The third heat is over in Hungary, and finally we have the 18 acts who will compete in the semi-finals. The last show had the biggest names, and the biggest favourites and two divas won the night. In this post The Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals – rates three songs from last Saturday, let’s see what we think about Boggie, Bálint Gájer and Spoon.
Boggie – Wars for Nothing
Sopon: I adore Boggie after seeing her statement-making video “Parfüm“. However, she isn’t singing in French with a cute Hungarian accent, but rather in English with really bad diction! The song is nothing big or special, and she’s stealing credit from her chorus, who are doing a more significant part of the work than most backing groups. I don’t see why this placed first.
Josh: I hadn’t listened to this song in full until this review, and I have to say this song has a gorgeous message of world peace, and Boggie and the backing vocalist harmonise with perfection at just the right time. This song is stunning and I now understand why this song is so popular amongst Hungarian viewers and the rest of Europe. I can see the song doing well if it represented Hungary in Vienna.
Robyn: There are some really good ideas in this song, but the beginning isn’t engaging enough, and once it starts to show a bit of power, things fade away again. The staging is great, especially the multi-lingual graphics, the dramatic smoke and the choreography, but despite the important message, the song just doesn’t make an impact.
Renske: The message behind the song is sweet, but the song itself is boring. The performance is so static and monotonous that it overshadows the song.
Patrick: This song is so touching that it makes me sad and I get goosebumps all over my body. I don’t know – it’s just beautiful! The performance was so strong and I really love it. Boggie could smash Europe with this ballad and I mean, why wouldn’t Hungary send a ballad like this? I think Europe would appreciate it! Love you Boggie – GO FOR IT!
Judit: I really like this song and Boggie herself, but I miss the big final note and I don’t think she can convince Europe to vote for her. There is one thing that I really want though: please change the dress! This red one looks horrible and this song deserves more!
Sami: She really looks stunning and her voice is great, but I find the song boring. I don’t like her show either – the synchronized walking looks ridiculous.
Wiwi Jury Average: 6.42/10
Bálint – That’s How it Goes
Sopon: Throwback to the 1950s, y’all! This big band jazz stuff could fill a stadium with little difficulty, but it just isn’t right for my eardrums. Bálint is not a winner for Hungary.
Josh: I don’t hate this song, but I can see this being a little bit of a joke entry, much like Belgium in 2009. This swing genre is quite popular right now with the likes of Michael Buble and Robbie Williams, but I can’t see this being a winner for Hungary.
Robyn: This is like a performance from big band week on the UK X Factor. It’s a bit of fun, but realistically no one is gagging for a Hungarian Frank Sinatra impersonator to sing a cookie-cutter swing song.
Renske: He must be the official Hungarian Michael Bublé imitator. Unlike most of Bublé’s songs though, this one isn’t catchy or memorable. For some reason this one reminds me of Tim Douwsma’s performance during Nationaal Songfestival 2012. And that didn’t work out either…
Patrick: I usually hate this genre…but this is so catchy and good! It surprised me, his voice is strong and it’s never lacking. I think he is a hot favourite for victory in Hungary, but I wouldn’t personally choose him to represent our neighbours. It’s good but dated, stunning voice but dull performance. I don’t know if it will win, but all in all it’s good enough.
Judit: Love it! I don’t think he will win, but I love this style. Swing is in my blood, so maybe it can be my ringtone. Bálint has a strong voice and he’s way more than an imitator. I’m proud that he’s in the competition.
Sami: I love this one! He looks great on the stage and the show is also nice. It’s so catchy and I like the lyrics also. This is one of the songs I want to win A Dal, but sadly, I don’t think it will happen.
Wiwi Jury Average: 5/10
Spoon – Keep Marching On
Sopon: I might need to look for a new pseudonym if these guys win. This is basically a few cute guys trying to do what L-Ahwa failed to do in Malta this past November. They chose adorkable guys in Denmark and Cyprus already, so there’s no need for any more!
Josh: Firstly, I just have to say that these boys are absolutely gorgeous! The girls (and some boys) will go crazy over these guys. Unfortunately the song doesn’t really match the look. The song isn’t terrible, but it’s very Firelight meets Aarzemnieki meets a young Sjonni’s Friends – and I want something new to gag over.
Robyn: This is an average song in a folk-pop style, but despite there being a four-piece boyband and two backing singers, it sounds like the Niall lookalike is doing most of the singing, with really weak backing. I’d like to hear fuller vocals – if you have a boyband, use them all!
Renske: The start of the song is lovely, but then the chorus and the verses sound like they’re from totally different songs. I don’t know why they are so many boybands suddenly applying for Eurovision with weak songs. The only reason a band like Softengine did well is because they had a good song.
Patrick: Boy bands are so boring these days! Spoon are just a One Direction rip-off…but at least they can sing better! The song is actually quite fancy and lovely, you could listen to it just about any time or anywhere. It’s good but the Hungarian jury didn’t like it that much – we’ll have to see if that changes.
Judit: I hate it when people think they are a One Direction rip-off! Spoon have their own style and their voices are really good. They won’t win, but A Dal will help them to start a real career.
Sami: They are NOT One Direction, but they’re still okay. The performance reminds me of Gianluca’s “Tomorrow” and the song is a real feel-good one. The lead singer’s voice is quite thin, but I understand why people voted for them.