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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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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