Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
What is there for non-Hungarian speakers to appreciate? Most will see a bloke screaming aggressively with lots of fire canons.
Hungary has reintroduced rock to Eurovision and selected AWS with the song Viszlát nyár.
AWS will perform in the second half of semi-final 2.
Let’s be brutally honest here, this sort of heavy/growl rock doesn’t have a great history in the Contest. Even the more commercial, Muse-influenced effort from Ukraine last year limped to 24th place with a decent slot in the running order. And back in 2012, Max Jason Mai pushed Eurovision’s tolerance for heavy-rock too far, finishing last in semi-final 2. Admittedly, he was off-key for most of the song, but that doesn’t escape the fact that Eurovision isn’t a welcome home for this genre of music.
For the Lordi fans out there: 2008 was a totally different era with 100% televoting. Hard Rock Hallelujah also captured the novelty vote. Importantly, though, it was performed in English and had a discernible melody. AWS’s Viszlát nyár lacks both of those crucial components. What is there for non-Hungarian speakers to appreciate? Most will see a bloke screaming aggressively with lots of fire canons.
The second-half of semi-2 is wide open, but Hungary shot themselves in the foot in killing off the most obviously suitable Eurovision song, Meggyfa. On that alone, Hungary deserves not to qualify. And they probably won’t.
- Distinctive and memorable
- Has a USP
- Not relatable
- Most viewers won’t understand the song
- The voters they need won’t be watching Eurovision
- Too easy for jurors to rank low given A Dal scoring
What result can Hungary expect in Lisbon?