Hungary’s national selection A Dal moved one step closer to the grand final, with four acts qualifying for the grand final. Gabi Tóth, Zävodi + Olivér Berkes, Leander Kills and the Kallay Saunders Band 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 Gabi Tóth who earned 44 points for her song “Hosszú idök”. She was followed by Zävodi + Olivér Berkes with “#háttérzaj” and Leander Kills with “Élet”, both on 43 points.
The fourth qualifier was selected by a second round of public voting. The public agreed with the results of the first round — the fourth spot went to the Kallay Saunders Band with “17”. They had also placed fourth in the first round.
This will be András Kállay-Saunders third time in the A Dal final. He placed second in 2013 with “My Baby”, he won in 2014 with “Running”, and made the superfinal last year with “Who We Are”. But 2017 marks the first time he’s headed to the final on the public televote 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 qualifiers from the first semi-final, Joci Pápai, Gina Kanizsa, Gigi Radics and Soulwave. The eight acts will compete to win the ticket to Kyiv and follow the likes of Freddie and Boggie and represent Hungary at Eurovision.
A Dal – Semi-final 1 qualifiers
1. Gabi Tóth “Hosszú idök” (44 points)
2. Zävodi + Olivér Berkes “#háttérzaj” (43 points)
3. Leander Kills “Élet” (43 points)
4. Kállay Saunders Band “17” (42 points)
A Dal: First semi-final eliminated acts
- Peet Project “Kill Your Monster” (38 points)
- Roma Soul “Nyitva a ház” (38 points)
- Ádám Szabó “Together” (37 points)
- Mrs. Columbo “Frozen King” (37 points)
- Benji “Karcok” (33 points)
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