Hungary’s national selection A Dal 2018 continued tonight, with six more acts qualifying for the semi-finals. Gergely Dánielfy, AWSyesyes, Gábor Heincz Biga, Odett and SavituS will be heading to the semis in February.

The first five qualifiers were determined by a combination of televote and an expert jury made up of actress Judit Schell, Magna Cum Laude lead singer Misi Mezo, award-winning musician Miklós Both and the music legend Károly Frenreisz.

The winner of this vote was tied between Gergely Dánielfy and metal band AWS, who both earned with 45 points. Their scores are also the highest scores awarded so far in A Dal 2018. AWS’s song “Viszlát nyár” had a slight edge in the televote, earning one point more than Gergely Dánielfy’s “Azt mondtad”.

The next two acts were also tied — yesyes and Gábor Heincz Biga both earned 43 points. They were followed in fifth place by Odett with 39 points.

The sixth qualifier was selected by a second round of public voting. The public didn’t agree with the results of the first round — the sixth spot went to SavituS who had previously placed ninth 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 six qualifiers from last week’s semi-final and the six who’ll be selected next week.

A Dal 2018 – Heat 2 qualifiers

  1. Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad” (45 points)
  2. AWS – “Viszlát nyár” (45 points)
  3. yesyes – “I Let You Run Away” (43 points)
  4. Gábor Heincz Biga – “Good Vibez” (43 points)
  5. Odett – “Aranyhal” (39 points)
  6. SavituS – “Lusta lány” (34 points)

A Dal 2018 – Heat 2 eliminated acts

We asked wiwibloggs readers who their favourite overall act was in A Dal 2018. Of the heat two acts, wiwibloggs readers largedly agreed with the qualifiers. Yesyes was the big favourite and even placed second in the overall A Dal 2018 ranking.

Like the A Dal jury, Wiwibloggs readers were less enthusiastic about the

  1. Yesyes – “I Let You Run Away” 13.2% (275 votes)
  2. AWS – “Viszlát nyár” 5.28% (110 votes)
  3. Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad” 3.02% (63 votes)
  4. Gábor Heincz Biga – “Good vibez” 1.87% (39 votes)
  5. Viki Singh – “Butterfly House” 1.49% (31 votes)
  6. Odett – “Aranyhal” 1.34% (28 votes)
  7. Peet Project – “Runaround” 1.25% (26 votes)
  8. Maya ‘n’ Peti – “Nekem te” 0.77% (16 votes)
  9. SativuS – “Lusta lány” 0.62% (13 votes)
  10. Nene zenekar – “Mese a királyról” 0.53% (11 votes)

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” placed fifth in 2014, and Joci Pápai whose mysterious “Origo” placed eight last year.

What do you think? Is there a potential A Dal winner amongst these acts? Share your thoughts below!

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I’m glad to see AWS make it (they are my #2 overall after Leander Kills) because us rock fans would like at least one good rock song each year (it’s only fair! lol), I do worry that AWS would do rather poorly in Lisbon whereas I think Leander Kills could qualify and even do quite well.

Good for yesyes too and I was pleasantly surprised by Gergely Danielfy! It was like a cross between Salvador and Ott Lepland (“Kuula”). The violinist with the big mole was creeping me out though.

JCM
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JCM

Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad” for the win, it´s absolutly a gorgeous song!

Zebb
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Zebb

Woah AWS slayed, despite of lot of growling in the end that was a SAW!

Expected for Peet Project this time 🙁

Blackquill
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Blackquill

I almost figured it out immediately that as soon as AWS stepped onto the stage and the crowd started cheering instantly, that they were gonna bring this on home. Energetic, raw, yet with emotion and a melody. I don’t know how they’re gonna improve, but I damn hope AWS will sweep through the semifinal and then take the ticket to Lisbon!

Wiebel
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Wiebel

C’mon Hungary, AWS has to win!

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Oh my god, Hungary! Send AWS please… I promise, I’ll spend all my votes for you. This is exactly what we Need at Eurovision!!!! (I’m sure you could also be succesful with ”I let you run away”, ”Meggyfa”, ”Azt Mondtat” or ”nem szol harang” tho)

Héctor
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Héctor

AWS and Yesyes to the final. AWS’ live performance was impressive, very energetic! About Yesyes, I was expecting something different. What have they done to the song? Those backing vocalist sound awful. This needs to be fixed. It’s the best studio version for me.

Hunter Doerksen
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Hunter Doerksen

Yeah, I think the music for yesyes’ song needs more presence. The backing vocals just added mess.

lil nasty
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lil nasty

what’s hungary’s obsession with screaming rock people it’s nasty

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Just look at their male-dominated music industry… the only albums that sell there anymore are rock albums. And Magdi Rúzsa.

Barnabás Mike
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Male-dominated? You gotta be kidding.

Colin
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Colin

Oh, the moment when your top 2 takes the first two positions! YES!!! Gergely’s song is a frickin masterpiece! AWS are phenomenal! I am so happy both have a legit shot of winning A-dal. 🙂

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Before the contest, this looked like the weakest heat for me, personally. I wasn’t wrong. Did not really like anything but Gergely Dánielfy was ok and Ádám Szabó was better than last year.
Maya ‘n’ Peti were unlucky. His voice was fantastic and the performance was cute.

Zolex
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Zolex

I hope we will send to Lisabon AWS or yesyes !

Joe
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Joe

This is like a well-sung, better-staged version of the avalanche of mid-00s rock acts in Eurovision. Czech Republic and Slovakia could’ve learned from these guys. Is Meggyfa part of this selection or another national final, ‘cuz while AWS are definitely my second-favorite at the moment (and I don’t doubt they could keep up Hungary’s streak of making the final and being the obligatory rock act after Ukraine in 2017, Cyprus in 2016, Romania in 2015, Finland in 2014…), I still have hopes Meggyfa goes to Lisbon.

Joe
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Joe

OK, I checked: yes, Meggyfa is from this selection, and yes, I still hope it’s the winner.

AB
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AB

I knew AWS was going to bring it, but goodness me that was a great way to wake up on a Sunday morning. They were incredible, and I really really hope they win.

Gobio
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Gobio

Yessss AWS Rock! They were amazing and I wish they win the whole thing!