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Jogi: "no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love"

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 13, 2017 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Joci is the first gypsy singing for Hungary and he is the one bringing back ethnic music to Eurovision this year.

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Joci and get some background about his participation.

Read now what Joci thinks about his participation this year.


1. Joci, how would your best friend introduce you?

He can always trust me, and depend on me. I never judge their lives, choices, however, if asked, can advise one thing or another. Also, I can be a real joker once a party gets going.


2. What was the background of your decision to participate at the Hungarian national final this year?

Once this song, Origo came to me, I knew that I must share it with a broader audience. I think its words together with the tune can touch a great mass. Europeans, Romanis, and, actually people from around the world.


3. What is the story behind your song?

Just read the english lyrics and feel free to understand and get the ‘feeling’.

Verse 1: Time for you to close your eyes To see me clear without disguise For you to have my heart in all You have to get to know my soul If you don’t need me let me go I was meant to be a John Doe Suffering’s a thing I know But the Lord is mindful of his own Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Verse 2: Why didn’t you let me know My skin’s color will stop the show My eyes are brown, you knew it well They’ll never change as I can tell You fill me up right to the brim But we’re overflown so leave me be Go away and shut the door You’ll be damned forevermore

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom

Rap: At the age of 4 God talked to me And armed well to set me free With this weapon I couldn’t stop to exercise It grew to be my part like the sword for the Samurai I can trust it, he’s a friend I know Will show me the truth and a way to follow It’s covenant that stays with me forever It can’t be forsaken now or never The child’s blessed with mysterious powers They are all afraid, I can tell, the doubters My strings attack and the bodies cry There’s no defence, it’s like venom and it’s set to fire That’s spreading ‘round and through the masses You hear the tunes, you know I got this! A million scars and endless road near and far Tears of thousands streaming down my guitar

Chorus: Jálomá lommá, jálomá lommá Jálomá lommá lomalom Jálomá lommá, jálomá nédinná Jálomá lommá, lomálom


4. You said that you know that your song was powerful. Why is it so and what’s the message of Origo?

For me this song is like the achievement of a lifetime, it represents my whole life. I wrote both the music and the lyrics and I’ve managed to write it just as I wanted to. Pain, knocking around, being offended, coming together and the love of music – these are significant things in my life and are all included in this song. I know that this is a bit of a cliché but the message of the song is hope. We shall never give up and we have to fight for our dreams and desires. I’m the living example why you should never give up: my dream has come true.


5. You are one of the less countries this year singing in their own language and having an ethnic touch. Why did you decide to do so?

Because I am extremely proud of my mother tongue and its melody. Should we have translated it in English, something would have been lost. Not the real thing, plainly.


6. What have your musical career looked like so far?

Topsy and turvy, full of ups and downs. Not to be compared to the success I am experiencing nowadays.


7. What is your objective for eurovision?

The highest possible spot. But – more importantly – to transmit the meaning of my song: the pain, challenge and hope attached to it, which most people experience or have experienced in their lives one way or the other. On the other hand, I am not particularly attached to a certain outcome. The exposure this contest brings me is already the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. Instead of stressing myself out focusing on an end goal I try to put on the daily work, constantly working on being a better singer, a better artist and find more and more effective ways to get my message through. Right to the hearts of the people in my audience.


8. Did you manage to watch your performance in the final of A Dal 2017?

Yeah, I’ve watched my performance twice already, once during the show, right before the grand finale and I’ve also seen the part when I burst into tears during singing my song, Origo for the last time. I don’t think that my victory has sunk in: my heart knows it already, but I still need to grasp it with my mind. It was an electrifying evening, indeed. You get hungry if you make it to the final four and you start to believe that you can actually win. I believed in my song from the start, I knew that it was very powerful and that it can make it to the top. But I never would have thought that I could win – I simply couldn’t allow the thought to cross my mind as I was so


9. Can you make a living as a singer in Hungary?

Honestly, for me being a singer was the only choice as that’s the only thing I know how to do! That’s my path and I can’t sacrifice my only and my biggest treasure. And you can see this in my song, Origo. It’s as if I were not the author but merely an agent in this whole thing. Maybe the words were given to me by God and He helped with the melodies. He was with me during the whole of A Dal, in the prayers before I entered the stage. There’s an indescribable connection between us. And I’ll need him more than ever in Kyiv.


10. Europe is in a very special decade. What is your message to our readers and to europe? What should do europe in the „Ori?

My message is this: no matter what nationality or minority you belong to, the main answer is love which our parents must plant in our hearts. This is what matters, and protects us should we sometimes stray from the beaten path. Faith, basically. In love and each other.


We wish Joci the best of luck and hope that his message works at the eurovision.


Pedro de Almeida



Five things you need to know about Freddie

Posted by eurovision on top on April 2, 2016 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Freddie was the winner of A Dal 2016 and won the ticket to represent Hungary at Eurovision. Did you know that about Freddie?


 

1. Pioneer was number 1 in the Hungarian charts


2. His real name is Gábor Alfréd Fehérvári


3. He placed fourth in the first season of the Hungarian version of Rising Star


4. He studied at a commercial college before his music career, and worked as an assistant in Gyor.


5. His first single was "Mary Joe"

 

 


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Boggie on European Tour

Posted by eurovision on top on July 8, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Boggie, the artist responsible for putting Hungary in the Eurovision final for the 5th time in a row, is about to embark on her first European tour.

 

If in the Summer Boggie will be between Hungary and Slovakia, in October Boggie will perform in Spain and France. More dates are expected soon.

https://www.facebook.com/BoggieOfficial/events?ref=page_internal


We recall you that "Wars for nothing" was not the first international experience for Boggie.

In 2014, the video "Nouveau Parfum" broke records on Youtube being viewed by more than 40 million people worldwide. "Nouveau Parfum" is taken from her self-titled album, 2013, #4 in #3 on Billboard jazz and #17 on Billboard world music.


"Wars for nothing", the Eurovision entry, is taken from the sophomore album "All is One is All" (#5 in Hungary).

Recall Boggie at the ESC 2015 grand final

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Here is the worldwide hit by Boggie, "Nouveau Parfum"

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Seize the ride and read or re-read our interview with Boggie including a video greetings back in April 2015

http://www.eurovisionontop.com/apps/blog/show/43246151-boggie-i-would-be-happy-if-my-performance-could-be-my-best-

 

 

Boggie: I would be happy If my performance could be my best.

Posted by Pedro.Eurovisionontop on April 25, 2015 at 7:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Eurovision Song Contest seem to follow some own rules and to have a kind of must's which return every year even nobody is managing it. There has always to be a freak, there is alwaysa blond girl, a love song and a song dedicated to peace in the world. This year this song comes from Hungary. The country which in the last two years brought themselves again back to the top rankings, so that the first experts are expecting them to win in the near future. But if this kind of song will have a chance to bring for the first time the victory to Budapest, its a question. The end of the 80's and early 90's were the strong decades of peace songs at Eurovision, being crowned with the victory of Toto Cutugno in 1990 with Insieme. Never forgetting Aleluia from Israel in the 70's.

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Very often the contest is seen as a show contests where no political statements aren't welcome or where no worries are welcome either. But the contest follows his own rules and the audiences at home use to vote spontaneous and very often with their hearts.


Boggie will represent Hungary and sing "Wars for nothing" in Vienna. And the only thing she will fight for will be the attention of the whole world for 3 minutes for her message and fore sure she will fight for each point.

 

Eurovision on top had the chance to speak to Boggie to get a better understanding about the targets and the message of the song and the idea behind.


1. Boggie would you like to introduce yourself to our readers? Who is Boggie?

 

I'm a Hungarian singer-songwriter. I have studied music since I was a child, I have tried myself out in several musical genres. I formed my band in 2009 since then I continuously give concerts in Hungary and abroad as well. Boggie is my stage name it comes from Boglárka and you can not find a similar name in any other language. I lived in Paris for 1 year as a babysitter. French music and culture inspired me a lot. My music is a great mixture of everything that I studied: pop, jazz, French chanson, country, folk, classical music... What I do is something that I call high-quality pop. I think it's really important to start to compose your songs because it defines your character and it helps you to find your own voice. In time you'll see that it was worth it. 

I released my first album in 2013. It includes my worldwide hit Parfüm/Nouveau Parfum 

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This album reached third place at the Billboard.

My second album "All Is One Is All" has just come out at the end of October 2014 which includes "Wars for Nothing". I'm a happy wife and I have a cat and a lovely dog. I live in the downtown of Budapest.


2. What do you like to do beside singing? 

I like being around with my family and my friends. I like reading, learning foreign languages.


3. What was your first reaction after winning the DAL?

Emotionally I was so touched and I feel so blessed. I covered my face with my hands and I tried to not cry.


4. The title of your song seem to have a deeper meaning. What is the story of the origin of that song?

My song is a hymnic ballad which was created by three composers: Áron Sebestyén, Sára Helene Bori and myself. "Wars for Nothing" is a song from my second album "All is One is All" which was released on October 24, 2014. We have different background stories. I, personally, can be easily touched by any human's suffering and nowadays we have more and more of it near and far. All three of us would've liked to raise people's attention to this issue. I truly believe that through music we can make the world a better place.


5. The last time that a kind of peace song won the Eurovision Song Contest was in 1990 with Toto Cutugno. Do you think Europe is ready for a new peace song victory?

I think this message is really current in 2015 as well and I'm so happy that I have the opportunity to sing this song for Europe. Why not my song?:-)

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6. What would you say to people who criticize the Hungarian entry as a boring peace song?

My song is really modest and minimal, that's how the message could be clearly communicated. I really like this minimalism in my song. I know that nowadays it's not the most popular way to express feelings because we are used to having more spectacles and bigger orchestration in a song. But a lot of people like this simplicity and can easily connect with "Wars for Nothing" and I feel so blessed to sing it in May.


7. Why do you think would your song have the potential to be the first Hungarian winning song ever?

I believe in the power of my song and I think every country has got the same potential as me to win. Simplicity, sincerity, credibility, purity: these are the most important qualities of my performance, that's why I could win the Hungarian competition. I truly believe in these values.



8. Why did you decided to participate at the DAL to get the chance of an eurovision ticket?

As a singer-songwriter I would love to reach more people with my music. This is the perfect stage to pass my message to a huge audience. I have known that I am able to help people by my music since my hit "Parfüm/Nouveau Parfum" and I feel the same about "Wars for Nothing". Music is more powerful than some people might think.


9. Did you have a special link to the Eurovision Song Contest in the past?

I really like a French singer from the 60s: France Gall: Poupée de cire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5aeeSmkPwQ


10. What is your target for Vienna?

My main target is to be professionally and emotionally satisfied with myself. I would be happy If my performance could be my best.


11. Do you have already plans afterwards Eurovision

Of course:-) I've just released my second album "All Is One Is All" which includes "Wars for Nothing“. I continuously give concert as part of an album release tour in my whole country with my band. In autumn I'll also have a little European tour and I got a re-invitation from the US this year so I'll probably go back to the US this summer.


12. What do you think were the reason that the Hungarian‘s voted for your song?

I think people are fed up with fake-shows, meaningless and superficial performances and they really appreciate If they could have something pure and simple. That's why I got the majority of votes.


13. What is your all time favorite of all Hungarian entries at Eurovision?

I really love "Kinek mondjam el vétkeimet" by Friderika from 1994 and "Unsubstantial Blues" by Rúzsa Magdi from 2007.

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Honestly, simple and clear: Thank you Boggie for this interview! Wish you all the best! We hope that the world stops to listen your 3 minutes and listen carefully to what you have to say.


Pedro de Almeida

Big Success for Magdi Ruzsa

Posted by eurovision on top on March 21, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Magdolna Ruzsa participated in Eurovision in 2007 as Magdi Ruzsa. The success in Eurovision with Unsubstantial Blues was immediate as she reached the 2nd place in the semifinal and the 9th in the final. It was the second best place so far for Hungary at that time.


But the success for the Serbian born singer is still growing since 2006 when she won the talent show Megasztár. Magdi as we know her, has 7 albums, 3 of them peaked the number 1 in Hungary, 5 are platinum albums and 2 achieved the gold mark.


Her latest album is now number 5 in hungary and is already Gold disk with more than 2000 CDS sell. Tizenegy her previous album is also back in the charts at the number 15 after being double platinum in 2012.

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