Gergo Olah shot to fame in Hungary when he took part in the third season of X Factor in 2012, which he ended up winning. is the winner of the third season of X Factor in Hungary. His first single “Torj ki a csendbol” was a big success in the country. He is now giving a go in A Dal, and he wants to represent Hungary in Eurovision with his song “A tukor elott” (In Front Of A Mirror).
We had a great pleasure to chat with Gergo regarding his career, and his participation in A Dal. Check out everything he told us right here:
- Hi Gergo! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself for the start?
Hello everyone, I am Gergo Olah. I won “X Factor” in 2012 in Hungary, and I am very happy that ever since then music is my job, and I can do what I love the most – I can compose music, write lyrics, and I am very happy that I can sing at concerts in front of many people.
- What did X Factor mean to you personally, and what did you learn in that competition?
X Factor was a huge opportunity for me, and it was the biggest help in my career. I tried to do many things that have to do with music before this contest, as I always wanted to get into the music industry, but it didn’t work out. So I thought that maybe entering a great talent show would help me. A friend of mine submitted an application for X Factor for me, and he sent me an SMS saying that I can’t let this opportunity pass, so I said I’ll do it. The entire competition was very hard, and every single part of it was very hard – starting from boot camp, judges’ houses, through every single live show which all together lasted through many months, and it was very hard for me because I was away from my family, I have two children, and I wasn’t seeing them, but I enjoyed it because I could work with music 24 hours a day.
- How did you decide to enter A Dal this year?
This was a big decision, because this is not a talent show, because you already have very well known singers, and very popular singers in Hungary taking part in A Dal, and this is a competition of songs, not artists. I’m preparing my first album, and so many good songs were born, and I work with so many great composers, and as soon as we finished this song “A tukor elott”, I said – let’s try, let’s send it in, because I wanted to take part in A Dal in the past as well, and I would love to go to Eurovision. Everyone’s feedback was also very positive, and they all said how strong this song is, and how much they like it, so we went for it, and once I got a phone call that I’m in the top 30, I was at home, and I started jumping and screaming.
- Can you tell me more about “A tukor elott”, what is it about?
I think song has a very deep message, and it’s the type of songs which I love singing the most. This song is about a path, could be my path, can be your path, or anyone else’s, because a person starts off somewhere, and would like to achieve something in his/her life. This song tells you to look in the mirror bravely, to see who you are, to see what you would like to do with your life, what to achieve. Look in the mirror, and say that you don’t care which is the colour of your skin, what nationality you are, just go on your own path to become a great and a successful person, and that everyone has a possibility to become that, and everyone has a talent that they need to use. And even though all of us walk off that path at times, remember that you can easily get back on track, and fulfil a dream that you dreamed once.
Well, my song is rather slow, but it has a great pull, and the vocals in it have to be very strong. I will have five vocalists with me on stage – four girls and one guy, and because the song title is “A tukor elott” (In Front Of A Mirror), we would like to use the LED screens as mirrors, and use them as a separate visual world, and I think that this will work out great. And there will be a part when we shall show the message of this song by showing all these different people in the backdrop – Chinese, African, Romani, Hungarian, and other people of all nationalities from all over the world will be there on the LED screens.
- Did you listen to the other 29 songs, and do you have a personal favourite?
Yes, I listened through all the songs completely, and there are really great songs and great singers, so this won’t be an easy competition. I have a personal favourite, who I didn’t know so far, but I love their song – Passed. They’re bringing a very interesting new music style to the contest. And my other favourite would be Gyula Elias.
- Do you usually watch Eurovision?
Yes, I watch it all the time! This is a very high standard competition, and I’m always eager to know who will be in this competition every year.
- And finally, do you have a message for all the readers of ESCBubble, and all the people who will get to know you now through A Dal?
First of all, I would like to thank all my fans for being there for me at all times, and I hope that all of them will keep with me this time, and that we will together manage to advance on this path, and for all of those who don’t know me yet, but will perhaps like my song, I just hope that this song will send a strong message to them as well, and that they will enjoy the melodies of the song, and I hope that you will like it.
- Thank you very much Gergo, and we wish you all the best in A Dal!
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