In our previous A Dal post the Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — shared our opinions about Bogi, Karmapolis and Gabi Szucs. Now, it’s time to assess the other three songs which qualified last Saturday. Passed got the highest points from the Hungarian jury, while Vera Tóth came second and Timi Antal won the heart of the audience. As always, our team has something to say about all of them — and we aren’t affraid to share it.
Passed – Mesmerize
Robyn: I love this song so much but I don’t think it’s a good ESC choice. It’s deliciously moody, with cool beats and it sounds like something from 2015. The trouble is the instrumental breaks. The A Dal cameras and staging handled the first break well, but the instrumental finish comes as a huge anticlimax – something that would be really awkward in Vienna.
Sami: What were the jurors on when they gave this song the highest points? Her voice is so annoying, the song is actually super boring and the harp is really the only interesting thing in it. They look very awkward on the stage during the instrumental parts.
Sopon: First of all, has this girl never heard of vocal lessons? She’s singing in an entirely different register than the song and it’s messing with my head worse than any Ukrainian Eurovision performance ever could. Second, this is a bit too avant-garde for me. No, thanks.
Renske: This sounds like a song written for Lorde, which she later refused. Then the composers went to Hungary to search for a singer, a DJ and someone who could play harp, and it worked out. Sadly it’s a bit too random for a good place at Eurovision. I still don’t get the electronic jumping part…
Patrick: I still can’t accept that this qualified from the first heat… I mean okay it’s special and whatever but first? Really? Her English pronunciation is weird and the melody is so dull. And from one second to another they explode and dance on stage without any explanation. Uh ah ehm no.
Judit: Passed is something new right now in Hungary. They’re young, use the harp in pop music and the whole song sounds special. But… and yes I have a big BUT… they can’t win, and I can’t believe the jury gave them the highest points. Her vocal isn’t strong, the dance parts are awkward. There are many adjectives to describe this. Compelling, perfect and comprehensible are not among them.
Wiwi Jury Average: 3.25/10
Vera Tóth – Gyémánt
Robyn: There’s a bit of a saucy James Bond feeling, and loads of drama which Vera delivers with skill. It’s also a song that sounds great sung in Hungarian. While it’s not the most original sound, I love the overall performance. So much drama!
Sami: Hungarian sounds so magical and the whole song could be from a horror film. It looks great on stage and her voice is great. It could do really well in Eurovision, too.
Sopon: If there hasn’t been an Adele comparison made yet, let me kick it off. She looks and sounds just like the reclusive British songstress, and that’s nothing but a positive thing. The song is so sophisticated and I want to love it, but it’s as if she doesn’t connect with the song or channel her emotions as she sings. She’s the best karaoke singer in the world, but her performance feels less than genuine. If you can’t connect to the song, hun, we can’t either.
Renske: While I am listeinng to this one, I wonder what the staging in Vienna would look like if this one wins. Vera has a good natural voice, but it needs some help. It is good, but it doesn’t make me want to vote.
Patrick: Oh yes, if someone deserves to get through then it’s Vera! This is a Hungarian dream where I can see the horses of the Puszta, people dancing, a blue wide open sky and a big “Gyemant”…Vera is amazing – her voice is so strong and she knows how to channel emotions! This is a dream really!
Judit: Her vocals are the best, but this song is nothing more than a copy of anything from a James Bond soundtrack or even “Rise Like A Phoenix”. She’s a diamond, but the song isn’t.
Wiwi Jury Average: 7.58/10
Timi Antal – Woke Up This Way
Robyn: A Dal puts lots of effort into staging, and indeed the staging of this song is bold and impressive, including double drummers and a Timi lookalike. The song doesn’t quite live up to the staging, though, sounding like a rejected P!nk album track. But despite this, Timi channels the showmanship of P!nk and delivers a stellar performance.
Sami: I don’t really get the hype around this song. It’s not anything special. It’s something you would hear from any American “rock” chick. She doesn’t sound that good either. The live performance is also quite bland.
Sopon: The energy in this performance is over-the-top. She wants to let you know she doesn’t care what you think, and she does that perfectly. One of the backing singers is bringing down the song by being really off-key, but let’s excuse that. Gurl, you werk that stage just fine and you ain’t letting down your performance. Let’s go Team Timi!
Renske: When I saw her red hair I thought this was going to be something sassy. I was right. She kicks it from the very first note. Of all the entries we’ve reviewed so far this one is the most powerful.
Patrick: It could be a great and stunning song without the bad vocals and the screaming. I like the sound, the rythmn and the lyrics. Her voice is the only thing that doesn’t fit into my picture of a good song and that’s sad.
Judit: Her vocal was really weak, but this performance was the strongest of the night. Spectacular and energetic show and it’s not a surprise that the audience loved it, but maybe it’s not enough to win A Dal 2015.
I have a hard time understading the amount of time people waste on “visuals” … staging? Has everyone lost the ability to be moved just by what one is listening? Or are we so damn shallow that something has to visually happen in order to bother with anything that should only require both our ears? It gets to the level of being so extremely important knowing how a song is presented on stage that in the midst of it all people begin neglecting GREAT music because a mouse needs to run on stage or someone needs to have sex on… Read more »
Lol the jury’s comments are killing me XD
Passed shouldn’t have passed into the semi-final. 😛
I really don’t like Passed song at all.. The catchy harp part is great tho, but that’s pretty much it….
Vera’s song is freaking amazing ? Love it so much :3
Antal Timi’s song is great. Her vocals wasn’t that strong, but it got worse due that the back vocalists weren’t even trying…
I really hope Vera represent Hungary :3
OMG Passed s song is one of my favourite! how could you rate them so low LOL (9/10)
Vera s song is like Skyfall 2.0 but i like hungarian and if she win i hope she won t translate it in english (8/10)
Timi s song is ok, just okay nothing more than that (6/10)
Okay, I’m a little underwhelmed by PASSED’s live performance.
The singer’s vocals aren’t as strong as I thought they would be, but it’s very close to the studio version. Whoever said that she’s singing in a different register obviously hasn’t checked out their music video; it’s exactly the right pitch.
Also worth mentioning is her English, which is better than most other contestants this year. As an Anglophone, I can understand everything she’s saying perfectly. My only gripe about them thus far is that all of the members of the group need more confidence. But it’s not a 3.25/10.
3.25 points for Mesmerize, and 7 for ‘Woke Up This Way’?
Let’s keep in mind that Woke Up This Way was last in the semi–Mesmerize was first… I have a feeling you guys are going to be disappointed in the finals. Extra salt because PASSED’s song is my favorite entry out of all of them 🙂
Out of all of these Timi Antal seems like the best choice for Eurovision. Woke Up This Way is a fun song, but I wish she would show more energy on stage.
Passed has a pretty cool sound, much like the minimal hip-hop and r&b beats that were big in the US a few years ago, but I doubt that they will click with the European audience (and judging by the jury’s reaction I’m right)
Passed easily has one of the best songs in this A Dal season. My only concern is that it’ll be a little too indie for Eurovision and wouldn’t get the appreciation it deserves. 10/10 Vera has another great song. It’s very Bond-esque like the reigning Eurovision champion and I can see this being performed in Vienna and doing very well. I like it a lot. 8/10 I can’t stand Timi’s song. From the moment I saw its it’ll I knew it’d be some cliché, American pop piece and I just hate that kinda of music. I was really happy when… Read more »