After three heats, two semi-finals and two voting rounds in the grand final, at last Hungary has decided. Joci Pápai will return to Eurovision, after he won A Dal 2019 with his song “Az én apám” (My father).
The A Dal grand final result was decided from two rounds of voting. After the acts performed their songs, the expert jury voted and from their votes alone the top four acts then progressed to the super final. The four super finalists were: Joci Pápai with “Az én apám”, Acoustic Planet with “Nyári zápor”, Bence Vavra with “Szótlanság” and Bogi Nagy with “Holnap”.
This also meant that two popular acts had their A Dal journey end early. Gergő Szekér had been a favourite with his song “Madár, repülj!”, but he narrowly missed out in fifth place. Hungary’s Eurovision 2014 act András Kállay-Saunders missed out as part of his new musical project The Middletonz and their song “Roses”. They placed sixth. The jury vote ensure that both these popular acts would not face the public’s vote for the winner.
The top four acts then faced a second round of voting, determined entirely by the public vote. From that, the people of Hungary voted and decided they wanted Joci Pápai to be their act in Tel Aviv.
Joci Pápai returns to Eurovision
József “Joci” Pápai first won A Dal 2017 and represented Hungary at in Kyiv. The song placed eighth in the grand final and is Hungary’s third-best ever Eurovision result.
Joci’s 2019 song “Az én apám” is different to “Origo”. The 2017 song included a dramatic rap and violin, while “Az én apám” is a ballad, but with the distinct Hungarian ethnic sounds that Joci is known for.
Joci won’t be the only returning at at Eurovision 2019. He’ll be joined by the Russian star Sergey Lazarev who taking another shot at Eurovision glory, while Turkish crooner Serhat will again represent the microstate of San Marino. Tamara Todevska will also return to represent FYR Macedonia with “Proud”.
A Dal 2019 – first round results
- Joci Pápai – “Az én apám” (26 points)
- Acoustic Planet – “Nyári zápor” (22 points)
- Bence Vavra – “Szótlanság” (20 points)
- Bogi Nagy – “Holnap” (16 points)
- Gergő Szekér – “Madár, repülj!” (12 points)
- The Middletonz – “Roses” (8 points)
- Fatal Error – “Kulcs” (8 points)
- Gergő Oláh – “Hozzád bújnék” (0 points)
What do you think? Are you excited that Joci will return to Eurovision? Can he top his 2017 result? Have your say below!