Pápai Joci My Father, representing Hungary, did not get to the finals at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest Tuesday in Tel Aviv.
In the first semifinal of the song festival, the performers of 17 countries presented their productions. The top 10 squads, including the Saturday semi-final, were based on a combination of professional jury points and audience votes.
Duna Television broadcast the semi-finals live from the venue, Tel-Avivi International Exhibition Center, where Joci Pápai presented his song My Father, written by Ferenc Molnár with Caramel. He produced his productions alone on stage, two vocalists, Petra Katona and Ferenc Feng Ya Ou, backing the scenes. My father was inspired by the father of Joci Pápai, the message of the song to love the people we care about in the present.
At the end of the show, Hungary was not ranked among the returnees. However, Cypriot Tamta, Slovenian Zala Kralj and Gasper Santl, Czech Lake Malawi, Zena Belarusian, Nevena Bozovic returning after six years, Australian Kate Miller-Heidke, Icelandic Hatari, Estonian Victor Crone, the Greek Katerine Duska, and the second San Marino Serhat.
The ten goers were formed on the one hand by a five-member professional jury from the participating countries, as well as from the top finalists from Israel, Spain and France; or sms. The combination of the two gave birth to the ten followers; voters from each country may not vote for their own performers.
On Tuesday night, Netta Barzilai, the songwriter of last year’s Opening Song, performed on stage with Dana International, who won the competition in 1998.
Representatives of Armenia, Ireland, Moldova, Switzerland, Latvia, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, Croatia, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Albania, Norway, the Netherlands, North Macedonia and Azerbaijan will be present at the second semester on Thursday.
Joci Pápai won the right to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest by winning the Hungarian Song Contest A February 2019. He is the first Hungarian performer to get to Eurovision twice.
This year’s Dare to Dream slogan festival final will be held on Saturday, which will be broadcast live from 21:00 on Duna Television.