It’s time to bring Hungary one step closer to their 2019 Eurovision hopeful! Following a series of 3 hear rounds, where a total of 18 acts were successful, the first semi-final of A Dal 2019 is all set to air tonight!
The 18 qualified acts were allocated by half into the two semi-final shows. Therefore, we are going to witness 9 battling acts on stage tonight! As it has been the case since the event’s beginning, Freddie (Hungary 2016) and Bogi Dallos will serve as the show’s presenters.
4 out of the 9 acts will advance to the Grand Final, which is set to take place on 23 February. The first three of them will be determined through a combination of jury and public vote (SMS, online voting, mobile app), while the fourth will emerge from the show’s second round, where only the public will influence the outcome.
Tonight’s contestants are (in alphabetical order):
- Acoustic Planet – Nyári zápor
- DENIZ – Ide várnak vissza
- Konyha – Százszor visszajátszott
- Petruska – Help me out of here
- The Middletonz – Roses
- The Sign – Ő
- USNK – Posztolj
- Vavra Bence – Szótlanság
- yesyes – Incomplete
How to watch
A Dal 2019 first semi-final is going to start airing tonight at 19:30 CET and may be watched through:
- Duna World
A Dal 2019 calendar
Heat 1: 19 January Heat 2: 26 January Heat 3: 2 February
- Semi-final 1: 9 February
- Semi-final 2: 16 February
- Grand Final: 23 February
Hungary at Eurovision
Hungary first entered the Eurovision house in 1994 and made an impressive debut with a remarkable 4th place, which is still their best result to date. The country has participated 16 times in total and has seen only two semi-final eliminations, since the system’s introduction in 2004.
Since 2011, Hungary has been qualifying to the Grand Final every year, and has ended up in the Top 10 twice (2014, 2017). At Lisbon’s Eurovision Song Contest, the country of central Europe was represented by the metal band AWS, with the Hungarian-lyric song Viszlát nyár (Summer, Gone). The band progressed to the final, where they came 21st, with a total of 93 points.
Hungary is set to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 14 May.