HUNGARY – József Pápai, also known as Joci Pápai (born 22 September 1981, Tata, Hungary) is a Hungarian singer and gutarist of Romani descent, most notable for participating in A Dal 2017. He will represent Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST
Pápai came into contact with music early because his older brother had started playing guitar at the age of four, writing songs. 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, and interviewed by Blikk. Afterwards, he started to drive towards his debut.
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. He then released a song in collaboration with Caramel and Zével Szabo titled Elrejtett világ. His last collaboration with Majka appeared together with the pop-funk song Senki más.
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, in which he progressed to the final and won the competition, giving him the right of representing Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.