They’re the country whose national final A Dal has a 100% qualification rate. Now Hungary‘s national broadcaster MTVA has confirmed that the grand final of A Dal will be held on 18 February 2017. And we’ll soon find out the acts competing in the show.

While the broadcaster has confirmed that the grand final will be held on 18 February, they haven’t given details of any heats or semi-finals. Since 2013, A Dal has used three heats, two semi-finals and the grand final. However, in 2012, the first A Dal used only two semi-finals and the grand final.

And we will soon know who is competing in A Dal 2017. At a press conference on Thursday 8 December, the show hosts Csilla Tatár and Levente Harsányi will reveal all the artists and songs competing in the show. They’ll also reveal who will be on the judging panel.

In October, the broadcaster opened applications for A Dal. Unlike other nationa finals that welcome entries from amateur artists, A Dal is only open to experienced singers — such as those who have released albums or appeared on television shows.

The organisers noted that A Dal is “not a routine talent show” and that they were specifically looking for “new, high-quality Hungarian songs”.

Hungary at Eurovision

Since the launch of A Dal in 2012, the show’s winners have consistently qualified for the Eurovision grand final. The most successful entries have been ByeAlex, whose sweet hipster ballad “Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)” placed 10th in 2013, and András Kállay-Saunders, whose edgy dubstep exploration of domestic violence “Running” place fifth in 2014.

In recent years, Hungary hasn’t earned such strong results. In 2015, Boggie’s subdued peace song “Wars for Nothing” managed only 20th place. Earlier this year, Freddie’s “Pioneer”, which was criticised for indistinct singing and cheesy staging, did marginally better in 19th place.

Kállay-Saunders recently teased a possible return to A Dal with his group, the Kállay Saunders Band.

What do you think? Who would you like to see at A Dal 2017? Can Hungary improve on their 2016 results? Share your thoughts below!

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MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
4 years ago

I LOVE A dal 🙂 In my opinion….the best NF, along with Eesti Laul (and UMK sometimes). Most countries have good Nfs, but still.

30 songs every year. many songs in the native tounge. lots of “different sounding” songs in ESC-terms. Usually modern songs. BIG musical variation. And usually the singers are good!

Will be great to to follow!

Wt?
Wt?
4 years ago

@ Polegend Godgarina be careful with this ”ex-URSS countries” mentioning. I am from one of those and if you name my country like that you will insult the whole nation very deeply. So use real names.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

@ Paul D. – and yet, none of those 7 neighbors are remotely like Hungary on a cultural level. Have Austria, Slovenia etc been voting for Hungary steadily? I don’t think so. Can’t say the same about Scandinavia, the Balkans and ex-URSS countries, or even Italy-Malta/Italy-Albania or Spain-Portugal-Andorra.

Ellie
Ellie
4 years ago

So we’ll get all A Dal and 1/2 of Eesti Laul songs on Thursday? I’m hyped.

Tusán
4 years ago

@Azaad Ugh… please, tell me ONE country that handles the migrant crisis the right way, I’ll wait.

Azaad
Azaad
4 years ago

@Tusàn

The Hungarian PM is a far right bigot IMO, and the way the country handled the refugee crisis was terrible (although my own nation Australia should also be condemned in that regard).

Nab
Nab
4 years ago

I think that Hungary is one of the most unrated countries in ESC. All of their songs in last 5 years have been very good.

Tusán
4 years ago

@Azaad oh girl, what political reasons?

Azaad
Azaad
4 years ago

Good on Hungary only accepting entries from experienced singers- a professional and seasoned act will always do better at Eurovision! Although I wouldn’t want Budapest 2018 for political reasons…

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

I think Freddie’s song was overrated this year, in the way that most people don’t have a clue why it didn’t do well and act like it should’ve won. He’s a good singer, but the song was just so bland/typical for Eurovision and the background singers completely ruined it (especially the middle guy). I liked the shirtless drummer though 🙂

I hope Hungary wins soon, I’ve liked most of the songs they’ve sent since they returned in 2011, the only one I didnt like was 2012.

Paul D.
Paul D.
4 years ago

@Polegend Godgarina

What are you talking about? They have 7 neighbours

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 years ago

Hungary has nobody voting for them just because they’re Hungary, we should only applaud them for qualifying every year in this decade without the help of neighbors or migrants! Excited for their national selection indeed.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

Excellent. I hope András has better luck with the sound system than he did at the last A Dal.

I hope Freddie tries again. I don’t know Hungarian (I read the lyrics at a translator Web site), but his latest, “Na Jó, Hello”, sounds quite good.

oooops
oooops
4 years ago

Does nothing to do with this, but I just found out Charlie will compete in the final in swedish Idol, he will perform on the same stage as for example Sergey Lazarev, Frans and Poli Genova.