It’s the national final known for always getting Hungary into the grand final at Eurovision. Hungarian broadcaster MTVA has today confirmed that around 350 entries have been received for A Dal 2018. Now it’s up to the selection committee to decide which acts will make it to the live shows.
Entries for A Dal 2018 closed on Monday and already the broadcaster is busy sorting through their selection for 2018.
From the 350 entries, less than 10% will make it to the live shows. Thirty entries will be selected to compete in the A Dal semi-finals. The lucky 30 will be revealed in early December — not long to wait!
The selection this year will involve songs from many different genres, from both established artists and newcomers. However, the A Dal 2018 rules mean that only experienced artists can apply. Artists must have previously released recordings — or television appearances — and must be signed to a record label or professional music manager.
The A Dal 2018 live shows begin on 20 January 2018, with heats, followed by two semi-finals. The grand final will take place on 24 February. And it’s there that Hungary’s song for Lisbon will be decided.
Hungary at Eurovision
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, András Kállay-Saunders, whose edgy dubstep exploration of domestic violence “Running” place fifth in 2014, and Joci Pápai, who earlier this year placed eighth with the mysterious “Origo”.
In other years, Hungary hasn’t earned such strong results. Boggie’s subdued peace song “Wars for Nothing” managed only 20th place in 2015. A year later, Freddie’s “Pioneer” — which was criticised for cheesy staging — did marginally better in 19th place.
However, as Hungarian media have today noted, winning A Dal can give a huge boost to a performer’s career in Hungary. Joci Papai has been enjoying many local successes since his top-ten placing at Eurovision.
What do you think? Who would you like to see in A Dal 2018? Who should represent Hungary in Lisbon? Have your say below!