Hungary’s national selection A Dal kicked off tonight, with six acts qualifying for the semi-finals. Leander Kills, Roma Soul, Viki Singh, Spoon 21, David Henderson and Benji will be heading to the semi-finals in February.
The first five qualifiers were determined by a combination of televote and an expert jury made up of Hungarian music industry pros Caramel, Zséda, Károly Frenreisz and Miklós Both.
This vote was won by rock band Leander Kills and Gergö Oláh’s band Roma Soul, who both scored 40 points. Next was soul singer Viki Singh and boy band Spoon 21, who both closely following on 39 points. David Henderson took fifth place with 37 points.
The sixth qualifier was selected by a second round of public voting. The public agreed with the results of the first round — the sixth spot went to Benji who also placed sixth in the first round.
The qualifiers will go on to compete in the semi-finals, which start in early February. They’ll be joined by the qualifiers from the other two heats, which will take place in coming weeks.
A Dal – Heat 1 qualifiers
- Leander Kills “Élet” (40 points)
- Roma Soul “Nyitva a ház” (40 points)
- Viki Singh “Rain” (39 points)
- Spoon 21 “Deák” (39 points)
- Dávid Henderson “White Shadows” (37 points)
- Benji “Karcok” (36 points)
A Dal – Heat 1 eliminated acts
- Rocktenors “Ösz” (33 points)
- The Wings “Mint a hurrikán” (32 points)
- Kata Csondor “Create” (32 points)
- Calidora “Glory” (30 points)
Wiwibloggs readers didn’t agree with Hungary’s favourite. In our recent reader’s poll, Calidora topped the vote with 22%. However, she was the lowest scoring act in the show and managed only 30 points.
However, qualifiers David Henderson, Spoon 21, Benji, Viki Singh and Leander Kills were your next top picks. Hungarian favourite Roma Soul was not a favourite with wiwibloggs readers – they managed only 2% of the vote in our poll.
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.
What do you think? Is there a potential A Dal winner amongst these acts? Share your thoughts below!