Artist Profile: Hungary 2019 – Joci Pápai

Hungary 2019
Photo by: MTVA

This year, Hungary is represented by Joci Pápai. Joci was born on 22nd of September 1981 in Tata, Hungary. His birth name is Jószef Pápai.

Joci is from a poor family of Romani descent. He started getting interested in music from a young age. His older brother was writing songs and was playing the guitar too and young Joci followed his lead. His father is also a  musician, as being the leader of a big gipsy orchestra.

The success didn’t come easily to him. He came into public attention by competing into a talent show in 2005. After this, he struggled for over a decade to get recognition. In 2017 was a participant in “A Dal”, the Hungarian national final. His song “Origo” won the final and therefore he represented his country in Kiev. In the final of Eurovision the song reached the 8th position with a total of 200 points. It is noteworthy that he was qualified second in his semifinal. After his participation, his career was boosted, gaining a lot of fame and led to many sold-out concerts in his country.

This year he competed once again in “A Dal” and won again. This year his song is entitled “Az Én Apám” which means “My Father”.

Hungary competes 7th in the first semifinal.

What do you think about the song? Is it going to give the country its first win? Write your thoughts on the comment box below.

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