Top Of Hungary #4: Hungarian Singer Viktor Király’s Success Run In US Talent Show “The Voice”
Tamás Székely 2015.12.30.
Our “Top of Hungary 2015″ series aims to represent fifteen episodes of the the year, which – according to our assessment – played an important role in the public, cultural or sport life of Hungary during the last twelve months. Regardless of the positive or negative aspects, we have evaluated the events separately, therefore our list reflects nothing more but the personal opinion of the editorial team.
The fourth most important Hungary-related event in 2015: Viktor Király’s success run in American talent show “The Voice”
In September and October 2015, New York-born Hungarian singer Viktor Király earned himself a pretty good reputation in the United States as a result of a string of stunning performances delivered in popular talent show “The Voice” broadcast by NBC. As an introduction, Király stunned the jury at a blind audience with the performance of his song “What’s Going On”. Later, he progressed to the playoffs in style by beating his duet rival Cassandra Robertson. Király also sang “If I Ain’t Got You” in pair with Jordan Smith and despite suffering a narrow defeat he could make the next round thanks to jury member Gwen Stefani. Finally, Király said goodbye to the American audience by delivering a solo performance “All around the World”, followed by a joint “Team Gwen” song.
In 2008, the Hungarian pop singer, who was born in the United States but has been living in Hungary since 1999, won the fourth series of the Hungarian talent show “Megasztár”. Later, Viktor Király participated two times in the Hungarian national selection, A Dal (“The Song”), to the Eurovision Song Contest; in 2012 with his twin brother and sister – fellow singer Linda Király – as The Királys, performing the song “Untried”; and in 2014 as a solo artist, with “Running Out Of Time”. After his return to Hungary, Viktor Király told commercial channel TV2 that he was rather surprised after hearing the jury’s verdict on his last “The Voice” performance, because he did not feel sad at all. “I am very proud of what I have achieved so far, and I am very grateful to my fans”, Király said.