Tel Aviv 2019

Hungary: Joci Pápai reveals more staging details

Joci will be alone on stage in Tel Aviv

Ever since Joci Pápai won A Dal earlier this year, we’ve had a few hints about what to expect from his Tel Aviv. Previously, we discovered that pictures of fathers from around the world will be featured on his LED screens. Now, we know that Joci will be alone on stage.

Back in March, MTVA hinted at their staging concept for Tel Aviv by announcing an open call for fans to send pictures of their fathers. It is expected that these will be used for the Joci’s LEDs for his Tel Aviv performance. MTVA revealed that they received hundreds of submission, 50 were selected for the performance.

Joci Pápai has revealed that he will be alone on stage for his performance of “Az én apám” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. At an MTVA press conference, Joci said the following:

We tried to keep ourselves in line with what we’ve already developed, and I think what worked fine would have to work well

Joci Pápai speaking at a press conference yesterday

As we know, the EBU permits a maximum of six people to be on stage, which also includes off-stage backing singers. Joci also revealed that he will be joined by Petra Katona and Feng Ya Ou. Both vocalists will be off-stage for the performance.

Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest

Hungary first appeared at Eurovision back in 1994 with Friderika Bayer’s ”Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet?” finishing in fourth place. So far, that is still Hungary’s best ever result at the contest.

In total, Hungary have taken part at the contest sixteen times. Ever since returning to the contest in 2011, they have managed to qualify for the Grand Final every year. After Kati Wolf was internally-selected for Düsseldorf, the broadcaster invented A Dal as their new national final. Their best results in the A Dal era are a fifth place in 2014 with “Running” by András Kállay-Saunders and Joci Pápai’s “Origo” finishing in eight place in 2017. Coincidentally, both acts returned to the A Dal final in 2019.

In 2018, the band AWS represented the country with their metal entry “Viszlát Nyár“. They also managed to qualify for the Grand Final in Lisbon, but then only finished in 21st with 93 points.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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