The Hungarian broadcaster, MTVA has announced the semi-final allocation of A Dal 2019, determining in which semi final round will each of the 18 acts compete.

Following the three A Dal 2019  qualifying rounds , a total of 18 acts continue in the Hungarian national selection. The remaining acts will be competing in two semi-finals featuring nine artists each. The first semi-final will be held on February 9, while the second semi-final is set to take place on February 16. MTVA has announced the split of the eighteen artists. The semi final split of the 18 competing acts has as following:

First semi final contestants are:

  • Acoustic Planet – Nyári zápor
  • Bence Vavra – Szótlanság
  • Deniz – Ide várnak vissza
  • Konyha – Százszor visszajátszott
  • Petruska – Help Me Out Of Here
  • The Middletonz – Roses
  • The Sign – Ő
  • USNK – Posztolj
  • yesyes – Incomplete

The 2nd semi final contestants are:

  • Bogi Nagy – Holnap
  • Fatal Error – Kulcs
  • Gergő Oláh – Hozzád bújnék
  • Gergő Szekér – Madár, repülj!
  • Joci Pápai – Az én apám
  • Mocsok 1 kölykök – Egyszer
  • Nomad – A remény hídjai
  • Ruby Harlem – Forró
  • Timi Antal feat. Gergő Demko – Kedves világ!

Hosts of the A Dal show this year is Freddie, who represented Hungary in Eurovision 2016 with his entry pioneer (19th place)  alongside with Bogi Dallos, who participated in A Dal from 2013-2015. On the other hand the jury  consists of  the 4 following members: Miklós Both, Misi Mező, Lilla Vincze, Feró Nagy.

Two extra prizes are also being handed out in this year’s edition of A Dal. Awards will be presented for the song with the best lyrics and the participant to be the best new discovery through the A Dal show.

The Eurovision Story So Far

The Hungarians made an attempt to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993. They participated in the special prelimary semi-final in Ljubiana with Andrea Szulak‘s Arva reggel. The country failed to win one of the three spots that led to Millstreet in Ireland.

In 1994 the country finally debuted in the contest with Friderika Bayer and her song Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet achieving a 4th place in Dublin, which is the Hungary’s best placing up to date. In 1999 the country withdrew from the contest and came back after a six years break, in 2005. In its 16 participations has achieved 6 top 10 placings, specifically:  4th in 1994, 5th in 2014, 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2007 and 10th in 2013.

In 2018 the winners of its traditional national selection A Dal, Rock band AWS represented the country in  Lisbon with their entry Viszlat Nyar. The band achieved a 21st placing in the Grand Final.

Source: MTVA