Pétra Veres-Kovacs: “I wrote my song the last November after I heard terrible news on TV” (Hungarian candidate – Exclusive Interview)

ESC+Plus has talked to Pétra Veres, participant of this year’s Hungarian national selection for Eurovision, “A Dal 2016”. The singer will perform “Singing Peace” composed by herself along with Tamás Subecz.

ESC+Plus: Hello! First of all, thank you so much for your time and congratulations on having been selected to take part in the Hungarian national selection for Eurovision 2016!

E+: Can you tell us about you, your musical career and important achievements?

I’ve been singing since I was 4 years old, I grew up on watching Britney Spears’s concert movies, singing Michael Jackson’s songs, singing everything I’ve heard that time. There was nothing I wanted to do once I found my path, I was such a wallflower in high school, but everything has changed when I won a singing competition in 2013. It’s called The Voice of Fehérvár, I loved every minute of it, the judges were very nice and they told me that I should continue singing. Now, 2 years later I have 2 originals songs published, I have hundreds written, and I have a music video too. I also sang in New York City’s Carnegie Hall as a member of a choir, which is the greatest experience of my life!

E+: What impelled you to take part in “A Dal 2016”?

I met my friend, Tamás Subecz in 2012, he is a music composer and producer. We got on so well, that I stayed at his studio and recorded lot of songs together. I co-wrote “Singing peace” with him. We always planed that one day we’re going to send a song to the Eurovision Song Contest, but we waited for the inspiration to come.

E+: How did you feel when you knew you had qualified for the heats? Did you expect it?

When I found out that our song is going to be in A Dal 2016, we couldn’t believe it for weeks. “No way”- we said. It’s a huge honor for both of us, we are very-very grateful.

E+: What it would mean for you to represent Hungary? 

I proudly say that I’m Hungarian and I would be honored for a lifetime that my country sends my song to the ESC.

E+: Can you tell us about your song? What is the story behind the lyrics?

“Singing peace” is a very emotional song, I wrote it in last November after I heard terrible news on the TV. I wasn’t sure I would ever show this song to anybody, but I did and the other is history.

E+: Why do you think your song has to be selected for Stockholm? What are you strengths to reach the top in the competition?

My song has a very deep and meaningful lyrics, it’s about a moment, when I felt like I have to grow up as I realized the world isn’t as pretty as we think when we are young. It fights for peace, it hopes for a better tomorrow, and I find it important to sing about social causes as well.

E+: Have you started to prepare your stage performance for “A Dal 2016”?

I have started to prepare for the show, I can’t wait! We work hard on it, and I have to thank the crew of MTVA to help us as much as they can do! We rehearse a lot with Tamás Subecz, he also helps me a lot.

E+: Do you usually watch Eurovision? What are your favorites songs in the history of the competition?

I watch the ESC every year, I loved Lena’s Satellite, Loreen’s Euphoria and Conchita’s Rise like a phoenix! All of them are very different, but very great songs!

E+: If you could choose a Eurovision former participant to sing along with, who would it be?

I would totally love to sing with Conchita!

E+: Besides Eurovision, what are your plans for this year?

My main goal for this year is to get heard by a lot of people, I want to publish more and more songs, maybe an album, we’ll see! And I’m currently waiting for the results of songwriting competitions I entered this year. Hoping for the best!

E+: Finally, can you send a message for our readers and Eurovision fans?

10. Dear readers and Eurovision fans! You’re going to love Hungary’s final ESC song because all of A Dal’s participants are awesome! Please, take care of each other, enjoy yourselves and spread the love! And of course, “Let’s keep on singing peace”.

E+: Thanks for your time and good luck!



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