Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Hungary.
Singer: Joci Pápai
Song: Az én apám
Personal Score: 25 out of 41
My Prediction: Q
The first time I heard this I thought that maybe I was just biased against whistling but one of my favorites from Switzerland had a whistling chorus in it so it’s not quite that. This is a pretty meaty song and it has the same folksy but modern quality that brought Joci to 8th place last time he was at Eurovision. I think of the two songs this one is MUCH weaker. Both song share a lot in common including large wordless portions of the song filled by “instrumental” and I still don’t love that. The whistle hook in this song you may have guessed, sounds very commercial and because of that it does not work for me but I do like the verses quite a bit. The staging was a little muddled at A Dal so maybe they can clarify it a little – though again, I found his staging in 2017 to also be too busy for my taste. I think sticking to his guns isn’t a terrible idea and its likely to lead to a second qualification.