After three heats, two semi-finals and two voting rounds in the grand final, at last Hungary has decided. Post-hardcore band AWS has won A Dal 2018 and will perform their song “Viszlát nyár” at Eurovision 2018.
AWS is a five-piece post-hardcore band from Budakeszi. They have been performing for 12 years and have released three albums. Their song “Viszlát nyár” means “Goodbye summer”.
The grand final was made up of two parts. First the eight all-male finalists performed their songs in front of 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 jury voted and from their votes alone the top four acts then progressed to the super final. The four super finalists were: Gergely Dánielfy with “Azt mondtad”, Viktor Király with “Budapest Girl”, yesyes and “I Let You Run Away” and AWS with “Viszlát nyár”.
Fan favourite Tamas Horvath didn’t make it out of this round. His song “Meggyfa” was not a hit with the jury. No jury member awarded it points, ensuring that the song did not have any chance of making it to the super final.
These four acts then faced a second round of voting, determined entirely by the public vote. From that, the people of Hungary decided they wanted AWS to be their act in Lisbon.
The Wiwi Jury was also in agreement with the people of Hungary. AWS topped the Hungary Wiwi Jury, with an average score of 7.5/10. Jury member Barnabas was enthused, saying “This. Is. What. Hungary. Needs. For. Eurovision. And let’s get it straight: while some acts manage to set the stage on fire, these guys NUKED it!”
Wiwibloggs readers picked AWS as their third favourite in the recent Wiwi Poll. AWS picked up 20.32% of the vote, while yesyes was top with 32.57% of the vote and Tamás Horváth was second with 23.52%.
A Dal 2018 – first round results
- Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad” (36 points)
- Viktor Király – “Budapest Girl” (30 points)
- yesyes – “I Let You Run Away” (28 points)
- AWS – “Viszlát nyár” (8 points)
- Leander Kills – “Nem szól harang” (6 points)
- Gábor Heincz Biga – “Good Vibez” (4 points)
- Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa” (0 points)
- Zsolt Süle – “Zöld a május”(0 points)
What do you think? Is this song a good choice for Hungary at Eurovision? Will they keep their qualification record? Hav your say below!