Hungary’s national selection A Dal 2018 continued tonight, with the final six acts qualifying for the semi-finals. Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos, Tamás Horváth, Maszkura és a tücsökraj, Ham ko Ham, Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh and Roland Gulyás 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 the trio of Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos who earned 44 points for their song “Életre kel”. In second place was televote favourite Tamás Horváth on 42 points.

Tied in third placed was Maszkura és a tücsökraj and Ham ko Ham, both on 38 points. Following closely in fifth place was the duet of Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh with 37 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 Roland Gulyás who had previously placed eighth in the first round.

A Dal 2018 – Heat 3 qualifiers

  1. Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel” (44 points)
  2. Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa” (42 points)
  3. Maszkura és a tücsökraj – “Nagybetus szavak” (38 points)
  4. Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz” (38 points)
  5. Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh – “Journey (Break Your Chains)” (37 points)
  6. Roland Gulyás – “H Y P N O T I Z E D” (35 points)

A Dal 2018 – Heat 3 eliminated acts

  • Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó” (37 points)
  • Reni Tolvai – “Crack My Code” (37 points)
  • #yeahla feat. Viki Eszes – “1 Szó Mint 100” (35 points)
  • Andy Roll – “Turn the Lights On” (33 points)

We asked wiwibloggs readers who their favourite overall act was in A Dal 2018. Televote winner Tamás Horváth was the big favourite, as the most popular act from all A Dal 2018 contestants.

Of the other heat three acts, Reni Tolvai, #yeahla and Nova Prospect took the next three slots, but they all failed to make it to the semi-finals. The heat winner — Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos

  1. Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa” 17.8% (417 votes)
  2. Reni Tolvai – “Crack My Code” 5.76% (135 votes)
  3. #yeahla feat. Viki Eszes – “1 Szó Mint 100” 4.87% (114 votes)
  4. Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó” 3.41% (80 votes)
  5. Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh – “Journey (Break Your Chains)” 2.13% (50 votes)
  6. Andy Roll – “Turn the Lights On” 1.88% (44 votes)
  7. Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz” 1.84% (43 votes)
  8. Roland Gulyás – “Hypnotized” 1.2% (28 votes)
  9. Maszkura és a tücsökraj feat. Fatima Mohamed – “Nagybetus szavak” 0.64% (15 votes)
  10. Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény and Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel” 0.41% (10 votes)

The 18 qualifiers from the heats of A Dal will square off in the semi-finals, starting next Saturday.

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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Vanessa
Vanessa
3 years ago

Horváth Tamás for the win!

Joe
Joe
3 years ago

Holding out for Meggyfa. It might need a punchier stage show besides two guys in sombreros(?) but it’s already got 2 million YouTube views so it’s got a following. Hungary’s got a good track record – a neat, catchy, local-sounding song could keep it going.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 years ago

I don’t usually follow A Dal, but I did watch most of this heat. What a diverse selection of music this was! Ethnic traditional, rock, rap, pop… something for everyone here. That rap in “crack my code” was hilarious!
Interesting qualifiers. Not who I would have chosen, but then it was very close in terms of ability.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago

How on Earth did Maszkura és a tücsökraj qualify? It was the only performance I could not watch for the whole three minutes.

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Still, AWS and Gergely got most points overall! PLEASE, let one of them eventually win. I like Meggyfa too, though, but these two are the best for me.

M_K
M_K
3 years ago

The live stream didn’t work for me so it was the first heat that I missed.
🙁

InTheDungeon
InTheDungeon
3 years ago
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Weißbrot
Weißbrot
3 years ago

I still want AWS to win. My top would be: 1.AWS 2.Leander kills/ Danielfy Gergely 3.Yesyes/Horvath Tamas …. each of my 5 favourites could win, they’re all great. But I really want AWS :DD

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago
Reply to  Weißbrot

Your top five are actually all pretty good choices!

EscAU
EscAU
3 years ago

Wtf the eliminated ones are the best ugh hungary

Zolex
Zolex
3 years ago

Tamás Horváth not as good as may possible in my opinion. We should send to Lisabon AWS!

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
3 years ago
Reply to  Zolex

I still want Tamás Horváth to win!