The Eurovision season is well and truly kicking off now. This Wednesday, we will find out who will take part in Hungary’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest, A Dal 2018. Thirty acts will be revealed in a special press conference.
350 A Dal submissions
The amount of submissions is slightly down on last year. In 2017, 370 entries were sent in to represent Hungary. This year, about 350 entries have been received by MTVA. Still a very decent number which shows that Eurovision, or perhaps A Dal, is very much alive in the central European nation.
A Dal usually attracts some big names in the Hungarian music scene. Rumours fly around in the weeks leading up to the announcement, but this year, it’s rather quiet. That obviously makes Wednesday’s announcement a very interesting one to follow. Perhaps even more so as MTVA gave us preview clips of the thirty entrants last year as well.
A Dal: Successful since the start
Ever since introducing the A Dal format, Hungary have qualified for the final. After years of taking part and withdrawing, MTVA made a comeback in 2011 with Kati Wolf after picking her internally. Her final qualification made MTVA decide to keep taking part.
For 2012, MTVA came up with A Dal. Compact Disco were the first ever winners. And as we said before, every A Dal winner has qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. There have been two particular highlights in A Dal history. 2014 winner András Kállay-Saunders and his Running scored Hungary’s second best result ever after finishing fifth in Copenhagen. This year, in Kyiv, Hungary achieved its third best result ever after Joci Pápai’s Origo was a clear televoting favourite and finished in eighth place.
A Dal 2018
Thirty acts will take part in A Dal 2018. They are split into three heats. From each heat, six acts will qualify for the semifinals. Five of those are jury picks, the final one is a televoting wildcard. In the semifinal, MTVA will use the same principle. Three acts will qualify on jury merit and in addition, the final one will be chosen by televoters.
Eight acts will then take part in the final. The top four by jury will go on to take part in an all televoting superfinal, which will determine the winner of A Dal 2018.
Who would you like to see taking part in A Dal 2018? Who could bring Hungary their first ever victory in the Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know below or on social media such as Facebook!