Hungary’s national selection A Dal moved onto the semi-final stage tonight, with four acts qualifying for the grand final. Joci Pápai, Gina Kaniza, Gigi Radics, and Soulwave will be heading to the grand final next Saturday.
Tonight’s first three 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 Joci Pápai with “Origo” and Gina Kanizsa with “Fall Like Rain”, both on 45 points. Gina scored top marks with the jury, earning the maximum of 10 points from each juror. Joci was a bigger hit with the public, getting seven points in the televote, compared to only five for Gina. Gigi Radics took third place with 42 points for her song “See It Through”.
The fourth qualifier was selected by a second round of public voting. The public didn’t quite agree with the results of the first round — the fourth spot went to Soulwave who had placed fifth in the first round with 37 points. Soulwave and their song “Kalandor” were also saved by the public in their heat — but this time the jury was on their side and gave a higher score than previously.
Amongst the eliminated acts is boyband Spoon 21. Their song “Deák” received a lower jury score this time and put them on 37, tied with Chase, Dávid Henderson and Soulwave. In the end it was fellow boyband Soulwave who were able to muster more support to win the public lifeline.
The four qualifiers will go on to compete in the grand final of A Dal 2017, next Saturday 18 February. They’ll be joined by the four qualifiers from the second semi-final, due to be held tomorrow night, Saturday 11 February.
A Dal – Semi-final 1 qualifiers
Joci Pápai – “Origo” (45 points)
Gina Kanizsa – “Fall Like Rain” (45 points)
Gigi Radics – “See It Through” (42 points)
Soulwave – “Kalandor” (37 points)
A Dal: First semi-final eliminated acts
- Viki Singh – “Rain” (38 points)
- Chase – “Dust In the Wind” (37 points)
- Spoon 21 – “Deák” (37 points)
- Dávid Henderson – “White Shadows” (37 points)
- The Couple – “Vége van” (36 points)
What the Wiwi Jury thought
After the first performances in the heats, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — reviewed the qualifying songs. Here’s what we thought of tonight’s finalists:
“Songs like “Origo” are what Eurovision should be about: showcasing your country by fusing its traditional sounds with something unexpected and modern. I have no idea what is being sung, but I don’t care because it is so interesting and different from all of the other generic songs being served up by most national selections. Me likey.” – Jason
” I’m pretty sure my sister wore that dress to her prom in 1997. The dated wardrobe reflects the song, which seeks to channel Whitney Houston, but ultimately comes off as very karaoke. This isn’t down to Gigi — her voice soars. It’s that the production, the melody and the shape are so “we’ve heard it all before”. My score is a five — and every point is down to Gigi, not the lacklustre tune.” – William
“This is closer to a YouTube copyright-free background video than a Eurovision entry. They are called Soulwave, but I can hardly feel a breeze, and very little soul. The song itself is not bad at all, but it’s a) not memorable and b) too plain. You’ve already heard in 30 seconds what they offer in three minutes.” – Luis
“The more I listen to this song, the more I dislike it. I never thought I’d hear a Hersi’s “One Night’s Anger”-cum-Broadway number, but lo and behold, A Dal delivers. Gina’s vocals aren’t suited particularly to this song, with the final note being a particular struggle.” – Chris
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