Watch now: A Dal goes on with second semi-final in Hungary

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Hungary is slowly approaching the Grand Final of their annual selection show A Dal. Tonight’s semi-final will be bringing the second and last set of semi-finalists on stage, all claiming a spot at the Grand Final and, of course, all chasing the Eurovision dream.

As with the first semi-final evening, another set of 9 acts will be battling tonight, but only 4 of them will join the already qualified ones. These 9 acts emerged after their successful participation at the show’s 3 preliminary 3 rounds.

As it has been the case since January, Freddie (Hungary 2016) and Bogi Dallos will host Hungary’s national selection show.

Tonight’s 9 contenders are:

  • Timi Antal feat. Gergő DemkoKedves Világ!  
  • Fatal ErrorKulcs
  • Mocsok 1 KölykökEgyszer 
  • NomadA remény hídjai
  • Gergő OláhHozzád bújnék
  • Joci PápaiAz én apám
  • Bogi NagyHolnap
  • Ruby HarlemForró
  • Gergő SzekérMadár, repülj!

Among tonight’s contestants, we can meet the 2017 Hungarian A Dal winner and Eurovision hopeful, Joci Pápai.

As said before, only 4 acts will be given the green light to the final. The first three of them will be determined by a combination of jury and public vote (SMS, online voting, mobile app). The public’s verdict will be counting as much as the vote of each member of the jury separately. The fourth lucky qualifier will emerge from the show’s second round, where only the audience will influence the outcome.

How to watch

A Dal 2019 second semi-final is going to start airing tonight at 19:30 CET and may be watched through:

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 experienced 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.