A Dal

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A Dal
GenreMusic, entertainment, reality television
Country of originHungary
Original language(s)Hungarian
No. of series7
Original networkDuna (2016– ),
Duna World (2012– ),
M1 (2012–2015),
Original release28 January 2012 (2012-01-28) –
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A Dal (English: The Song) is the national selection process in Hungary for the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest was introduced in 2012.

The contest was introduced by the MTVA, the organisers of the contest, with a different philosophy than the contest used previously. A Dal was introduced to produce a Hungarian contest, with Hungarian musical tastes being presented to a European audience; the contest is also an open one, with all information of the songs being revealed in the selection process.


The selected songs in the contest are shown to the Hungarian public through a number of special shows, it includes three heats, two semi-finals, and then a final.

Ten songs compete in each heat, with six moving on to the semi-finals, five from the jury and public together and one from the public exclusively selected in a second round. Nine songs compete in each semi-final. Four songs from each semi-final move on to the final, three advancing due to the jury and public and one due to the public exclusively; the final winner is selected through two rounds of voting: the first round selects the top four songs out of the eight finalists; the second round selects the winner from the four remaining songs. The first round uses only the jury and the second round uses only the public.


The first winner of A Dal was the band Compact Disco with the song "Sound of Our Hearts". At the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, the group qualified to the final (10th place in the semi-final with 52 points), and placing 24th in the final with 19 points.

The most successful A Dal winner is András Kállay-Saunders and his song "Running". At the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Kállay-Saunders qualified for the final (placed 3rd in the semi-final with 127 points) and later placed 5th with 143 points, earning Hungary's second best placement ever and only top five finish since 1994.

Year Song Translation Artist Songwriter(s) Final place Final points Semifinal place Semifinal points
2012 "Sound of Our Hearts" Compact Disco Behnam Lotfi, Csaba Walkó, Attila Sándor, Gábor Pál 24th 19 10th 52
2013 "Kedvesem (Zoohacker Remix)" My Darling ByeAlex Alex Márta, Zoltán Palásti Kovács "Zoohacker" 10th 84 8th 66
2014 "Running" András Kállay-Saunders András Kállay-Saunders, Krisztián Szakos 5th 143 3rd 127
2015 "Wars for Nothing" Boggie Boglárka Csemer, Áron Sebestyén, Sára Hélène Bori 20th 19 8th 67
2016 "Pioneer" Freddie Zé Szabó / Borbála Csarnai 19th 108 4th 197
2017 "Origo" Origin Joci Pápai József Pápai 8th 200 2nd 231
2018 "Viszlát nyár" Goodbye summer AWS Dániel Kökényes, Bence Brucker, Áron Veress, Soma Schiszler, Örs Siklósi 21st 93 10th 111
2019 "Az én apám" My father Joci Pápai József Pápai, Ferenc Molnár Caramel Did not qualify 12th 97

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