Punk rockers went pop, and a male opera singer did too, but in the end only one act could win A Dal — Hungary’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. After a marathon selection with no less than six shows and two rounds of voting in the final, Freddie has emerged as the winner with the song “Pioneer”.
Reaction: Freddie wins with “Pioneer”
The contest took place in two parts. During the first part the jury rated each of the live performances, and the four acts with the most points advanced to a super final. Those four acts were: Freddie, Gergó Ólah, Kallay Saunders Band and Petruska.
In the super final power shifted to the people, with a 100% televote system determining the winner.
Freddie – “Pioneer”
Ahead of tonight’s show, our Wiwi Jury was filled with praise for Freddie. Here’s what one juror wrote:
Oh my, this is heaven. I’m addicted to Freddie’s raw voice, which sounds really good on “Pioneer”. I’m so glad that the live version isn’t a letdown. In fact, it’s way better than expected. I like the staging and of course I like Freddie. 2014 was a great year for Hungary, but this is even better than “Running”. They’ll have another top-five entry if they choose this.
- Mushu – “Uncle Tom”
- Parno Graszt – “Már nem szédülök”
- Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth – “Seven Seas”
- Petruska – “Trouble In My Mind”
- Gergo Oláh – “Gyoz a jó”
- Freddie – “Pioneer”
- Kállay Saunders Band – “Who We Are”
- André Vásáry – “Why”
How was the show?
Through an hour and a half, the eight acts paraded in the stage. We say body painting, violins, sand, a Buddhist monk,… After all of them had performed, it was time for the jury to announce their points. This is how the results were like:
After that, it was time to vote! While Hungarians cast their votes, producers welcomed two Eurovision stars of yesterday: Eurovision 2009 winner Alexander Rybak and last year’s Hungarian representative Boggie.
Over the past few days, wiwibloggers Mikhail and Judit have been running around MTVA’s studios in Budapest interviewing the finalists and the winner. You can watch them all in our playlist below.
And after that, Freddie (the jury, the Wiwi Jury and the fan favourite) was declared the winner. This is how he reacted…
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