EUROVISION 2019: Hungary’s returning star Joci Pápai releases revamp – the whistling parts of “Az Én Apám” are removed

Joci Pápai can show himself to the Eurovision fans for the second time this year, as he was the first artist to win Hungary’s national selection show two times. In 2017, he brought “Origo” to the grandiose stage, which was a huge success, earning him the 8th place in the Grand Final, but now, he is returning with a passionate ballad “Az én apám”. Joci also earns the crown as one of the very few representatives of the nation revamping their entry.

Joci has announced earlier he would bring a revamped version of “Az Én Apám” to the contest, because, according to him, he felt that something was missing. That is why he joined the likes of Magdi Rúzsa, Kati Wolf and ByeAlex, who have revamped their songs before flying Hungary’s flag to the Eurovision stage. However, the singer did not want to switch the language, as he is proud to sing his most important number in Hungarian.

Now, the new version of “Az Én Apám” is finally here with a new music video – containing footage from Joci’s “A Dal 2019” performances and clips from the previous original video, that you can watch below:

We listened to it, and we loved it, though, we sincerely must state that we miss the whistling parts, which were literally stuck in our head – they have been swapped for a violin line, making Joci’s entry perhaps a little bit more emotional. It’s still Joci’s honest feelings that won our hearts in this song.

Joci arrived to Tel Aviv last Sunday to rehearse for the big day, and seems to be more than happy to get the chance to represent Hungary again.

I’m here in Israel for the first time, and I’m so grateful to fate for that. It’s a fantastic place!

All acts of the acts have now been announced, they are Srbuk for ArmeniaTamta for CyprusJonida Maliqi for AlbaniaEliot for BelgiumMiki for SpainSerhat for San MarinoDuncan Laurence for The NetherlandsTamara Todevska for North MacedoniaMichela Pace for MaltaBilal Hassani for FranceLake Malawi for the Czech RepublicPÆNDA for AustriaDarude feat. Sebastian Rejman for FinlandMichael Rice for the United KingdomSergey Lazarev for RussiaMahmood for ItalyKate Miller-Heidke for AustraliaD-Moll for Montenegro, Kobi Marimi for IsraelKaterine Duska for GreeceJoci Pápai for HungaryJurijus for LithuaniaLeonora for DenmarkS!sters for GermanyEster Peony for RomaniaVictor Crone for EstoniaRoko for CroatiaCarousel for LatviaTulia for PolandHatari for IcelandZala Kralj & Gašper Šantl for SloveniaKEiiNO for NorwayNevena Bozovic for SerbiaConan Osíris for PortugalOto Nemsadze for GeorgiaAnna Odobescu for MoldovaLuca Hänni for SwitzerlandJohn Lundvik for SwedenZena for BelarusSarah McTernan for Ireland, and Chingiz for Azerbaijan.

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted at the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel after Netta won last year with the song “Toy”. The two Semi-Finals will take place on 14 May and 16 May with the Grand Final taking place on 18 May. A total of 41 countries will compete in the contest.

What do you think of the revamp of Jonida Maliqi’s song “Ktheju Tokës” which will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019? Let us know on Twitter @CelebMix.

Written by Alexandra Nagy

I'm Alexandra from Hungary, now living in the UK, and writing is not just my hobby - it's my passion. I'm a writer/journalist addicted to music, travelling, football, movies & books, proudly supporting Derby County Football Club.
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