Hungary in Eurovision 2017: Joci Pápai to compete in Kyiv

Published 29 Mar 13:34

Joci Pápai Eurovision

At “A Dal 2017”, the Hungary Eurovision preselection for the competition in Kyiv, the famous singer, rapper and guitarist Joci Pápai won both the jury vote and the public vote with “Origo”, performed entirely in Hungarian. The artist became a huge star in Hungary after he appeared on “Megasztár”, a large-audience talent show. Joci will sing in the second semi-final, on 11 May.

General Presentation of the Eurovision Hungary Contestant

Born on 22 September 1981 in the town of Tata, József "Joci" Pápai is one of the most popular Hungarian singers of today. The artist dreamt of a music career from a very early age, being inspired by his older brother, who learned how to play the guitar when he was only four years old. Of Romani descent, Joci is in love with the music of the 1960s and 1970s.

From Appearing on Megastar to Being Selected as Hungary Eurovision 2017 Representative
Joci Pápai Eurovision

Joci Pápai debuted on the Hungarian music scene in 2005, when he appeared in the second season of the popular TV show “Megasztár”, which was similar to the Pop Idol talent show. In spite of his elimination during the consolation rounds, Joci’s unique voice and charisma earned him the love of the public, which encouraged him to continue on the path towards success.

The artist’s first big hit was called “Ne nézz így rám”. One year after his elimination from “Megasztár”, Joci teamed up with the popular Hungarian rapper Majka and released the songs “Nélküled” and “Nekem ez jár”, which benefited from a great reception. However, the most successful single of his career was “Mikor a test örexik”, which occupied a great place in Hungarian charts. Joci Pápai also collaborated with Hungarian Music Awards winner Caramel and Zével Szabo for “Elrejtett világ”.

Joci Pápai Eurovision – Will Hungary Advance to the Eurovision 2017 Final Countries with a Non-English Entry?

The Joci Pápai Eurovision performance, scheduled to take place during the second Ukraine semi-final, on 11 May, is expected to make quite a sensation, as it’s one of the few non-English entries in the contest. The single “Origo” represents a mixture of hip-hop and traditional Gipsy music, which makes it different from any other song that will be performed in Kyiv. Joci wrote the song himself, as an homage to his Romani heritage. Hungarians are very excited about Pápai’s act and hope that the jury will appreciate the originality of Hungary’s entry.

Don’t forget to watch the clever and original performance of Joci Pápai on 11 May, during the second semi-final of Eurovision 2017 Ukraine. It would be a pity to miss out on such a spectacular show! If you want to know more interesting facts about the Eurovision 2017 contestants and their entries, take a look at our other articles.

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Joci Pápai
Song for Eurovision
Career start
Rap, pop, rock, soul, R&B, ethnic, downtempo, Gypsy
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József "Joci" Pápai
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