unsubstantial Blues, 9th place with 128 points
2008 – Csézy with Candlelight, Failed to qualify (19th place with 6 points)
2009 – Zoli Ádok with Dance with me, Failed to qualify (15th place with 16 points)
2011 – Kati Wolf with What about my dreams?, 22nd place with 53 points
2012 – Compact Disco with Sound of Our Hearts, 24th place with 19 points
2013 – ByeAlex with Kedvesem, 10th place with 84 points
2014 – Kállay-Saunders with Running, 5th place with 143 points
The show might only be three years old but it’s already one of the best national finals. It showcases the best musical talent in the country and outclasses Hungarian X-factor in every way. Thanks to A Dal, the international community has been introduced to talents like Kállay-Saunders, ByeAlex, Laura Cserpes, Gigi Radics, Bogi, HoneyBeast, Viktor and Linda Király, and Fool Moon. This is the most viewed show in Hungary and in a few years it might just be as big as Melodifestivalen. We definitely think that’s where the producers are looking!
Best Scoring entry:
Kállay-Saunders ran all over the stage–and in to everyone’s heart. Hungarians were really optimistic because the bookies loved him and, he also won the heart of our Wiwi Jury. In the semi-final he finished in 3rd place and on a beautiful Saturday evening he got 143 points from Europe and took 5th place behind an extremely strong field of Austria, The Netherlands, Sweden and Armenia. Running’s dark subject matter was a real contrast to the normal Eurovision fluff and all the more powerful for it. We got some deep feelings from the performance, y’all! Truly beautiful.
Worst Scoring entry:
Hungary has had a lot of bad entries and we would like to forgot about them. But they are all the part of our shared ESC history. At least the worst song managed to get 3 points in 1995. I doubt you can remember Csaba Sziget, and we certainly don’t remember who chose him. But God, please forgive them.
And here’s what Team Wiwi have to say about Hungary’s recent performances:
Francheska: Hungary is the ultimate ESC redemption story. Since 2011 they have gone from strength to strength and shown a lot of musical variety. Kati Wolf is definitely my favorite. She was severely robbed (but tbh, the staging seemed haphazard), and her bilingual strength anthem is timeless. On the other end of the spectrum, 2012 was a disaster. A song with forced meaning and forced music (it didn’t flow at all), along with a sloppy band does not a good song make.
Deban: Hungary really upped its game in 2014. András Kállay-Saunders engaged millions on the dark subject of child abuse. “Running” may have a light R&B sound, but its delivery was deeply emotional, and helped gather momentum for Hungary on the ESC stage. Hungary has made A Dal into one of the most exciting music platforms, as well as made Hungarian music appealing and exportable.
Patrick: From atmospheric ballads to weird disco-hits, Hungary has really showed variety. Friderika may have come fourth, but there is another victory on Hungary’s list too – even if it’s not a good one. Zoli Adok, entrant of 2009, won the Barbara Dex Award for the worst outfit in that year (lol!). In all seriousness though Hungary rocks! They always show that a country has more choices…even when they aren’t good ones.
Mike: Hungary is like a little brother or sister: you struggle to deal with them, but when they are not there you really miss them! Songs like Forogj, világ, What about my dreams? and Running were all in my personal top five but at the same time I don’t understand how Compact Disco and ByeAlex got in the final!! Hungaria joining us in Vienna for the 5th year in a row (a record in Hungarian Eurovision history) is giving me the hope they will send us at least 5 more years of good (and sometimes awful) music!
Angus: A Hungarian victory is super close at hand. Like so many countries they’ve understood the advantage of gaining momentum on the Eurovision playing victory before going for gold. The 10th place in 2013 was a solid foundation to catapult ‘Running’ into the Top 5 and all eyes should be on Budapest for an extremely strong showing in 2015. Kati Wolf has a special place in my heart as a disco diva because she had craaaaaazy beautiful vocal runs to show off in Dusseldorf in 2011. ‘Sound of Our Hearts’ didn’t do too much for me though and was actually a toilet break moment for me in the 2012 final (harsh but true!).
What do y’all think about Hungary? Could they win in 2015? Is Kati Wolf amazing or not? Did ‘Running’ leave you begging for more or running for the door? Comment below peeps!
Source: Daily Mirror