Hungarian broadcaster MTVA have confirmed this afternoon that the second heat of A Dal 2017, due to air tonight, will be postponed. Producers took the decision out of respect for 16 victims of a bus crash that occurred overnight in Italy. Most of the victims were young pupils from Hungary.
Hungary’s government have declared Monday a national day of mourning for the tragedy. The crash, which took place near the city of Verona, involved a bus carrying students aged 14-18. The bus collided with a column before bursting into flames. In addition to the 16 killed, a further 39 were injured. The cause of the accident is still unknown.
As a result, MTVA accordingly made the decision to postpone tonight’s heat of A Dal. It’s a decision that must be respected as the country seeks to recover from such a loss. The heat will be rescheduled to take place at a later date, which will be announced in due course.
TOTOVA — the favourite for tonight’s heat — posted a tribute to those killed on Facebook earlier today.
Our condolences go out to everyone touched by the accident. As always, we’ll keep you informed when A Dal is set to return.