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Tonight: A Dal kicks off in Hungary

23 January 2016 at 01:01 CET
The participants of A Dal 2016 MTVA/Balogh Zoltán
The Hungarian national selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest is set to kick off with its first quarter final tonight. Find out which acts are competing tonight, and listen to their songs! You can watch the show live on, starting at 19:40 CET.

This is the line-up of tonight's show:

Benji – Kötéltánc
ByTheWay – Free To Fly
Egy Másik Zenekar – Kéne közös kép
Fatima Mohamed – Ott leszek
Freddie (Gábor Alfréd Fehérvári) – Pioneer
Jázmin Török – Power Of Love
Mushu – Uncle Tom
Odett – Stardust
Petra Veres-Kovács –Singing Peace
Reni Tolvai – Fire

The first heat of A Dal 2016 will be broadcast live on 23 January 2016 at 19:40 CET on Duna and Duna World with Csilla Tatár and Levente Harsányi resuming their duties as hosts of the programme.

Gallery: Hungary: Participants of the first heat of A Dal 2016

The 2016 series of A Dal will be set in a brand new studio set with state of the art lighting and special effects. This year the backstage area will be incorporated into the main studio area for the first time, with a direct connection to the show audience.

Special Awards

Special awards to be given this year include Best Newcomer of A Dal and Best Lyrics. There is a new prize for viewers with music production skills too: the Best Remix competition, the winner of which will be chosen by Radio Petőfi's panel of professionals.

The Voting

The songs will be judged by four jury members - Zséda, Pierrot, Károly Frenreisz and Miklós Both - and the viewers will once again be the fifth jury member via voting through the app, A Dal website or text messages. 

The A Dal 2016 mobile application is already available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone in their respective app-stores. Users who already have the previous version should download the latest update. New users will need to register before they are able to cast their votes, which they are encouraged to do before the beginning of the first live show.

The Math behind the Voting

The voting procedure is as follows:

  • From each heat (quarter final) the jury votes will pick the best 5 acts. After the jury has voted, televoting qualifies 1 more act from the 5 that have not been chosen by the jury.
  • In each semi-final, out of 9 respective acts, 3 will first be selected by the jury. Then televoting chooses 1 more act from the 6 that have not been chosen by the jury.
  • In the final, out of the 8 acts, the jury will select 4 to go to the super-final, where televoting decides the winner.

Note that in every instance of jury voting, televoting will also make up 20% of the result - the TV viewers are counted like a "fifth juror".