A Dal 2019: Four acts through to the final

András Kállay-Saunders represented Hungary in 2014, and he might be yet another act in comeback this year. Tonight, he continued to the Hungarian final followed by three other acts. 

After three preliminary heats, Hungary had reach the semi-final phase of their A Dal 2019 national selection. 18 acts made it, and tonight, nine of them competed in the first of two semi-finals.

Four acts qualified for the final which will be held on the 23rd of February. The band The Middletonz included 2014 Eurovision representative András Kállay-Saunders. He finished 5th in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song Running.

Tonight’s acts

  • Acoustic PlanetNyári Zápor (Qualified)
  • Bence VavraSzótlanság (Qualified)
  • DENIZIde Várnak Vissza
  • PetruskaHelp Me Out Of Here (Qualified)
  • KonyhaSzázszor Visszajátszott
  • The MiddletonzRoses (Qualified)
  • The SignŐ
  • yesyesIncomplete
  • USNKPosztolj

Next Saturday, second semi-final will feature another 9 acts. One of these are Joci Pápai who represented the country just two years ago. He came 8th with Origo.

Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest

In 1994, Friderika Bayer was the first to take the Eurovision stage representing Hungary. She finished in a great 4th place with 122 points. That is today still the best result the country has achieved. They have five times in finished in top 10, and since the introduction of televised semi-finals, Hungary only failed to reach the final twice.

Coincidently, the two who didn’t reach the final came two years in a row, in 2008 and 2009.

Over the years, it has been quite mixed what Hungary has sent to the contest. They have chosen almost everything from ballads to heavy rock songs, some in English and others in their native Hungarian. Last year, it was rock band AWS who won their national A Dal final and went to Eurovision with the song Viszlát Nyár. In the video below, enjoy their performance from last year’s Eurovision In Concert:

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