This Eurovision season is really getting started now. Today the Local Media Services and Support Trust Fund (MTVA), the Hungarian broadcaster, announced all the acts and the songs, who take part in A Dal 2018 and are in the race to represent Hungary in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon! Some returning artists and many new faces are in the competition for next year.
A Dal 2018 – The acts
- #yeahla feat.Viki Eszes – “Egy szó, mint száz”
- Andy Roll – “Turn The Lights On”
- AWS – “Viszlát nyár”
- Ceasefire X – “Satellites”
- Cintia Horváth – “Journey”
- Fourtissimo – “Kisnyuszi a kalapban”
- Gabi Knoll – “Nobody to die for”
- Gábor Heincz ”BIGA” – “Good vibez”
- Gergely Dánielfy – “Azt mondtad”
- Ham ko Ham – “Bármerre jársz”
- Leander Kills – “Nem szól harang”
- Living Room – “Kirakat élet”
- Maszkura és a Tücsökraj – “Nagybetus szavak”
- Maya ‘n’ Peti – “Nekem te”
Nemzenekar – “Waiting”(withdrew) — Viki Singh – “Butterfly House”
- Nene zenekar – “Mese a királyról”
- Nikoletta Szoke, Attila Kökény, Róbert Szakcsi Lakatos – “Életre kel”
- Noémo – “Levegot”
- Nova Prospect – “Vigyázó”
- Peet Project – “Runaround”
- Odett Polgár – “Aranyhal”
- Reni Tolvai – “Everest”
- Roland Gulyás – “Hypnotized”
- SativuS – “Lusta lány”
- Tamás Horváth – “Meggyfa”
- Tamás Vastag – “Ne hagyj reményt”
The Matter – “Broken Palms”(withdrew) — Patikadomb – “Jó szelet!”
- Viktor Király – “Budapest Girl”
- Yesyes – “I let you run away”
- Zsolt Süle – “Zöld a május”
For now a short version of the entries is available here.
Viktor Király is returning in 2018 with his song “Budapest Girl”! He made his debut in A Dal 2012. Viktor performed “Untried” together with his twin brother Benjamin and their sister Linda and finished in fourth place overall. He made the superfinal with “Running out of Time”, when he entered A Dal in 2014.
In 2015 Viktor returned to the country of his birth, the USA. He competed in The Voice and was coached by Gwen Stefani. He made it to the live shows, before he got eliminated. Viktor was an interval performer in A Dal 2016 and was part of the Hungarian jury for Eurovision 2017.
Another returning artist for A Dal 2018 is the band Leander Kills. Last year they made it to the grand final. They will be joined by the Peet Project, who only made it to the semi-finals.
Reni Tolvai is also back in the competition. She made her debut in 2016 and made it to the semi-finals. She won the fifth season of Megaztár!
After Nemzenekar’s withdrawal in December, it was announced that Viki Singh would replace the band. She participated in A Dal 2016 and 2017. In 2016, as in 2018, she joined the competition after the withdrawal (disqualification in 2016) of another contestant.
A Dal 2018 – the selection process
There are three heats. Ten acts will compete in each heat. Five of them will advance to the semi-finals. A sixth act will be decided by the public vote and will also qualify for the semi-finals.
Two semi-finals with each having nine acts will take place afterwards. Three will go on to the grand final with a fourth being selected by the TV viewers.
In the final, the eight acts will be reduced by the jury to four. The winner of the final four will be decided by 100% televoting.
- Heats: 20 January 2018, 27 January 2018, 3 February 2018
- Semi-finals: 10 February 2018, 17 February 2018
- Final: 24 February 2018
A Dal 2018 Awards
This year marks the seventh edition of A Dal. There won’t be just one winner in the end. Additional to the winner, there will be an award for “A Dal 2018 Best Lyrics”, “A Dal 2018 Discoveries” and next year there will be an Acoustic Song Competition. More information to the awards and the acoustic competition will follow at a later date.
Who are you most excited to see in A Dal 2018? Who do you want for Hungary in 2018? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @ESCXTRA.
In 2017, Hungary was represented by Joci Pápai and his song Origo. He finished in eights place in the final.
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