Joci Pápai

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Joci Pápai
Joci Pápai Kyiv 2017 2.jpg
Pápai in 2017
Background information
Birth nameJózsef Pápai
Born (1981-09-22) 22 September 1981 (age 37)
Tata, Hungary
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
  • rapper
  • guitarist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2005–present

József "Joci" Pápai (Hungarian: [ˈjot͡si ˈpaːpɒi]; born 22 September 1981) is a Hungarian singer, voice actor, rapper and guitarist of Romani descent. He represented Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Origo" finishing in 8th place.[1] He represented Hungary again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song "Az én apám".[2] However he failed to qualify for the grand final being the first Hungarian entry not to since returning in 2011.

Career[edit]

Pápai came into contact with music early as his older brother had started writing songs and playing guitar at the age of four. He was influenced by music of the 1960s and 1970s, and rock, pop, soul, and R&B music. His public debut was in 2005, when he was a part of the second season of the TV2 show Megasztár, where he was eliminated in the consolation rounds, but was interviewed by the Budapest daily tabloid Blikk. Afterwards, he started to produce his official debut.[3]

His first big success was Ne nézz így rám. In 2006, he collaborated with rapper Majka with Nélküled and Nekem ez jár, but his greatest success came in 2015 with Mikor a test örexik.[4] He then released a song in collaboration with Caramel and Zé Szabó titled Elrejtett világ. His last collaboration with Majka appeared together with the pop-funk song Senki más.[3]

On 8 December 2016, it was announced that Pápai would be one of the thirty acts participating in the 2017 edition of A Dal, the national selection for Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the self-penned "Origo",[5] in which he progressed to the final and won the competition, giving him the right to represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, coming in 8th place overall. He competed again in the 2019 edition, with the song "Az én apám".[6] He won that as well and represented Hungary again at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.[2] This time, however, he failed to qualify from the semifinal.

Discography[edit]

Joci Pápai being interviewed after the first semi-final of A Dal 2017, 10 February 2017

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Vigaszdíj

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
HUN
[7]
SWE
[8]
SWI
[9]
"Ne nézz így rám" 2010 2 Vigaszdíj
"Nélküled"
(with Majka and Tyson)
"Rabolj el örökre" 2011 Non-album singles
"Nekem ez jár"
(with Majka, Curtis, and BLR)
2013 5
"Mikor a test örexik"
(with Majka)
2015 2
"Elrejtett világ"
(with Caramel and Zé Szabó)
"Senki más"
(with Majka)
2016 25
"Origo" 2017 2 97
[10]
70
"Özönvíz" 1
"Távol" 2018 11
"Látomás" 12
"Kirakós" 26
"Az én apám" 2
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
HUN
[7]
"Bom Chicka Wah Wah"
(Majka feat. Tyson & Joci Pápai)
2011 Non-album single
"Irány sopron"
(Majka & Curtis feat Joci Pápai)
2018 12
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mercereau, Damien (5 March 2017). "Eurovision 2017 : Joci Pàpai revient aux origines pour la Hongrie" (in French). Le Figaro. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b Herbert, Emily (23 February 2019). "Hungary: Joci Pápai Selected For Eurovision 2019". Eurovoix. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Honnan jött Pápai Joci, és mit csinált az Eurovízió előtt?" (in Hungarian). Origo. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Te lájkolnád? Majka legújabb dala is Youtube-siker" (in Hungarian). Zaol.hu. 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Radics Gigi nyerte A Dal utolsó válogatóját". hirado.hu. 2017-02-04. Retrieved 2016-02-07.
  6. ^ "Hungary presents their top 30 for 'A Dal' 2019". eurovision.tv. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-01-26.
  7. ^ a b Peak positions on the Hungarian Single Top 40:
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Discography Pápai Joci". Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  9. ^ "hitparade.ch – Discographie Pápai Joci". Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 19 May 2017.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Freddie
with "Pioneer"
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
AWS
with "Viszlát nyár"
Preceded by
AWS
with "Viszlát nyár"
Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest
2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent