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András Kállay-Saunders to represent Hungary!

22 February 2014 at 23:32 CET

In an exciting final, András Kállay-Saunders was crowned the winner of A Dal 2014. He gained the highest number of calls in the televoting and thus will go on to represent Hungary in the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. You can watch his performance of his winning entry Running on the A Dal 2014 website.

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After his victory, András Kállay-Saunders shared his feelings with us backstage - watch our video below:

The winner

András Kállay-Saunders was born on January 28th, 1985. He was born in New York to Hungarian model Katalin Kállay and American musician Fernando Saunders, and he also grew up in the USA. In 2011 he visited Hungary to spend time with his grandmother who was ill. At that time, he noticed an advertisement for the Megasztár talent show, and he applied.

And it was a very successful move: András Kállay-Saunders came fourth in the end, and signed with Universal Music. At that point he also decided to permanently move to Hungary. In 2013, he first took part in A Dal with the song My Baby, which was the favourite of the expert jury in the final. This year, he finally managed to convince the TV viewers too, thus becoming the Hungarian representative for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest.

The super-final

First, a jury had picked the following four "super-finalists", out of which televoting then decided on the winner:

  1. András Kállay-Saunders
  2. Bogi
  3. Fool Moon
  4. Viktor Király

The line-up

This was the full line-up tonight, in order of appearance (jury votes in brackets, super-finalists in bold):

  • Depresszió - Csak a zene (0 points)
  • Bogi - We All (26 points)
  • Kállay-Saunders András - Running (30 points)
  • New Level Empire - The Last One (12 points)
  • Pál Dénes - Brave New World (4 points)
  • Fool Moon - It Can’t Be Over (22 points)
  • Király Viktor - Running Out Of Time (18 points)
  • Honey Beast - A legnagyobb hős (0 points)

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Meet the artists has followed A Dal 2014 - The Final live in Budapest - watch our video impressions right below:

The jury

The expert jury consisted of Magdi Rúzsa, who had represented Hungary in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, Jenő Csizsár, Philip Rákay, and Kati Kovács. They revealed their verdict after all ten acts had performed, picking four entries for the "super-final" voting. The TV audience then voted for their favourite among the four remaining songs. 

The presenters

Éva Novodomszky and Gábor Gundel Takács presented the final of A Dal 2014, joined by Krisztina Rátonyi and Levente Harsányi as backstage presenters.

Hungarian 2013 Eurovision representative ByeAlex acted as a "digital commentator", discussing online and commenting on the performances during the shows. He also performed a "symphonic version" of his Eurovision entry Kedvesem in the interval.

Watch again!

Did you miss the live show? Then you can watch it again on-demand in our WebTV player!