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Hungary: Details for A Dal 2018 revealed

The traditional "A Dal" returns in Hungary next year, with six live shows from January to February 2018. The winner will represent Hungary at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon

Since 2012 Hungary has chosen its Eurovision entry via the contest "A Dal". It has become one of the most popular national selections for Eurovision Song Contest, and today the Hungarian public broadcaster MTVA has revealed some of the details for A Dal 2018.

A Dal will have the same format as in previous years, with six shows: Three heats, two semi-finals and one final. All the six shows will be broadcast live. The qualifiers in the shows will be chosen by a combination of televoting and jury.

Rules for participating in A Dal 2018 can be found on A Dal website. The submission period closes on 15 November 2017.

A Dal 2018

This year's A Dal will consist of six shows: Three heats, two semi-finals and one final. In each of the heats there are 10 entries, top-six qualifies to one of the two semi-finals. 

  • Heat 1: 20 January 2018 (10 entries  6 qualifiers to semi-finals)
  • Heat 2: 27 January 2018 (10 entries  6 qualifiers to semi-finals)
  • Heat 3: 3 February 2018 (10 entries  6 qualifiers to semi-finals)
  • Semi-final 1: 10 February 2018 (9 semi-finalists  4 qualifiers to final) 
  • Semi-final 2: 17 February 2018 (9 semi-finalists  4 qualifiers to final)
  • Final: 24 February 2018 (8 finalists  4 super-finalists  1 winner)

Voting

In every live show there will be a four-member jury that will rate each song, combined with public voting (SMS, App, Online). 

  • Every show will have two rounds of voting:
    • First round: 50/50 combination of jury/public voting (except in the final)
    • Second round: 100% Public voting
  • Heats
    • First round: 5 semi-finalists are determined by combination score from a jury and public voting (SMS, App, Online)
    • Second round: The public can vote (SMS, App, Online) on the remaining five entries that were not among the qualifiers, to find the sixth semi-finalist
  • Semi-finals
    • First round: 3 finalists are determined by combination score from a jury and public voting (SMS, App, Online)
    • Second round: The public can vote (SMS, App, Online) on the remaining six entries that were not among the qualifiers, to find the fourth finalist
  • Final
    • First round (jury): The four jurors each give 4, 6, 8 and 10 points to their top-4 entries. The 4 entries with most scores from the jury proceeded to the second round (super-final)
    • Second round (public vote): The public selects (SMS, App, Online) the winner among the 4 super-finalists

Hungary in Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary 2017: Joci Pápai - "Origo"

Hungary has participated in Eurovision Song Contest 15 times since its debut in 1994. The Best result was in the debuting year 1994 where the song "Kinek Mondjam El Vétkeimet" finished 4th. 

Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004 Hungary has qualified for the Grand Final 9 out of 11 times - The last 7 years Hungary did qualify for the Grand Final. Their worst result was in 2008 where Hungary went last in Semi-final 2




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