Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Hungary
National selection
Selection process A Dal 2017
Selection date(s) Heats:
14 January 2017
28 January 2017
4 February 2017
Semi-finals:
10 February 2017
11 February 2017
Final:
18 February 2017
Selected entrant Joci Pápai
Selected song « Origo« 
Selected songwriter(s) József Pápai
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Hungary will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The local Media Services and Support Trust Fund (MTVA) and the Hungarian broadcaster Duna Media Service Provider will organise the national final A Dal 2017 in order to select the Hungarian entry for the 2017 contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Hungary had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 1994.[1] Hungary’s best placing in the contest was fourth, which they achieved with their début entry in 1994 with the song « Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? » performed by Friderika Bayer. Hungary had attempted participate in the contest in 1993, however, their entry was eliminated in the preselection show Kvalifikacija za Millstreet. Hungary withdrew from the contest for six years between 1999 and 2004 and also missed the 2006 and 2010 contests. In 2014, Hungary achieved their second best result in the contest since their début, placing fifth with the song « Running » performed by András Kállay-Saunders. In 2016, Hungary placed 19th in the Eurovision final with the song « Pioneer » performed by Freddie.

The Hungarian national broadcaster, Media Services and Support Trust Fund (MTVA), broadcasts the event within Hungary and organises the selection process for the nation’s entry. MTVA confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 7 May 2016.[2] Since 2012, MTVA has organised A Dal, a national selection show which has managed to, thus far, produce entries that have qualified the nation to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest each year and has resulted in two top 10 placings in 2013 and 2014. The Hungarian broadcaster continued selecting their entry through this process for 2017 with details regarding the organization of the A Dal 2017 national final being released along with their participation confirmation.[2]

Before Eurovision

A Dal 2017

A Dal 2017 will be the sixth edition of the Hungarian national selection A Dal, which will select Hungary’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The competition will consist of 30 entries competing in three heats, two semi-finals, and a final.[3] The hosts are Levente Harsányi, Krisztina Rátonyi, and Csilla Tatár.

Format

Judges

Competing entries

On 11 October 2016, MTVA opened the submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries up until 20 November 2016.[4] Two new rules for aspiring participants were created; all artists must belong to a record label or have a contract with a professional music manager, while also performers must have released an album previously or have performed their music on Hungarian television or radio.[4] In January 2017, it was announced that Jetlag and the song « Keresem a bajt » would be replaced by Chase and the song « Dust In the Wind ».[5] Later, it was announced that Szabyest was disqualified due to his song being available to the public before 1 September 2016, which is against Eurovision rules. He was replaced by Rocktenors and their song « Ősz ».[6]

  The winner of A Dal 2017
  Disqualified song
  Replaced song
Artist Song (English translation) Composer(s)
Ádám Szabó « Together » Dániel Somogyvári, Ádám Szabó (m) / Kata Kozma (l)
Andi Tóth « I’ve Got a Fire » Johnny K. Palmer, Dániel Somogyvári (m) / Johnny K. Palmer (l)
AnnaElza feat. Júli Kása « Jártam » (I went) Anna Elza Garay (m&l)
Benjámin Pál « Father’s Eyes » Zoltán G. Tóth (m) / Péter Halász (l)
Benji « Karcok » (Scratches) Zsolt Szepesi, Le Quang Huy, Gyárfás Máté (m) / Gábor Budai, Gyárfás Máté (l)
Calidora « Glory » Dóra Oberritter, Zsolt Szepesi (m) / Dóra Oberritter, Attila Baross (l)
Chase « Dust In the Wind » Johnny K. Palmer, Dániel Somogyvári (m) / Johnny K. Palmer, Dávid Henderson (l)
Dávid Henderson « White Shadows » Dávid Henderson, Dávid Tóth, Péter Ferencz Peet (m) / Dávid Henderson (l)
Enikő Muri « Jericho » Sebastian Arman, Joachim Persson (m&l)
Gigi Radics « See It Through » Georgina Radics, Tamás Radics (m) / Zoltán Riba, Johnny K. Palmer (l)
Gina Kanizsa « Fall Like Rain » Petra Várallyay (m) / Petra Várallyay, Katus Várallyay (l)
Jetlag « Keresem a bajt » (I ask for trouble) Molnár Tamás (m&l)
Joci Pápai « Origo » (Origin) József Pápai (m&l)
Kállay Saunders Band « 17 » András Kállay, Zsolt Szepesi, Ádám Tóth (m) / András Kállay (l)
Kata Csondor « Create » Kata Csondor, Roland Balogh (m) / Péter Mihola (l)
KYRA Fedor « Got to Be a Day » Kyra Fedor, Csaba Nemes (m) / Balázs Janky (l)
Leander Kills « Élet » (Life) Leander Köteles (m&l)
Mrs. Columbo « Frozen King » Dorina Galambos, Dániel Somogyvári, Katalin Héjja (m) / Dorina Galambos (l)
Orsi Sapszon « Hunyd le szemed » (Close your eyes) Bálint Sapszon (m) / Dóra Csenki, Orsi Sapszon (l)
Peet Project « Kill Your Monster » Péter Ferencz, Olivér Magán (m) / Dávid Henderson (l)
Peter Kovary & The Royal Rebels « It’s a Riot » Péter Zsolt Kővári (m&l)
Rocktenors « Ősz » (Autumn) Márió Mező, Márk Táborosi (m) / Zoltán Mező (l)
Roma Soul « Nyitva a ház » (The house is open) István Farkas (m) / Tamás Pajor (l)
Soulwave « Kalandor » (Adventurer) Máté Fodor, Ádám Huszár, Gábor Góczán, Ferenc Szabó (m) / Máté Fodor (l)
Spoon 21 « Deák »1 Péter Földesi, Márton Grósz, Miklós Adrián Nagy, Kristóf Teremy (m&l)
Szabyest « Szerelem kell » (Love must) Szabolcs Achilles Szabó (m&l)
The Couple « Vége van » (It’s over) Gábor Berkó (m&l)
The Wings « Mint a hurrikán! » (Like a hurricane!) Balázs Szobolits (m&l)
Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi « Hosszú idők » (Long times) Gabriella Tóth, Tibor Molnár, Begi Lotfi, Dávid Nagy (m) / Tibor Molnár (l)
Viki Singh « Rain » Szabolcs Harmath (m) / Angelika Iványi (l)
Zävodi + Olivér Berkes « #háttérzaj » (#background) Marcel Závodi (m) / Gábor Závodi (l)
Zoltán Mujahid « On My Own » Zoltán Mujahid (m) / Johnny K. Palmer (l)
1.^ « Deák » is a Hungarian surname and in the song refers to Deák Ferenc tér, a major intersection in Budapest, which was named after Ferenc Deák.

Shows

Heat 1

The first heat took place on 14 January 2017 where ten entries competed. Six entries qualified to the semi-finals after two rounds of voting. The five qualifiers were « Élet » performed by Leander Kills, « Rain » performed by Viki Singh, « Deák » performed by Spoon 21, « White Shadows » performed by Dávid Henderson, and « Nyitva a ház » performed by Roma Soul. In the second round of voting, the remaining five entries that were not in the initial top five faced a public vote in order to determine one additional qualifier. « Karcok » performed by Benji was the final qualifier. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Margaret Island performed as the interval act for the show.

  First round qualifiers: jury and public voting   Second round qualifier: public voting

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Viewers Total Result
1 Dávid Henderson « White Shadows » 9 8 8 7 5 37 Advanced
2 Leander Kills « Élet » 9 8 8 9 6 40 Advanced
3 Calidora « Glory » 7 7 5 6 5 30 Eliminated
4 The Wings « Mint a hurrikán » 7 7 7 6 5 32 Eliminated
5 Viki Singh « Rain » 9 9 8 7 6 39 Advanced
6 Spoon 21 « Deák » 9 9 8 7 6 39 Advanced
7 Kata Csondor « Create » 6 7 6 7 6 32 Eliminated
8 Benji « Karcok » 6 8 9 7 6 36 Advanced
9 Rocktenors « Ősz » 7 7 7 6 6 33 Eliminated
10 Roma Soul « Nyitva a ház » 9 8 8 9 6 40 Advanced
Heat 2

The second heat took place on 28 January 2017 where ten entries competed. Six entries qualified to the semi-finals after two rounds of voting. In the first round of voting, five qualifiers were determined by the combination of scores from each judge and an aggregate score from a viewer vote based on scores submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. Originally the third heat, the former second heat was moved to 4 February and therefore this heat took its place.[7] The five qualifiers were « Kill Your Monster » performed by Peet Project, « Dust in the Wind » performed by Chase, « 17 » performed by Kállay Saunders Band, « Fall Like Rain » performed by Gina Kanizsa, and, after a tiebreaker, « Frozen King » performed by Mrs. Columbo. In the second round of voting, the remaining five entries that were not in the initial top five faced a public vote in order to determine one additional qualifier. « Together » performed by Ádám Szabó was the final qualifier. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Csaba Vastag performed a medley as the interval act for the show.

  First round qualifiers: jury and public voting   Second round qualifier: public voting

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Viewers Total Result
1 Peet Project « Kill Your Monster » 8 9 9 8 6 40 Advanced
2 Andi Tóth « I’ve Got a Fire » 7 8 7 6 6 34 Eliminated
3 AnnaElza feat. Juli Kása « Jártam » 8 7 6 8 5 34 Eliminated
4 Chase « Dust In the Wind » 9 9 8 7 6 39 Advanced
5 Mrs. Columbo « Frozen King » 8 8 8 8 6 38 Advanced
6 Kállay Saunders Band « 17 » 9 9 9 8 7 42 Advanced
7 Zoltán Mujahid « On My Own » 8 8 7 6 7 36 Eliminated
8 Peter Kovary & The Royal Rebels « It’s a Riot » 8 7 8 7 6 36 Eliminated
9 Gina Kanizsa « Fall Like Rain » 10 9 9 9 5 42 Advanced
10 Ádám Szabó « Together » 8 8 7 7 8 38 Advanced
Heat 3

The third heat took place on 4 February 2017 where ten entries competed. Six entries qualified to the semi-finals after two rounds of voting. In the first round of voting, five qualifiers were determined by the combination of scores from each judge and an aggregate score from a viewer vote based on scores submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. It was originally to take place on 21 January 2017, but a few hours before the show, it was announced that the heat would be postponed, due to the 2017 Verona bus crash, where several Hungarian students were killed. The timeslot was replaced by a vigil for the victims of the accident. The new date for the heat was announced on 24 January.[8][9] The five qualifiers were « #háttérzaj » performed by Zävodi + Olivér Berkes, « Hosszú idők » performed by Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi, « Vége van » performed by The Couple, « See It Through » performed by Gigi Radics, and « Origo » performed by Joci Pápai. In the second round of voting, the remaining five entries that were not in the initial top five faced a public vote in order to determine one additional qualifier. « Kalandor » performed by Soulwave was the final qualifier. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Irie Maffia performed as the interval act for the show.

  First round qualifiers: jury and public voting   Second round qualifier: public voting

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Viewers Total Result
1 Kyra Fedor « Got to Be a Day » 7 7 8 6 6 34 Eliminated
2 Zävodi + Olivér Berkes « #háttérzaj » 9 9 9 9 5 41 Advanced
3 Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi « Hosszú idők » 9 9 8 8 7 41 Advanced
4 Orsi Sapszon « Hunyd le szemed » 8 8 8 8 5 37 Eliminated
5 Soulwave « Kalandor » 7 8 6 6 7 34 Advanced
6 The Couple « Vége van » 8 8 8 9 5 38 Advanced
7 Enikő Muri « Jericho » 8 8 7 7 6 36 Eliminated
8 Benjámin Pál « Father’s Eyes » 8 8 8 6 7 37 Eliminated
9 Gigi Radics « See It Through » 10 9 9 8 7 43 Advanced
10 Joci Pápai « Origo » 10 9 8 8 6 41 Advanced
Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 10 February 2017 where nine entries competed. Four entries qualified to the final after two rounds of voting. In the first round of voting, three qualifiers were determined by the combination of scores from each judge and an aggregate score from a viewer vote based on scores submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. The three qualifiers were « See It Through » performed by Gigi Radics, « Origo » performed by Joci Pápai, and « Fall Like Rain » performed by Gina Kanizsa. In the second round of voting, the remaining six entries that were not in the initial top three faced a public vote in order to determine one additional qualifier. The final qualifier was « Kalandor » by Soulwave. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Szilvia Péter Szabó performed as the interval act for the show.

  First round qualifiers: jury and public voting   Second round qualifier: public voting

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Viewers Total Result
1 Soulwave « Kalandor » 8 8 7 7 7 37 Advanced
2 Viki Singh « Rain » 8 8 9 7 6 38 Eliminated
3 Chase « Dust In the Wind » 8 8 8 7 6 37 Eliminated
4 The Couple « Vége van » 8 7 7 9 5 36 Eliminated
5 Spoon 21 « Deák » 8 8 8 7 6 37 Eliminated
6 Gigi Radics « See It Through » 9 9 9 8 7 42 Advanced
7 Dávid Henderson « White Shadows » 8 7 8 8 6 37 Eliminated
8 Joci Pápai « Origo » 10 10 9 9 7 45 Advanced
9 Gina Kanizsa « Fall Like Rain » 10 10 10 10 5 45 Advanced
Semi-final 2

The second semi-final will take place on 11 February 2017 where nine entries will compete. Four entries will qualify to the final. In the first round of voting, three qualifiers were determined by the combination of scores from each judge and an aggregate score from a viewer vote based on scores submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. The three qualifiers were « Hosszú idők » performed by Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi, « #háttérzaj » performed by Zävodi + Olivér Berkes, and « Élet » performed by Leander Kills. In the second round of voting, the remaining six entries that were not in the initial top three faced a public vote in order to determine one additional qualifier. The final qualifier was « Seventeen » by Kállay Saunders Band. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, Magdi Rúzsa performed as the interval act for the show.

  First round qualifiers: jury and public voting   Second round qualifier: public voting

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Viewers Total Result
1 Ádám Szabó « Together » 8 8 7 7 7 37 Eliminated
2 Mrs. Columbo « Frozen King » 8 8 7 8 6 37 Eliminated
3 Roma Soul « Nyitva a ház » 9 8 7 8 6 38 Eliminated
4 Peet Project « Kill Your Monster » 8 9 8 7 6 38 Eliminated
5 Kállay Saunders Band « Seventeen » 9 9 9 8 7 42 Advanced
6 Zävodi + Olivér Berkes « #háttérzaj » 10 9 10 9 5 43 Advanced
7 Leander Kills « Élet » 9 10 9 9 6 43 Advanced
8 Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi « Hosszú idők » 9 10 9 9 7 44 Advanced
9 Benji « Karcok » 8 7 7 6 5 33 Eliminated
Final

The final took place on 18 February 2016 where the eight entries that qualified from the semi-finals competed. The winner of the competition was selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the jury determined the top four entries that advanced to the second round. The voting system for the four jurors was different from the method used in the heats and semi-finals. Each juror announced their scores after all songs had been performed rather than assigning scores following each performance and the jurors ranked their preferred top four entries and assigned points in the following manner: 4 (lowest), 6, 8 and 10 (highest). The four entries with the highest total scores proceeded to the second round: « See It Through » performed by Gigi Radics, « #háttérzaj » performed by Zävodi + Olivér Berkes, « Origo » performed by Joci Pápai, and « Fall Like Rain » performed by Gina Kanizsa. In the second round, « Origo » performed by Joci Pápai was selected as the winner via a public vote consisting of votes submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, guest performers included one of the judges, Caramel and A Dal 2016 winner and the 2016 Hungarian Eurovision entrant Freddie.

  Advanced to the second round   Winner

Draw Artist Song Caramel Zséda K. Frenreisz M. Both Total Result
1 Gabi Tóth & Freddie Shuman feat. Begi Lotfi « Hosszú idők » 4 4 0 4 12
2 Soulwave « Kalandor » 0 0 0 0 0
3 Gigi Radics « See It Through » 6 8 0 0 14
4 Kállay Saunders Band « Seventeen » 0 0 0 0 0
5 Leander Kills « Élet » 0 0 8 0 8
6 Zävodi + Olivér Berkes « #háttérzaj » 8 6 10 6 30
7 Joci Pápai « Origo » 10 10 6 8 34 1
8 Gina Kanizsa « Fall Like Rain » 0 0 4 10 14

At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will take place at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May and the final on 13 May 2017.[10] According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

References

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  5. ^ Davies, Megan (2 January 2017). « Hungary: Jetlag are replaced with Chase ». eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. 
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  10. ^ Jordan, Paul (9 September 2016). « Kyiv to host Eurovision 2017! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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