HRT has revealed today that Jacques Houdek will be singing the song “My Friend” at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
35-year old Jacques will be singing “My Friend” at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. He was born in Zagreb, and has been singing professionally since 2002. Since then he has won countless awards in Croatia for his music, and is currently serving as a mentor on the Voice. During the first season of the show he mentored Nina Kraljić, who went on to represent Croatia in last year’s contest in Stockholm. Jacques himself has tried to represent Croatia several times in the past, the most recent attempt being in 2011 when he finished in 2nd place to Daria Kinzer in Croatia’s national final.
In a statement following the announcement of his participation on Friday, Jacques spoke about his happiness at finally being able to represent his country at Eurovision:
I am extremely happy and thank the Croatian Radio and Television at the trust shown in us. Representing Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest for me is a great honor and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent this country’s music at the ‘music Olympics’, which will be the 62nd edition for all of Europe and the world to follow. From today all our artistic capacity focuses on this valuable and comprehensive project… (it will be) the biggest challenge (of his career), but also a responsibility to the public and the people. We sincerely hope and support a positive atmosphere and I believe that this will contribute to the definitive success of Croatia!
Željko Mesar, HRT’s Head of Delegation stated that a number of hints about the song and other details of the performance will be revealed over the coming weeks via the HRT website.
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Croatia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993, they were one of three countries to debut in the contest that year. Croatia’s best result came in 1999 when Doris Dragovic finished 4th in Jerusalem. She performed the song “Marija Magdalena” which scored a total of 118 points, this included 12 points from Slovenia and Spain. Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties. Nina Kraljic finished 23rd in the final, the highest points she received came in the form of 10 points from the Macedonian televote.