Hungary’s Eurovision representative Joci Pápai delivered another psychedelic etno-hip-hop performance in the Grand Finals of the 18th Eurovision festival in Kyiv, Ukraine, deservedly securing the 8th place in the 26-strong finals. Altogether 42 countries participated in this year’s song contest, which was won by Portugal’s Salvador Sobral.
Although Joci received only 48 points from the national juries – the most from Croatia (12) and Serbia (10) – he was much more popular among public voters, who gave him 152 points, the sixth most points in public votes. The total of 200 points was enough for the Hungarian Gypsy musician to deliver the 8th place, one of the best results for Hungary in recent times. Despite making its Eurovision debut in 1994, Hungary has never won the song contest, The closest they came was in 1994 and in 2014, when they placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Joci’s song “Origo”, a hip hop influenced track which blends traditional gypsy music was written by Joci himself. The 35-year-old musician comes from the town of Tata and has been a celebrity in Hungary since shooting to fame in 2005 by talent show Megasztár. Earlier this year, Joci won a competition on Hungarian national TV called “A Dal 2017” (The Song), which selected the Eurovision entry.
via eurovision.tv; photo: blikk.hu; video: Eurovision Youtube channel