HUNGARY – József “Joci” Pápai is a Hungarian singer, voice actor, rapper and guitarist of Romani descent. He represented Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Origo” finishing in 8th place. He will represent Hungary again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Az én apám”. Pápai came into contact with music early as his older brother had started writing songs and playing guitar at the age of four. He was influenced by music of the 1960s and 1970s, and rock, pop, soul, and R&B music. His public debut was in 2005, when he was a part of the second season of the TV2 show Megasztár, where he was eliminated in the consolation rounds, but was interviewed by the Budapest daily tabloid Blikk. Afterwards, he started to produce his official debut.
His first big success was Ne nézz így rám. In 2006, he collaborated with rapper Majka with Nélküled and Nekem ez jár, but his greatest success came in 2015 with Mikor a test örexik. He then released a song in collaboration with Caramel and Zé Szabó titled Elrejtett világ. His last collaboration with Majka appeared together with the pop-funk song Senki más.
On 8 December 2016, it was announced that Pápai would be one of the thirty acts participating in the 2017 edition of A Dal, the national selection for Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the self-penned “Origo”, in which he progressed to the final and won the competition, giving him the right to represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, coming in 8th place overall. He competed again in the 2019 edition, with the song “Az én apám”. He won that as well and will represent Hungary again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The final will take place on 23 February 2019 where the eight entries that qualified from the semi-finals will compete. The winner of the competition will be selected over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the jury will determine the top four entries that will advance to the second round. The voting system for the four jurors will different from the method used in the heats and semi-finals. Each juror will announce their scores after all songs had been performed rather than assigning scores following each performance and the jurors will rank their preferred top four entries and assign points in the following manner: 4 (lowest), 6, 8 and 10 (highest).
The four entries with the highest total scores will proceed to the second round. The four entries with the highest total scores that proceeded to the second round were “Holnap” performed by Bogi Nagy, “Az én apám” performed by Joci Pápai, “Nyári zápor” performed by Acoustic Planet, and “Szótlanság” performed by Bence Vavra. In the second round, “Az én apám” performed by performed by Joci Pápai was selected as the winner via a public vote consisting of votes submitted through SMS, mobile app and online voting. In addition to the performances of the competing entries, guest performers included AWS, the winner of A Dal 2018 and representative of Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
HUNGARY 2019 🇭🇺 A DAL FINAL
|Joci Pápai||" Az én apám "||26||1|
|Gergő Oláh||"Hozzád bújnék"||0|
|Gergő Szekér||"Madár, repülj!"||12|
|Acoustic Planet||"Nyári zápor"||22|