[UPD] I am not a nationalist even if I decided to sing in Hungarian, says ByeAlex

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ByeAlex, the Hungarian representative at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö has released both two parts of a  video interview on youtube.

The videos were put together by his record label, CLS Music, and shows ByeAlex talking about his fans, his daily life, and his journey to the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking of his celebrity status in Hungary, he says, We don’t drive Porsches, we don’t have outstanding achievements, we aren’t better than others, so I want to distance myself from this world I don’t like.

During the first six-minute video, ByeAlex acknowledges his talent at writing to a certain level, but insists that this talent does not set him apart. Indeed, ByeAlex says he is a man like many others who enjoys the gym, dinner with friends and unwinding after a day’s work with a book or a piece of classical music.

He does not, however, see himself as a natural contender at the Eurovision Song Contest. Televised shows are not my world, he says. I don’t feel like introducing myself there at all. His decision to enter A Dal, the Hungarian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest, was influenced for the most part by his management team. I agreed (to appear in A Dal) with some hesitation, he explains. My manager said the song is good so let’s show it, what can you lose? Those who like it will listen to it and get to know you better as a composer. Those who don’t will pass on. And so now here I am.

The video was put out by ByeAlex’s record label, CLS Music. The label has some experience with Hungarian Eurovision entrants as they also represent Magda Rúzsa, who represented the country in 2007 with the song Unsubstantial blues and finished in ninth position, as well as Compact Disco, whose song Sound of our hearts finished in twenty-fourth position in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest last year.

ByeAlex’s first single Csókolom reached the top ten of the official Hungarian charts when it was released last year. He has since released four singles and has collaborated with Hungarian dubstep artist, John the Valiant.

His song, Kedvesem, has reached the top spot in the official Hungarian charts and will be performed in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö this coming 16 May.

You can watch the first part of his video interview here –

In the second part of the interview Alex says amongst other things:

Eurovision is not a singing contest, but a song contest. There were many better singers in our national final, but a good song can be worth much more. 

Also, talking about the language choice he says: I am not a nationalist idiot, just because I am singing in Hungarian, it is just that I decided to do so.

Watch the rest of the interview below:


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