Megasztár

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Megasztár - Voice of the Year is a Hungarian voice talent television series that started in 2003 on TV2. While it is widely considered an unlicensed clone of the British television show Pop Idol (and sometimes even referred to as Hungarian Idol), TV2 maintains that it is a distinct format created by SBS management member Christoph Buerge. The sixth series was the last, because TV2 bought the license of The Voice. The Hungarian edition of The Voice premiered in fall 2012; it will be the rival show to X-Faktor.

Impact[edit]

The show is notable for not only stirring up but, in the end, radically changing the pop music world in the Hungary of the 2000s, often criticized due to the lack original talent that Megasztár set out to find. As Péter Geszti said during the third series finale, "Hungarian pop musicians are afraid of Megasztár singers because the latter are extruding the former from the pop market."

Indeed, three albums from Megasztár singers already finished in Hungary's official top ten sales list,[1] and by 2005, five of the top ten sellers were Megasztár-related albums.[2]

Show format[edit]

Auditions[edit]

Auditions for each series are organized in the summer. In these, entrants (the number of whom reached several tens of thousands by the third series) each introduce themselves in front of the jury (already familiar with their application, consisting of a CV and a number of songs given as favourites) with a song either selected by them or the jury, who may either ask them to stop or continue based on their performance.

Semi-finals[edit]

From the auditions fifty people are selected, who, in groups of ten, participate in semi-finals in the autumn, singing one song selected by themselves, and with the jury selecting the best two each time to participate in the finals. The jury also has to pick an additional singer each time to participate in a special semi-final, where two more singers are also picked up for the finals, but this time the audience vote for the singers by phone and text messages (and in the third series, via the internet as well).

Finals and elimination[edit]

The finals are organized in the spring, where finalists are eliminated one by one, based on the audience's votes. In the first series, the singer with the least votes was eliminated. In the second series, the jury chose one singer to continue from the two with the least votes. In the third series, the jury chose a singer to continue from the three singers with the least votes, the remaining two having to sing a 'duel' for the audience's votes.

Prizes[edit]

The grand prize for the winner of the first series of Megasztár was a contract at a record company. Because of the show's high popularity, however, most singers of all series were given their own contracts in the end. From the second series, winners were also promised a car and a flat in a newly-built apartment block, the latter leading to some controversy as the flat which the second series winner was promised to have by the end of 2005 was still not built in May 2006.[3]

The jury[edit]

Former jury members Lead jury members were also the show's producers in charge of music.

  • Tamás Z. 'Pierrot' Marosi (series 1-2)
  • Péter Novák (series 3)
  • Gyöngyi 'Soma' Spitzer, jazz singer (series 1-3)
  • Gábor Presser, musician, member of legendary 1970s Hungarian rock group LGT (series 1-3 and 5)
  • Tibor 'Settenkedő' Bakács, critic (series 1-3)
  • Barna Pély, jazz musician and singer of the group called United (series 1-3)
  • Enikő Eszenyi, actress (series 4-5)
  • Tamás Mester, singer (series 4-6)
  • Sándor Friderikusz, TV presenter (series 4-5)
  • Miklós Fenyő, singer (series 4)

Final jury members

  • Zoltán Bereczki, actor and singer (since 6th series)
  • Mariann Falusi, singer (since 6th series)
  • Tamás Mester, singer (since 4th series)
  • Gábor Bochkor, radio personality (since 6th series)

Finalists[edit]

First series

Second series

  • Ferenc 'Caramel' Molnár - winner
  • Tamás Palcsó - runner-up
  • Gabi Tóth - 3rd place (younger sister of first series winner Veronika Tóth)
  • Dániel Torres - 4th place
  • Csaba 'Boogie' Gál - 5th place
  • Eszter Bartók - 6th place
  • Ádám Bálint - 7th place
  • Tamás Pál - 8th place
  • Levente Bella - 9th place
  • Tímea Kovács - 10th place
  • Orsolya Pflum - 11th place
  • Ivett Kósa - 12th place

Third series

  • Magdolna Rúzsa - winner
  • Ferenc Varga - runner-up
  • Angéla Póka - 3rd place
  • Eszter Szabó - 4th place
  • Tamás Kontor - 5th place
  • Bíborka Bocskor - 6th place
  • Anikó Baktai - 7th place
  • Péter Puskás - 8th place
  • Mónika Hoffmann - 9th place
  • István Varga - 10th place
  • Szabolcs Oláh - 11th place
  • Izabella Széles - 12th place

Fourth series

Fifth series

Sixth series

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