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Eurovision 2015: Hungary’s Boggie Enters Finals After Impressive Performance In Semi-Finals


Hungarian singer Boglárka Csemer, known by her stage name Boggie, has made it into the European song contest’s top ten, securing her place at Eurovision 2015’s finals on Saturday, 27 May.

Her song “Wars For Nothing” made it into the top ten on Tuesday evening at the first semi-finals of the sixtieth Eurovision festival in Vienna, Austria, out of a sixteen-member field on the basis of a combination of points given by the professional jury and the audience. Boggie was the tenth performer to take to Wiener Stadhalle’s stage yesterday evening and received rambling applause from the 10 000-strong audience.

The semi-finals were broadcast live on the Hungarian station Duna TV; Boggie wore a long red dress and was accompanied by four vocalists – Orsolya Sapszon, Krisztina Szeder-Szabó, Domonkos Dely and Milán Szakonyi – on the stage. The performance was choreographed by Ákos Tihanyi.

The anti-war song was written by the performer together with fellow Hungarians Áron Sebestyén and Sára Heléne Bori. “I believe this subject can be a very important message also on the stage of the Eurovision Song Contest and it is good that Hungary is able to represent itself with a song like this, I’m proud of it”, the singer told the state news agency MTI in an earlier interview.

The 28-year-old musician won the right to represent Hungary at the Eurovision festival by winning the event’s Hungarian qualifier competition in February. The event is followed by around 100 to 120 million viewers annually and has seen contestants from 40 countries performing this year.

The Eurovision Song Contest was organised for the first time in 1956 and Hungary has been participating in the event since the early 1990s. The best-ever Hungarian showing was put on by Friderika Bayer in 1994, who came fourth in Dublin; last year, Hungary’s András Kállay-Saunders finished in fifth position with his song “Running”.