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Friday, 03 May 2013 01:19

Hungary: Reviewing the track 'Kedvesem'

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(1 Vote) is proud to enlist six of the most professional people in the music industry to analyse and assess the entries competing in this years' Eurovision Song Contest. For the second semi-final, three of these with experience in several genres have been putting their respective thoughts forward with the sole aim to see what lies behind each track. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Hungary whose broadcaster, MTV has been drawn in slot number #12 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Kedvesem is co-written by Alex Márta and Zoltán Palásti Kovács with vocals provided by ByeAlex.

Alex made first attempts to write songs when he was a teenager. When he finished high-school, he formed a band called Love Story Bar, which did not get too far though. His first success as musician came after his university graduation: his first single Csókolom! was regularly played by national music channels, followed by his next singles Láttamoztam and Messziről which was a joint composition with radio listeners. The story of ByeAlex becoming the representative of Hungary in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is quite unusual yet simple: it was a „veni, vidi, vici” phenomenon. ByeAlex never thought that it could happen. He did not even want to enter his song for the contest, his managers did it for him. He thought that he didn't have enough stage experience needed for such a show. 

But it seems like his performance clicked with the audience, their votes got him through from the heats to the semi-finals, to the final and to victory with a persuasive majority of 40%, overtaking well-known talent show stars. ByeAlex says he still can’t fully comprehend what he got himself into. There has never been a Hungarian Eurovision entry which caused such a stir. While some of the Hungarian celebrities made one nasty remark after another publicly, the supporters of Alex celebrated the values he and his song Kedvesem stand for. A pure and honest song about love, sung by a humble, intelligent, sensible man. ByeAlex is determined to perform Kedvesem in Hungarian. He believes that the people who have voted for him throughout the show would take it as an insult if he didn't.

The version of the song which won the Hungarian national selection show A Dal and which he will sing in Malmö is a remix by the Hungarian producer and DJ Zoohacker. Hungary decided to change the system of their selection process ever so slightly for this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The element of bringing in a total of thirty (30) songs proved to be a bit difficult for both the public and the jury because of the better songs ultimately got lost along the way. During the final, which featured a total of eight (8) songs, six received votes from the jury and these six ultimately became somewhat super-finalists with the public having the final say in the votes. Despite the fact that Kedvesem performed by ByeAlex had managed only fourth place with the professional jury, it was the public chocie and thus won the ticket to Sweden.

This will be Hungary's eleventh participation at the Eurovision Song Contest with recent results being characterised within the lower end table of the scoreboard within the final. Since returning in 2011, the country has always managed to make the final, the first time with What About My Dreams? a fan favourite which completely tanked during the final achieving twenty-second place and last year finishing in an almost last position with the track Sound Of Our Hearts with just nineteen points. The country has managed to reach the top ten on two occasions, the first time coming during the debut appearance back in 1994 with the song Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet? which peaked in fourth place and the second occasion being in 2007 with the beautiful soulful track, Unsubstantial Blues which reached ninth place in Helsinki. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 73%

Martin Isherwood: No idea what the lyrics about – Doh! say me. Interesting voice. Not a straight ESC song but a refreshing change for that. Really strong hooks. More like a TV advert for a mobile company rather than an ESC track.

Sharon Vaughn: This is quite mesmerizing. Looking forward to seeing the artist perform it!

Stano Simor: Hungary is one of the central countries to compete within the Eurovision Song Contest and thus has my full support. The composition itself is not amazing and the fact that it is performed in Hungarian is a bit too difficult to deal with. Kedvesem (meaning 'darling') would certainly turn a few heads with the female fans. 


Last modified on Friday, 03 May 2013 01:21