What are the odds of two young women with similar names, singing songs built around acoustic guitar arrangements with lyrics pleading for peace, entering Hungary’s A Dal contest to choose a song for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest? But that is exactly what has happened with Boggie’s “Wars for Nothing” and Bogi’s “World of Violence”.  Both are good songs, but I have chosen Boggie’s song as the best from a group of 30 songs overall.  “Wars for Nothing” may be too subtle to win in an increasingly flashy contest like Eurovision, but it would be a shame if it weren’t even chosen to represent Hungary, and as we are reminded by events like the Charlie Hebdo shooting, we could use a little peace right now.  World events aside, “Wars For Nothing” is still a beautifully understated song.

My Rank Title, Artist Heat Rank Semifinal Rank Final Rank
1 “Wars For Nothing”, Boggie Heat 3 – QUALIFIED SF1 – QUALIFIED WIN!
2 “Gyémánt” (Diamond), Vera Tóth Heat 1 – QUALIFIED SF1 – eliminated
3 “Kicsi a világ, de nagy világ” (Little world, but big world), Pankastic! Heat 2 – QUALIFIED SF1 – eliminated
4 “Untold Story”, Other Planet Heat 3 – QUALIFIED SF2 – eliminated
5 “Hol a határ” (Where’s the borderline?), Proof of Life Heat 3 – eliminated
6 “Our Time”, Saci Szécsi & Böbe Szécsi Heat 2 – eliminated
7 “Úgysem felejtesz el” (You won’t forget me anyway), Gabi Szűcs Heat 1 – QUALIFIED SF2 – eliminated
8 “World of Violence”, Bogi Heat 1 – QUALIFIED SF2 – eliminated
9 “Back 2 Right”, Fool Moon Heat 3 – eliminated
10 “Run To You”, Gyula Éliás Jr. feat. Fourtissimo Heat 2 – QUALIFIED SF2 – eliminated

The heats for A Dal will be held on January 24, January 31, and February 7, with the semifinals held on February 14 and 21.  I will update this page after each one.  Good luck and “Sok szerencsét kivánok!” to all the participants in A Dal.  The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Vienna, Austria on May 19, 21, 23, 2015.

UPDATE:  I am very happy to announce that my top choice for best song has won the honor of representing Hungary at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest! Hurray! Good luck and “Sok szerencsét kivánok!” to Boggie!

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