The revamped version of “Az én apám” which will represent Hungary at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has been released this evening.
The final version of Joci Pápai‘s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has been released this evening. The song has undergone changes since winning A Dal 2019. Joci entered the studio just days after winning the Hungarian selection to perfect the song ahead of May.
Speaking to Hungarian media, Joci explained that he wasn’t entirely happy with the first version of the song and wanted to perfect it ahead of Eurovision.
I know that I’m a maximalist and very critical of myself. During my A Dal performances, we continually made changes, but even after the final I felt that something was missing, so I went to the studio two days ago. I wanted to make sure that I had no shortcomings with the song. So my conscience is clear that I was able to polish something.
Source: Joci Papai
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.