Hungary’s Eurovision 2017 and 2019 representative Joci Pápai almost quit music completely before being selected as the country’s Eurovision entry.
Speaking in the latest episode of The Euro Trip Podcast, Lőrinc Bubnó, Hungary’s former Head of Delegation, revealed the singer was considering giving up on singing.
“Actually in Joci’s case, I don’t know how many people know this, but actually we talked about it a lot back then, he was really trying to give up on music.”
“He was around for about a decade and he didn’t get very successful, so he was contemplating giving up and doing something else.”
He then went into more detail about how lifechanging Eurovision was for Joci, and the difference it made to his career.
“He was pretty depressed before Eurovision, and that was a big gamechanger for him actually.”
In the interview released as part of The Euro Trip’s latest episode, Lőrinc also addresses the reason’s for Hungary’s withdrawal from Eurovision.
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.
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