Singer: Zoli ÁDOK
Title: Dance With Me
Composer: SZABÓ Zé
Hungarian Television announced at a press conference on 23 February that this year’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest will be the song “Dance with me” performed by Zoli Ádok.
The internal professional jury listened to all the submitted songs again on 13 February after the previously selected two entries had withdrawn due to reasons which have been beyond the broadcaster’s control. This time the jury selected three potential ESC songs. Before the official and final announcement of this year’s entry, MTV not only had extensive negotiations with the applicants but also asked for a written confirmation that their entry is in line with the terms of application and that they are really committed to represent Hungarian Television and their country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, should they be appointed by the jury.
“All the three potential songs are excellent in their genre and they are well worth to be performed at the song contest. The final decision has been made after the artists signed their letter of intent and their songs have been checked in every respect.” – said Attila Várkonyi, Head of Entertainment Programmes at MTV. “Dance With Me is a joyful, dynamic song and we hope that it will rock the Olympic Stadium in Moscow as well as the millions of viewers at home.”
Jury member and creative director Zsolt Lengyel will work out the on-stage performance of the song together with Zoli Ádok during the next weeks. “It is very extraordinary that a good singer is also a skilled dancer at the same time. Professional motion and a confident stage presence are necessary requirements in order to give a spectacular show.” – explained Zsolt Lengyel the decision of the jury.
Jury member Gábor Gundel Takács who will be Hungary’s commentator this year again, added: “The Eurovision Song Contest started as a competition of songs 54 years ago but became Europe’s favourite tv-show with a three-part series of gigantic live events by now.”
Zoli Ádok graduated in Pécs as a ballet dancer and then travelled around the world as a professional dance artist and musical actor. As a result, he speaks fluently English and German, moreover he has no difficulties with Spanish either. He performed in Switzerland in the musical Fame and he starred in the musical Cats in Berlin. With the latter he stood 500 times on stage! At home in Hungary he is a regular artist of the Operetta Theatre and the Madách Theatre. Zoli will perform the English version of his single “Tánclépés” which is also the title of his first album released in November 2008.