Joci Pápai will represent Hungary at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
Tonight Hungary’s Eurovision selection show A Dal 2019 took place, with eight acts taking to the stage. In the end, it was Joci Pápai with “Az én apám” who came out on top. The series had consisted of three heats, two semi-finals and tonight’s final.
Competing tonight was:
- Acoustic Planet – Nyári zápor – Superfinalist
- Bence Vavra – Szótlanság – Superfinalist
- Bogi Nagy – Holnap – Superfinalist
- Fatal Error – Kulcs – 6th place
- Gergő Oláh – Hozzád bújnék – 8th place
- Gergő Szekér – Madár, repülj! – 5th place
- Joci Pápai – Az én apám – Superfinalist
- The Middletonz – Roses – 7th place
The jury chose the four they wanted to move on to the superfinal round tonight. The winner was then decided by public televote. Joci Pápai has represented Hungary before at the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2017 with “Origo”, where he placed 8th in the final.
Petruska was set to participate in the final, but had been disqualified due to plagiarism. He was then replaced with Gergő Oláh and his song “Hozzád bújnék”.
Freddie, the singer who represented Hungary at the 2016 contest, returned as host this year alongside Bogi Dallos. Miklós Both and Misi Mező returned as jury members while Lilla Vincze and Feró Nagy joined the jury.
Hungary debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, they were represented by Friderika Bayer and the song “Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet”. She went on to finish in 4th place scoring a total of 122 points and four sets of 12 points. This result remains’ Hungary’s best in their history in the contest. Hungary participated from 1994 to 1994 before withdrawing until 2005, the country didn’t return again until 2008. Hungary then once again withdrew in 2010 before returning in 2011. Since their return in 2011 Hungary has qualified for the final every year.