Eurovision 2016

HUNGARY – LIVE BLOG for A Dal Quarter Final Three from 19:40 CET!!!


Hungary – Join us tonight at 19:40 CET for our LIVE rolling blog of the third and final  heat of A-Dal 2016

10 acts will compete for a place in the Semi Finals. You can watch the show live here at 19:40 CET and just refresh our page here to get the views, comments and strangely unique points of view from Phil Colclough of OnEurope who you will know from us here at Eurovision Ireland and his sparkling charm and witty repartee should keep you entertained… or bored to hell, who knows!!

We will also have the #MagicMic Award to present. Who will be the lucky recipient tonight?

The 10 Acts Tonight 

  • Beautiful love – Nika
  • You told me that you loved me – B the First
  • Love kills me – Ív
  • Speed bump – Bálint Gájer
  • Már nem szédülök – Parno Graszt
  • Katonák – Viki Singhh
  • Come along – Júlia Horányi
  • Trouble in my mind – Petruska
  • Seven seas – Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth
  • It is love – Szilvia Agárdi

The results will be a combination of a Jury and Audience Vote where 5 entries will progress to the Semi Finals. The a sixth act will be solely picked by the televote from the non qualifiers.  This week we can see the draw order and it is shown above!

So sit back and get ready for Dr. Phil to give you his spin on tonight’s Hungarian third heat of A-Dal 2016 – JUST REFRESH THE PAGE for the upto date comments – at your own risk!

Rolling Blog Begins at 19:40 CET

Well it’s nice to be back for the Third round of heats for A Dal.  Duna TV will be firing up the carrier pigeons shortly I am guessing… I Can’t *wait*, and neither can Big Ron Atkinson!! But first…. Come Dancing!!



….and our presenters



Song 1 –  Beautiful Love – Nika


Changing the order on me was NOT funny but so be it.   An earnest ballad by Nika but totally forgettable to be honest.  It seems as though the verse has no redeeming features and the only thing that is saving this is a high note 2/3 of the way through the song.  Ends rather suddenly too so I’m not feeling it.

Jury Scores : 7-6-9-7-5.  34 Total

Song 2 –  You told me that you loved me – B the First


It’s a man with a zapata moustache singing rock-a-billy at me.  That description, dear reader, is the highpoint of this song.  He comes across as a try hard that needs a darn good slap and he *thinks* he’s Elvis but he turns into a pastiche of a pastiche.  The song runs out of idea about 90 seconds in and with minimal choreography and not a lot else has no redeeming features.

Jury Scores : 8-9-7-7-5. 36 Points , shockingly!

Song 3 –  Love kills me – Ív


So Iv comes on with a soulful sound, singing like a cross between Nina Zilli and some other woman in a Fedora… Her backing singers mainly mince about but one of them does come and “rap” for her a little bit.  The stage is in neon colours and thats probably the best bit of this song.  It’s definitely a filler track on “That’s what I call A Dal”   The “cool” sound doesn’t really gell.  Sorry.

Jury Scores – 7-8-7-6-5.  33 Points.

Song 4 – Speed bump – Bálint Gájer

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Man in a sharp suit alert!!  Gajer sings the first uptempo thing of the night but even that is understated. He’s backed up by 2 lads in flat caps and a guitarist and the whole schick seems to be that your man is trying to be on TV whilst singing this song… Oh the irony I hear no one cry!

He then gets some sort of marching band towards the end and surely breaks the 6 on stage rule….  Hmmm… Best of tonight so far.

Jury Scores –  6-7-6-7-7 . 33 Points.

Song 5 –  Már nem szédülök – Parno Graszt

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And now comes the ethnic song of the night.  Our girl has burst into tears after about 30 seconds of the song which is very odd, mind you its not as odd as her voice which does indeed have a “romany” quality to it.  The staging is very “fairground” and the song seems to get faster and faster as it goes on.  Think Turbofolk meets Hungary and you wont go far wrong.   To be honest, that has winner to me written all over it for tonight at least.

Jury Scores : 8-7-9-9-5. Total 38 Points.

Song 6 – Katonák – Viki Singh

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A song sung surrounded by candles.  Now *that’s* original from Hungary.  Viki, however, has a decent voice but the ballad is a bit of a dirge to be honest and even her grandma on the pianola and the Violinist playing in a minor key can’t save this one from being sleep-inducingly exciting!  I may be a bit jaded but this seems to be the worst of the six so far.

Jury Scores – 8-8-5-7-6.  34 Points.

Song 7 – Come along – Júlia Horányi


Finally, a decent ballad by a decent singer.  Julia seems to sell me this song and after a slow start, and a pink motif it builds into a nice song that should do very well.  It’s nothing special in Eurovision terms but in this field it stands out because of its simplicity and lack of sillyness and try hards.

Jury Score : 7-5-7-6-6.  31 Points ( It clearly didn’t hit the jury in the same way I liked it!)

Song 8 – Trouble in my mind – Petruska


Here’s a sentence I never thought i’d write.  It’s a beardy man playing a guitar singing a modern Charleston based song.  Sadly, though, there are no girls doing the said dance, just a myriad of screens doing modern dance.  the song is a touch repetitive though (like most of them tonight, it’s not been a good heat to be honest) but this could well qualify.

Jury Scores : 9-9-9-8-7.  A Massive 42 Points

Song 9 – Seven seas – Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth

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Now there have been some rotten songs this evening, as you may have witnessed, but this seems to be the bottom of this barrel.  Two leather clad singers singing a touch out of tune with each other.  they don’t look suited to each other, let along the song.  Andi seems to sing louder than Oliver and the mix hasn’t changed.  He is also considerably taller than her and the back to back shot is HILARIOUS.  Not for me.

Jury Scores : 6-7-5-9-7.  34 Points

Song 10  It is love – Szilvia Agárdi

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And to close this ballad heavy show is… another ballad.  However I like this one.  Silvya, as you can see, has something up with her eyes ( I suspect she’s blind but not sure), so this limits her movement, however the dancers take your focus off her but the voice cuts through all of that and is a typical ballad of the old school.  Backing singers could do with a bit of movement but damn, that voice… and it should qualify with ease.

Jury Scores : 8-9-8-8-7. 40 points (and well deserved!)

The Televoting qualifier is : Seven seas – Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth 

Magic Mic Award

#MagicMic - Sascha Frasz Graphic Design

It’s a tough choice with some truly dire songs this evening but beardy Petruska does it for me.  The song was a cut above and resonated with both the jury and the televoters (who scored it higher than 5 points!!) – therefore he wins the Magic Mic…. for being average!!


Beautiful love – Nika (34 Points – Qualified in 5th by Jury Tie Break)

You told me that you loved me – B the First (36 Points – Qualified)

Love kills me – Ív ( 33 points)

Speed bump – Bálint Gájer (33 points)

Már nem szédülök – Parno Graszt (38 Points – Qualified)

Katonák – Viki Singh (34 Points)

Come along – Júlia Horányi ( 31 Points)

Trouble in my mind – Petruska (42 Points – Qualifed)

Seven seas – Olivér Berkes & Andi Tóth ( 34 Points – Televoting)

It is love – Szilvia Agárdi (40 Points – Qualified)

Phil Colclough, signing off from A Dal Towers!

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