The Grand Final of A Dal 2017 is taking place this Saturday, where eight acts are competing to be Hungary’s next entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. Ahead of the final, we spoke to one of the four jurors – Zséda, who’s job is going to be to select the top four acts to proceed to the Superfinal.
Zséda spoke to us about her role in the jury, the key-things she looks into before giving her scores, and she told us what should Hungary’s Eurovision song be like according to her. Check out all of that in this interview:
Zséda, this is the second time you’re in this jury. How different is the competition this year, comparing it to the last year’s one?
I feel that the competition is much stronger, and we will have such a strong final that can not be compared to the last year’s one. We will have really good and strong artists in the final.
In this week’s final, when you will have to decide which four songs you are going to give your points, and your top mark of course, what are those key-points that you will look into?
Already in the last round I was taking into consideration how well I think the songs would do at the international contest, and this is going to be the main thing in the final, because the song we will send out as Hungary’s act has to stand its place at the international stage. But I will also take into consideration my own feelings and some technical points when deciding on my scores.
What should the song representing Hungary in Eurovision this year be like?
I think that it has to be a song that the public loves as well, as this is one of the key things for me. It will have to be sung by someone who can sing pitch perfect, the song that has a universal message, a very memorable melody… A song that has all of this, cos this is the only way it can be loved by an international audience as well.
We have a song in the final which qualified twice through televoting as the public loves it. Will you take this into account when awarding your points?
I still don’t know, but from my last year’s experience, even on the day of the final my feelings and emotions were still taking shape, and even after I saw the performances I changed my votes. I can’t tell you anything now, but Soulwave made a huge step forward in the semi finals, comparing it to their performance in the heats.
Thank you very much for your time, Zséda!
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