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Day 3: Joci Pápai completes first rehearsal for Hungary – REVIEW

escXtra are live from Kyiv for day three of rehearsals ahead of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest! The countries rehearsing today, in chronological order, are Serbia, Austria, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Malta, Romania, The Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark and Ireland. Furthermore, read our handy guide for a more detailed look at this contest’s rehearsal schedule.

In addition, for our immediate reactions to every single rehearsal, you can follow our live stream from the press centre at the International Exhibition Center by visiting our YouTube channel.

The latest artist to rehearse is Joci Pápai from Hungary. We have just watched his first run through of Origo live on screen and here is our initial reaction.

Summary in a sentence

Joci brings his national performance to the big stage with effective use of the B stage for his violinist.


Hungary have brought their performance from the national final with Joci and his female dancer. In a change however, the violinist is performing on the B stage in the centre of the arena. This allows for some variance in camera shots. The LED backdrop is gold for most of the time but changes to blue and ultimately red by the end of the performance.


Joci was very strong vocally as he always is.


Joci is wearing a black outfit while his black outfit, while his dancer is in a white traditional dress.

Watch the rehearsal!

As the first rehearsals are closed to the press, only the official Eurovision website has access to film the performances. Therefore, as soon as these videos get uploaded we will edit in the video here!

Stay tuned for our reaction to Anja as she rehearses Where I Am next for Denmark. Meanwhile, remember to tune in to our live stream from the press centre for instant reactions to each rehearsal.

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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