Hungary is back with A-Dal for another year, not only choosing a representative for Lisbon, but hopefully an overall winner for the Eurovision Song Contest too. Join me Richard, as we discover who’ll progress from Heat One. You know the drill by now – just refresh this page every so often and follow the goings ons of the first show in this National Selection.
You can watch the show HERE.
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We are waiting for the web stream to kick in and then we will be off!!! And we are off – the hosts have introduced our line up for tonight before crossing over to the A-Dal jury.
1) LivingRoom – Kirakat élet
LivingRoom brought an easy going song to the stage for the first entry of the first heat tonight. The backdrop surprised me a little as it resembled that of the Russian one from Junior Eurovision in Tbilisi. The only thing missing was physical furniture on stage!
The jury seem to have quite a bit to say about this performance and it looks quite positive. A score of 36 is awarded.
2) Tamás Vastag – Ne hagyj reményt
Tamas performs on a very dark stage lit by only blue and green lights. He is joined on stage by what seems to be ballet dances – which adds an edge of intrigue to the performance. I get the impression he is singing his heart out to someone.
Tamas interacts well with the jury during his critique. A score of 36 is awarded too.
3) Noémo – Levegőt!
Noemo sings Levegot while dressed in a white dress, which has a sea of flowers projected on to it – think Petra Mede’s dress from the 2013 Eurovision final in Malmo five years ago. This is more of an ethnic number – something Hungary are use to sending. The back projection is of a forest, which fits into the overall vibe of the song.
Noemo seems too be putting on a rather brave face while the jury make their comments. A score of 39 points is awarded – therefore I really can’t read Hungarians that well!
4) Leander Kills – Nem szól harang
From quite a gentle start to this – Leander Kills has brought out some Heavy Metal. It seems quite an angry performance with plenty of shouting and flashing lights. It has won over the crowd, but it’s not my cup of tea for sure.
The jury love it. A score off 44 points is awarded.
5) Zsolt Süle – Zöld a május
Zsolt has brought back the easy listening genre style back to this heat, just like we kicked off with LivingRoom. Zsolt is joined on stage by a five piece band which adds a nice twist to the performance.
The jury seem to love Zsolt too – with another 44 points awarded.
6) Gabi Knoll – Nobody to die for
Gabi is stood on a raised video wall/cube platform. The staging and lightening is very similar to that of Tamas’. Gabs comes down from the platform and plays, what looks like a traditional Hungarian instrument. Gradually, Gabs removes her black raincoat to reveal a gold top and black hot pants.
Gabs seems to react well to the comments given by the jury. A score of 40 points is awarded.
7) Fourtissimo feat. Markanera – Kisnyuszi a kalapban
Electro swing is next up with a fantastic swinging twenties sound. While I should be proud of our UK acts, this is knocking the socks off Electro Velvet from 2015. It is fun and lively – the first time tonight a song has suggested to me to get up and dance. The back projection even has a modern twenties vibe about it too.
The electro genre didn’t sit well with the jury asa score of 33 points is awarded.
8) Ceasefire X – Satellites
Satellites doesn’t really get going and has a bit of a slow tempo in my opnion. The back projection is fully of light beams and cosmic designs – to give the impression of satellites in the sky. Really a bit of a damp squid.
I got the impression that the jury wasn’t entirely happy, however 41 points are still awarded.
9) Viktor Király – Budapest girl
Viktor is singing about a true love – it’s so obvious! Budapest Girl is a beautiful song and the tune runs along rather nicely. Viktor reminds me of Danny Zuko out of Grease and a rendition of Summer Nights – although he isn’t duetting with his summer love here! The crowd are loving this before it has even finished.
A score is awarded of 43 points – another entry impressed by the jury.
10) Patikadomb – Jó szelet!
Another fun loving entry rounds off tonight’s heat. Full of neon imagery and lights, Patikadomb has certainly brought the party to town. This one has grabbed the audiences attention too.
The jury give the impression of been unsure and slightly critical. A score off 33 points is awarded and reflects the jury critiques.
My personal favourites are song’s 7, 9 and 10 tonight – but do I have the same taste as the Hungarian voters?
Leander Kills, Zsolt Sule, Gabi Knoll, Ceasefire X and Viktor Kiraly are already qualified for the semi finals after finishing in the Top 5 jury votes. Voting is open for the other five artists to take the final place.
Voting has now closed and Tamas Vastag takes that final place!
I hope you enjoyed tonight’s coverage of A-Dal. It’s so nice to be back Live Blogging for you during National Final season. Please feel free to comment below or in our social network feeds on your opinion of tonight’s results!
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Eurovision Ireland
Video Source: YouTube/A-Dal