A Dal 2017
Tonight, February 18th, sees Hungary choose their entry for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. A Dal has become one of the more established and accomplished National Finals during the Eurovision season, even if the entries themselves are not always of a high standard. Hungary must be commended for that and it will ultimately be a successful platform, I do believe Hungary is a Eurovision country on the verge of their first win.
With that in mind, will any of this years A Dal finalist be that elusive Hungarian Eurovision Winner? Let’s find out.
Radics Gina- “See It Through”
She has a great voice, especially live and this song helps to show off that voice to its full potential. This is a big power ballad in the style of Whitney, that is infused with more modern beats and sounds. This is one of those songs that would really benefit from an orchestra, as there is not a lot of dynamism in the song to make it more instant in its appeal. It is a fantastic song, and if it was sent to Eurovision it would be a credible entry, but I can’t see it winning, as I know there is one big favourite.
My score: 6.5/10
Papai Joci- “Origo”
What starts off with what can only be described as chanting, Papai Joci reels us in. Then his voice is great and his styling and staging is very tasteful, with some traditional dancing thrown in for good measure. Then it starts to lose its cohesiveness with a rap break, but it is not as harsh against the traditional music as Bosnia & Herzegovina illustrated last year. I don’t think this will win, but I would download this.
My score: 6/10
Gina Kanizsa- “Fall Like Rain”
This has a very subtle musical theatre feel to it, Gina can certainly sing and the song has an interesting build which keeps you interested. Yet with the first three songs I have just listened to, this is my least favourite of them. It is a gentle song, but nothing memorable, and the woman dancing behind Gina, waving two bits of tin-foil is just very distracting. Not a bad song, but to gentle to make an impact.
My score: 4/10
Soul Wave- “kalandor”
I think they are trying to achieve that country-ethnic sound somewhat reminiscent of Mumford & Sons or Of Mice and Men. Yet it just falls flat, they have great voices, the lead singer is cute and charismatic, but the song doesn’t really go anywhere structurally and ultimately, I am left wanting more.
My score: 4.5/10
Gabi Toth- “Hosszu Idok”
Very ethnic, Gabi has an interesting voice, I can’t tell if I like it or not, or if she is nervous and her voice is shaking. The song has a lot of ethnic elements and plays on that, there is obvious references to Jamala last year with the staging and the experimental sound, yet this is not as instant. She does have a KEY CHANGE, but that is after she has vocally assaulted us, with 10 seconds of shouting down the camera. Not my winner, but I do know this is a fan favourite, and countries do get influences of the winner from the last years Eurovision (in some way), so this could be our winner in Hungary.
My score: 4.5/10
Leander Kills- “Elet”
O.K. so it’s quite a change in pace from what has been on offer so far. It is a rock song, starts off as a gentle ballad, before the lead singer really opens it up vocally on the chorus. It is a bit 80’s rock, and yes dated! In this final though, it does stand out, and for that matter I am guessing that is a positive attribute. Will it win? Who knows? But I think this would not be well received in Kyiv.
My score: 5.5/10
Zavodi & Oliver Berkes- “#hatterzaj”
Now for something a bit more experimental, and Hungary is not averse to switching things up (Bye Alex, 2013). This is quite a unique jazz number with elements of electronica. Zavodi has a great voice, quite raspy in parts which personally I love, except his higher register is not strong and that shows. They have brought Austria 2015’s piano on stage for effect. This is too original to tell how it will do, but I do enjoy the song.
My score: 5.75/10
Kallay Saunders Band- “17”
Quite a regular in A Dal these days, Andras Kallay Saunders is back with his band for another shot at Eurovision. This song is the most contemporary song on offer in this selection with influences of Beiber and The Chainsmokers in a pop-rock song. The lyrics are a bit suspect talking about Billie Jean and fake I.D’s. This would be my winner in Hungary, but can anything beat fan favourite Gabi Toth? Time will tell.
My score: 7/10
Hungary have a variety of songs in this year’s contest, but while there are some decent entries, none of these songs scream WINNER to me. Below are my top three, but it is an uninspiring bunch of songs. Hungary will get there one day, but it won’t be this year!
My top 3:
1. Kallay-Saunders Band- “17”
2. Radics Gigi- “See It Through”
3. Papai Joci- “Origo”
Who is your favourite? Let us know below. Enjoy the show.