Tonight Hungary decided its final six qualifiers for the semi-finals of A Dal. B The First, Nika, Petruska, Parno Graszt, Szilvia Agárdi and Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth will progress to the semi-finals, beginning next week.
The first five qualifiers were selected by the jury vote, with Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth winning a spot in the semi-finals from public televote. The televote led to a tie for the lucky sixth place, putting Olivér & Andi and Viki Singh both on 34 points. The jury was left to break the tie, giving the semi-final slot to the duo.
Ív, who made the A Dal final last year, had her journey end early this year when she narrowly missed out joining the tiebreak by only one point.
Semi-finalists Olivér & Andi, Petruska and Szilvia Agárdi were favourites in our recent Wiwi readers’ poll. But B The First didn’t impress you so much, coming last in the poll with only 3.81% of the votes.
A Dal 2016 Heat Three: Qualifiers
- B The First “You Told Me You Loved Me”
- Nika “Emlékkép”
- Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth “Seven Seas”
- Petruska “Trouble in My Mind”
- Parno Graszt “Már nem szédülök”
- Szilvia Agárdi “It Is Love”
A Dal 2016 Heat Three: Eliminated acts
- Bálint Gájer “Speed Bump”
- Ív “Love Kills Me”
- Júlia Horányi “Come Along”
- Viki Singh “Katonák”
The interval entertainment was provided by 2013 A Dal winner ByeAlex who performed his single “Még mindig” as part of his new group, ByeAlex and the Slepp.
Tonight’s result was determined by a mixture of jury vote and public votes. An initial round of voting determined the first five qualifiers. This included both jury and viewer scores. The sixth semifinalist was chosen during a second round of 100% public voting.
The 18 songs qualifying from the heats will now go on to join André Vásáry, Benji, ByTheWay, Egy Másik Zenekar, Freddie, Gergë Oláh, Kállay Saunders Band, Karmapolis & Böbe Szécsi, Laci Gáspár, Mushu, Passed, and Reni Tolvai at the semi-finals, starting next Saturday. Four qualifying songs from each of the two semis will then go on to compete in the final on 27 February.
Since Hungary’s 2011 comeback, they have reached the Eurovision grand final every year, with ByeAlex and Kállay-Saunders making the top 10.This year the country wants to send a winner. Did we see one tonight?
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