Eurovision 2018

#HUNGARY: A-Dal Heat Three LIVE BLOG – #JoinUs from 20:30 CET

A-Dal 2015

Hungary is back with A-Dal for another week. Join me Richard, as we discover who’ll progress from Heat Three. 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.

Refresh from 20:30CET

And we are LIVE with some dancers to open the show! The presenters take to the stage. They speak to the jury before revealing tonight’s line up.

1 Nova Prospect – Vigyázó

The back projection features a lot of brightly coloured treble clefs – the brightness stops there. The performance of Vigyazo seems to be dark and the hard metal/rock genre isn’t inspiring me for this first entry. The crowd on the other hand are going crazy.

The combined public and jury score is 37 points.

2 Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh – Journey (Break your chains)

This is one powerful multi-genre song we have here. Easy listening meets Jazz meets Sunday morning. This is the sort of sound I’ve grown use to from A-Dal over the last couple of weeks and can see a song of these genres could make it to Lisbon. This song would work well internationally too, as it has been performed in English from the start.

The combined public and jury score is 37 points.

3 Maszkura és a tücsökraj – Nagybetűs szavak

While I don’t understand Hungarian, I can already understand this performance has character and storytelling. To be honest, this may be the first that has achieved this for me in A-Dal this year. This has actually done enough to make me vote (if I could), even though I don’t understand this fantastic number.

The combined public and jury score is 38 points.

4 Roland Gulyás – Hypnotized

Oh, we have a foot tapping Country and Western number. At points, especially the chorus, the lyrics are quite repetitive. The back projection is black along with dark blues. The lighting uses the same blues with a splash of green. This is an instant grabber and would do well with Hungary’s European neighbours.

The combined public and jury score is 35 points.

5 Reni Tolvai – Crack my code

We have some lovely neon green armography behind Reni to begin with, before the dancers move either side. The song has quite a nice flow to it, that is with the removal of the rap segments happened! Let’s remember rap doesn’t sit well at the Eurovision Song Contest – with maybe the exception of Romania 2017.

The combined public and jury score is 37 points.

6 Ham ko Ham – Bármerre jársz

We have another entry with character and storytelling. It however does have a greek feel all over it – I thought I was watching a Hungarian show? The audience are loving this with the clapping along throughout most of the show. I could listen to this multiple times compared to others from tonight.

The combined public and jury score is 38 points.

7 #yeahla feat. Viki Eszes – 1 szó mint 100

Oh, this has an East Asian slight sound to the performance – as if we were in Thailand or some of the neighbouring nations. The back projection oozes yellows and greens. For me (& its my opinion), I would say this performance doesn’t necessarily go far and at times, I hate to say sounds out of tune.

The combined public and jury score is 35 points.

8 Andy Roll – Turn the lights on

A veteran of the music scene has taken to the stage and he doesn’t sound in tune much. Andy’s performance seems to be stuck back in a late 1970’s/early 1980’s disco. This really wants to make me scream help. Forget turn the lights on, rather turn them off. Why do the crowd like this?

The combined public and jury score is 33 points.

9 Tamás Horváth – Meggyfa

I think we’ve found our unique sounding entry for the year from Hungary. While very cultural, there is a nice beat that you could clap along too or tap your feet. The backing dancers even come across quite culturally artistic. While last year’s Hungarian entry was culturally ethnic, which put some off, this would;d work well as culturally artistic.

The combined public and jury score is 42 points.

10 Nikoletta Szőke, Attila Kökény & Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – Életre kel

Dinner jackets and a piano – this is a claasy number to round off the entrants in the final Heat tonight. Eletre kel transports me back to the classic Eurovision’s from the 1990’s, just before the national language rule was taken away – in fact this would’ve been classed as a potential winner in that era. How will it fare tonight though?

The combined public and jury score is 44 points.

My personal favourites are song’s 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10 tonight – but do I have the same taste as the Hungarian voters?

Nikoletta Szőke, Attila Kökény & Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos, Tamás Horváth, Ham ko Ham, Maszkura és a tücsökraj and Cintia Horváth & Tomi Balogh 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 Roland Gulyás takes that final place! For the first time, I’ve picked all six finalists!

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s coverage of A-Dal. 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

Categories: Eurovision 2018, Hungary

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