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Hungary: Boggie – Wars for Nothing

    After three heats and two semi-finals, this year's A Dal has finally delivered a winner. If last year's song about child abuse wasn't enough, Boggie will attempt to lighten the mood with the song, Wars for Nothing. There might be some points from the East for this song! If there's one reason end all wars, it would be to stop these fucking banal world peace songs being entered every few years. Eurovision is a place for celebration, not a forum to remind people how shit the world can be. "Do you know our earth is a mess All…

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Despite its cliched lyrics and solemn stage show, Wars for Nothing is well delivered by Boggie and her ensemble of backing singers.

User Rating: 3.43 ( 25 votes)

 
 
After three heats and two semi-finals, this year’s A Dal has finally delivered a winner.

If last year’s song about child abuse wasn’t enough, Boggie will attempt to lighten the mood with the song, Wars for Nothing. There might be some points from the East for this song!

If there’s one reason end all wars, it would be to stop these fucking banal world peace songs being entered every few years. Eurovision is a place for celebration, not a forum to remind people how shit the world can be.

“Do you know our earth is a mess
All the wars for nothing, it never ends…”

Thanks for that. I’m sure ISIS are all ears.

Despite its cliched lyrics and solemn stage show, Wars for Nothing is well delivered by Boggie and her ensemble of backing singers. The camera connection is strong and the performance feels genuine and sincere, but it does little to attract support from a wider demographic. Semi-final 1 is made up of Balkan, Baltic and Eastern & Western European nations who will all feel some association with the song’s message, so I do believe that Hungary will get a good spread of mid-ranking points that should see them progress to the final. Once in the final, I think that support will dissipate, which could see Boggie floating around the 20th-place+ positions on the scoreboard.

Once in Vienna, I think we should expect a slightly different stage show, as the naming of past and current conflicts on the backdrop could contravene Eurovision’s rule against political statements. Rather than highlighting the depressing number of dead in each conflict, I reckon they should paint a picture of hope in Vienna – build bridges, rather than demolish them etc.

This won’t be a big year for Hungary.

What do you think of Hungary’s choice?

  • Qualification History
  • Final Performance
  • Allies
Since 2008, Hungary have qualified 4 times in 6 attempts. 66% qualification success.

Highest semi-final score: 224 (2007 – Magdi Rúzsa, Unsubstantial Blues)
Lowest semi-final score: 6 (2008 – Csézy, Candlelight)
Average semi-final finishing position: 7th
Average semi-final score: 86 points

Hungary has finished in the top-10 three times since 2004 (six final appearances.

Highest score (since 2008): 143 (2014 – András Kállay-Saunders, Running)
Lowest score (since 2008): 19 (2012 – Compact Disco, Sound Of Our Hearts)
Average final position: 9th
Average final score: 56 points

Average Points Received

Finland – 6.8
Romania – 6.4
Serbia – 6.3
Iceland – 4.6
Poland – 4.1
Sweden 4.0

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11 comments

  1. I think this song is being massively underrated by fans! wouldn’t be shocked in the slightest if this was top 10 ( or even top 5) on saturday night as i have no doubt what so ever that this is qualifying! when i go to the first semi final on May 19th I’m bringing my hungarian flag with me for the second year in a row 🙂

  2. I actually love this song and even got a bit emotional while listening it live. The first time I ever heard it was after they had already won and it was very touching and sweet.

  3. A little bit of Mocedades from Hungary……I think this will do well. It stands out, I like the simple staging and it is sincere without being cheesy. I know it’s a long way from 1982 and the anti Cold War lyrics of Nicole, but top ten chances at least I think (having backed Hungary to come in top four last year when they came fifth, I am being restrained!)

  4. I think it’s top 5. It’s not instant but the staging makes people stop and take notice with it’s no-frills, direct approach.

    Also, I’ve liked Boggie since I heard her song Parfum last year, feel free to check it out:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qrGOi41iwE

  5. the one worry is that a song about war could be slacked by jury and tele voting because its such a cliche type of song.

    • Didn’t stop Only Teardrops from winning easily in 2013…..you can sing about War and Peace…it just has to be sincere and not cheesy. Not easy.

    • Not only that but N’oubliez pas is an Anti-War song, and it beats Wars for nothing hands down. If the Juries are to vouch for a war song, it’ll likely be France.

      • Hmm, I wouldn’t be so sure about that. The juries aren’t necessarily going to know or interpret Hungary and France as ‘message songs’. It’s all about who makes a stronger impression and connection with the audience. Boggie’s song puts its themes across far better than France does.

        • Good point. Boggie is a wonderful songstress and her eyes in the clip above are like magnets. My issue is really the absence of a decent hook or climax in Wars For Nothing. I think these are the two areas where “Noubliez Pas” comes out on top, but who knows, perhaps both entries will do well.

  6. Bottom 5 if it makes the final.Possible last place bet if the odds are huge.If it was 1.3 to qualify id probably lay.Nothing else to say about this apart from how poor it is.
    Hungary seemed to be moving towards an ESC win over the last few years.This is a huge step backwards.I hope its a one off.

  7. Hungary EIC performance:

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