With just over a week to go until the first rehearsals for Eurovision 2017, Jacques Houdek has travelled to Slovenia on his promotional tour.
This years Croatian entrant has today traveled to neighboring Slovenia to promote himself and his song “My Friend” as the contest draws ever closer. This evening Jacques has been performing with the RTVSLO BigBand in Ljubljana. Jacque’s trip to Slovenia is the first international promotion that the singer has done ahead of the contest next month. The only artists who have not traveled outside of their home country to do promotion are:
- Australia – Isaiah – Don’t Come Easy
- Greece – Demy – This is Love
- Iceland – Svala – Paper
- The Netherlands – O’G3NE – Light and Shadows
Of note is that Croatia are performing in the second semi final of this years contest, while Slovenia is performing in the first semi final. No further details have been announced as to where else Jacques will be visting ahead of the contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
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.
Source: Jacques Houdek
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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 Croatia returned to the contest in 2016 having withdrawn after the 2013 contest due to a string of poor results and financial difficulties.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.