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Hungary: AWS – Viszlát nyár

  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…
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What is there for non-Hungarian speakers to appreciate? Most will see a bloke screaming aggressively with lots of fire canons.

User Rating: 3 ( 28 votes)

 
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?

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12 comments

  1. I actually like it and this it will stand out a mile in the line up this year, but having said that is this a good contest song? Im not so sure. Borderline for now.

  2. Silly Lordi comparison are coming in 3..2..1……

  3. Man, Gavin harsh as hell with those scores. Not a metal fan, I take it?

    • I actually don’t mind rock, but the ratings are based on its suitability to a Eurovision audience. Personal taste should never come into Eurovision betting.

      • I agree, but I feel in this case your rating is somewhat clouded by feelings. There is definitely an audience out there for this. I think juries will respect it too. I think it’ll have enough support to just qualify, and then do better in the final.

        I’d say just outside the top 10.

        • I think heavy/growl rock has a poor record, and I’m instantly reminded of Max Jason May’s poor 2012 effort:

          Admittedly, he suffered tuning issues, but still finished dead last in the semi. Hungary stand a better chance because they’re in semi-2, which is looking dire so far. Once in the final, I doubt they’ll get anywhere near top-10. Now I’m giving away my review.

  4. Rock has a relatively decent record all things considered but the softer the better. This is closer to Albania 2013 and Finland 2015 than anything that’s qualified. Hungary are on the longest qualifaction streak excluding countries that have missed editions or automatically qualified if I’m not mistaken. I think that run ends this year.

  5. Sometimes rock songs at ESC sound like dated copies of the sort of music produced in the 70s and 80s. To my ears this has a bit more to it. But as you both point out, Gav and Hippo, rock – and this particular brand of hard edgy rock – can be a hard sell to a Eurovision audience. I’m also not sure about the lead singer’s voice, assuming he has a voice come May with that vocal ‘technique’.

    They need something (whether by way of staging or by English translation) to bring out the meaning of the song. (This of course assumes there is some worthwhile meaning to bring out!)

    I’m with Hippo (not the first time I’ve said this tonight) on this one. NQ.

  6. The second semi-final is a pain …

  7. NQ for me.Hungary seemed as if they were really building a few years ago and would probably win an ESC,but have gone miles backwards since.How do people select this as their ESC entry?.Another terrible song.

  8. If I remember correctly Georgia 2016 had a rock song that did reasonably in he contest.
    9th in the semi and 20th in the final – albeit it was a bit more accessible song than the Hungarian song.

    If Hungary gets the same as Georgia, they should be happy with it.

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