Hungarian performers are ready for the 54th Eurovision Song Contest. The skilled dancer and singer Zoli, his dancers and vocalists have been rehearsing for two months in strictest confidence and they still regard their final choreography and dresses as a secret.
MTV Hungarian Television organized a Good Bye Party in honour of Zoli Ádok and his great team in the Russian Culture Centre of Budapest on 29th April when the friends, fans and journalists could wish them good luck.
Russian Good Luck
“Ни пуха, ни пера!”– Mr Valery Platonov Cultural Attaché at the Russian Embassy in Budapest felicitated the Hungarian performers on the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest with this old Russian phrase. He said Russian people are very proud of organizing this huge event in Moscow. Mr Platonov added: they will invite Zoli Ádok and his team again with pleasure if Hungarians win the contest.
You need three important things as provisions – said Mr Attila Várkonyi Editor in Chief of MTV’s Entertainment Programmes. A lot of energy, so we give you Russian chocolate to have energy for the strict rehearsals. A lot of luck, so we give you Hungarian hand-made Marzipan Fortune Pigs. And last but not least, a lot of optimism, although you did your best to achieve a good result. So you get a bottle of Russian Champagne to clink with it whatever to be in Moscow.
You Will Survive
The first aspirant of Hungary who wanted to enter to the stage of Eurovision was Andrea Szulák with Árva Reggel (Lonely morning) in 1993 (prequalifying round – Ljubjana). Now she is a host at Hungarian Television and a successful singer. This year Andrea was member of the internal jury of MTV. At the party Andrea addressed a song to her little bit anxious successor. Andrea and Zoli’s vocalists, Kasai and Gábor Heincz performed I Will Survive in an unplugged version.
Kasai is a Caribbean-American pianist, who has been living in Hungary for a long time, he is the lyricist of Dance With Me as well. Gábor Heincz “Biga” is also a musician, he plays guitar. Both of them could prove to have amazing voices during the farewell party when they sang Dance With Me – in jazz style.
There are many fans of Zoli all over the world but unfortunately the members of the Bolshoi Ballet could not make it to our party – Gábor Gundel Takács, host of the event and ESC commentator joked. Instead of them “Malenkie Ballet” performed at the Hungarian farewell party: five little ballerinas fascinated the audience.