The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we say hello again to Hungary‘s Eurovision 2017 star Joci Pápai, who this time will perform “Az én apám”. Did we feel moved by his fatherly ode? Read on to find out!
Joci Pápai with “Az én apám”
“Az én apám” reviews
Antranig: I am not a fan of “Origo”, though I appreciate its musicality. I am a huge fan of “Az én apám” though. Joci Pápai speaks to my soul despite the fact that I don’t speak a lick of Hungarian. This man is one of a kind — nobody can create an atmosphere the way Joci does. I am absolutely mesmerised by this entry and when I close my eyes, I feel like Joci transports me to a different place and time. He is so talented and this effort is breathtaking.
Antony: “Az én apám” has a pleasant and gentle quality to it with its guitar-based vibe. Because of this, it is not instantly catchy as it runs smoothly. Luckily, it does build up as Joci starts to belt out more with more of a memorable melody. The song allows for his vocal abilities and emotional attachment to the song to flourish, which will be loved by many.
William: Born to an orchestra leader and raised with the unique musical traditions of the Romani people, Joci brings spiritual depth in spades. His music is at once earthy and organic but somehow elevated and transcendent. He’s like an angel masquerading as a busker and I am here for it. This song, however, needs a bit of an edit. It simmers for a bit too long and only really starts to cook two minutes in. Unfortunately by then I’ve left the room for something more substantial and filling.
Barnabas: Many people have been moaning about “Az Én Apám” being worse than Origo. But guess what: I am much more into this effort of Joci than the one back in 2017! In some way, it just appeals to me more, and while it’s more radio-friendly than its predecessor, you can still hear Joci’s one-of-a-kind sound in it, boosted with another easy part that everyone can sing along to. If you ask me, I don’t see Hungary’s qualifying streak breaking this year, and while I have no clue where it will finish in the final, it will surely be one of my top tracks of this season.
Lucy: For me, Hungary’s songs are always a huge grower. I didn’t enjoy “Origo” at all at A Dal but loved it in Kyiv. Sadly, “Az én apám” isn’t growing yet. I do like it considerably more than I first liked “Origo”, but it’s just staying put and getting overtaken often in my top 41. It’s pleasant, the “na-na-na” hook is so pleasing, but it’s just quite flat in comparison to his last try at Eurovision. Pairing this with the photograph-based staging he will be putting out there in Tel Aviv, I feel this may fail to make enough of an impact to get anywhere near his previous success.
Robyn: Two years ago, “Origo” was one of my big favourites in Kyiv and its top-ten placing was well deserved. This time, I’m still really enjoying “Az én apám”, but it seems less certain to enjoy Eurovision success. The problem is, Joci’s song for Tel Aviv is very low-key. There’s nothing about it that sticks in the memory. And in a semi-final full of memorable acts, this could be an issue. I’d love to see Hungary in the final, but I’m not sure if things will work out this year.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 9.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.28/10
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