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Hungarian Gypsy Musician Joci Pápai Will Celebrate Diversity In Eurovision 2017

By Robert Velkey // 2017.02.20.

A Hungarian jury has chosen the winner of the Hungarian selection to the Eurovision Song Contest, who will represent Hungary in Kyiv. Joci Pápai has won the national selection of A Dal 2017, with his song titled Origo. The song tries to mix authentic gypsy music with contemporary pop, hipster styles. Here, you can listen to Joci’s performance in the Hungarian selection.

The sixth edition of the competition saw 30 acts battle for a ticket to Ukraine in May. The winning song was decided by a combination of jury and public votes. He was both the jury’s and the viewers’ favourite.

Joci Pápai is 35 years old and comes from Tata, a town in Northwestern Hungary. His first public grand debut was in 2005 when he took part in the Hungarian talent show Megasztár. He was eliminated in the semi-final round but was determined to continue in music. His first bigger success was with the song Ne nézz így rám in 2006 and after that he had several hits, both solo and with the well-known Hungarian rapper Majka.


The Hungarian Roma singer will represent Hungary in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 13th May.