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

  1. Leander Kills “Élet” (40 points)
  2. Roma Soul “Nyitva a ház” (40 points)
  3. Viki Singh “Rain” (39 points)
  4. Spoon 21 “Deák” (39 points)
  5. Dávid Henderson “White Shadows” (37 points)
  6. 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!

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Marco
Marco
3 years ago

@bulgariastan I believe that something happened with Marci’s (the lead singer’s earpiece) that’s why he sounder so bad. If you look at their acoustic version of the song for example, you’ll see that he’s actually a more than decent vocalist

bulgariastan
bulgariastan
3 years ago

my overall number one was spoon 21… until the live performance. viki’s song gives me chills and for that reason she is now my number one.

AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

Leander Kills: you never know with such songs. They may do well, they may not do well. But this is a really good song. I like the music, I don’t understand the language but it doesn’t matter at all. It makes it even better. Roma Soul: something different. I imagine the song at ESC, this can have a good performance on stage. Viki Singh: classic ballad, too eurovision. It maybe won’t stand out, as it will be like others. Great voice though. Spoon 21: I see an enthusiasm about this song. I am not so excited, but why not? It’s… Read more »

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

I disagree with people hating on Viki……the songs gives me titanic vibes…….I like it.Spoon 21 needs to do so much better live to stay in hunt 🙁

Héctor
Héctor
3 years ago

Even I predict the qualifiers except for Roma Soul, I’m surprised by the results as the favs (David Henderson, Spoon 21) barely go through. I saw Spoon’s performance before the video was deleted and I think they should improve their live… but for now ‘Deak’ is my fav along Kalandor

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 years ago

Crap. More typos, and I catch them the split-second AFTER I hit the “Post Comment” button.

Regarding Calidora, it should read, “SHE really struggled out there,…” and so on.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
3 years ago

Late for the party, I am, as usual. I got around to watching the first heat of A Dal 2017, and this round was very hard to score (I’m using 8 criteria). Here is how I saw it: 9.325 Spoon 21+. They would do well on an ESC stage with a slightly-revamped stage performance. 9.313 Rocktenors. My score was driven more heavily by their vocals than their stage performance. They should have ditched the trapeze guy, for one. 9.288 Viki Singh+ 9.288 Leander Kills+ 9.288 Roma Soul+ 9.263 Kata Csondor ——————– 9.238 The Wings 9.125 Benji+ 9.075 David Henderson+ 9.038… Read more »

Alan Torrès
Alan Torrès
3 years ago

David Henderson <3

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
3 years ago

Benji should have placed a bit higher

Vale
Vale
3 years ago

Poor Calidora, i feel so sorry for her, she was really nervous. 🙁
Spoon 21 also wasn’t too good, the music got worsened, and those live vocals.. Marci is a really good vocalist, but I feel like he didn’t take it seriously, “Our song is a huge fan favourite, we will qualify even if we bring trash to the stage”. Hope I’m false and it was just the nerves for him too.

Bazinga
Bazinga
3 years ago

Spoon 21 has the best song easily, but their live performance should have been better. Rocktenors were very good as well, they should have made into the 2nd round at least.

Leander and Roma Soul were utter trash. I don’t get the fuss.

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
3 years ago

Roma Soul and Sppon 21 are great 🙂

William Lee Adams
William Lee Adams
3 years ago

Ah, Calidora. She slays in the studio version…but live the vocals did not work 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

So the favourite was last?! AaaHaHaHaa! Sorry about that; I don’t know what came over me…

So a rock band tied for the lead. A genuinely fascinating result. Looks like “A Dal” might be the competition to follow this year after all.

Kimmm
Kimmm
3 years ago

Yes. Eurovision 2017 needs bands like people needs oxygen. Hope one of them will win.

Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years ago

Spoon 21 are my favorites I just hope they change their song back to normal and try to make their performance even better than it already is and improve vocally ???? I believe in them

eurovision6
eurovision6
3 years ago

Spoon 21 for Eurovision!!

EscGreekFan
EscGreekFan
3 years ago

Great results! Glad that both Leander Kills,Roma Soul & Spoon21 finished in the top3,showing the variety & the quality..I wish Rocktenors could qualify instead of Viki Singh but she has a lovely voice.
David Henderson is also a very deserved qualifier,same as Benji.
Calidora was pretty bad,although her song is good-ish..Idk what everyone found in it so it could be #1 in the wiwi poll..On to the next week!

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
3 years ago

Wings should qualify instead of viki…much better song

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

Calidora came last. 🙁

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
3 years ago

pretty boring heat tbh
glad that spoon 21 got in although it looks like they won’t make it to the final 🙁