Joci Papai

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Joci Pápai

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Hungary: Joci Pápai

by Christopher Smith

Since 2011, Hungary has consistently qualified for Eurovision and finished in the top ten on three occasions, so it was perhaps surprising that 37 year old singer Joci Pápai didn’t quite make it this year with his song “Az én apám” (“My Father”), especially as Joci was a previous Eurovision entrant in 2017 with “Origo”, when he finished eighth overall. Perhaps it was a risky undertaking, putting an already fairly successful Eurovision finalist up so soon with the pressure and attention on him to do even better this time around?

Joci made his debut in 2005 with the album “Vigaszdíj” and a string of smash hit singles, including a number one “Özönvíz” in 2017 as well as three number two hits with “Ne nézz így rám”, “Mikor a test örexik” and “Origo”. In addition to his music career, he has appeared in a number of Hungarian TV shows prior to auditioning for the 2017 series of A Dal, the Hungarian selection show for the Eurovision Song Contest. Joci of course sailed through and went on to gain his eighth place win with a total of 200 points.

“Az én apám” was written by Joci himself with Ferenc Molnár and Hungarian singer/songwriter Caramel and has given him his fourth Hungarian singles chart No.2 hit. Joci is touring around Hungary this Summer with many shows already sold out and has already released a follow up to “Az én apám”, “Te vagy a békém” (“You’re My Peace”). Joci has rarely been out of the public eye in his home country for over a decade now and it looks like that will only intensify on the coming months ahead!

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