At last! Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at Eurovision 2017

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He’s long had his eye on Eurovision and now Jacques Houdek‘s dream has come true. Croatian broadcaster HRT has confirmed that Houdek will represent Croatia at Eurovision 2017.

He is a veteran of Croatia’s national final, having previously competed in Dora six times, and usually co-writing his entry.

Late last year Houdek was rumoured to be under consideration to represent Croatia at Eurovision 2017, and now it’s lucky number seven for The Voice of Croatia coach.

Croatian media are reporting that Jacques’ song for Kyiv may be released next week, and is likely to be a self-written composition.

Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Jacques shared his excitement at being selected:

I am happy, over the moon! Honored, humbled at the same time, and most of all thankful to the Croatian National Television for this once in a lifetime chance. All I can say at this point is – I will give Eurosong all I’ve got, my absolute and very best!

It has been a dream of mine since I was a kid, I am so proud to be representing my homeland Croatia, finally! Okay? Let’s doooooo thiiiiiiiis 😉 Love, hugs and kisses, see you in Kiev <3

Jacques

Jacques Houdek’s long road to Eurovision

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Jacques with Daria Kinzer at Dora 2011

In 2002 Jacques debuted in the Croatian national final Dora with the song “Carolija” (“Magic”), which placed 13th. That performance launched his career and he became a familiar face on Dora in the 2000s.

He returned the following year with “Na krilima ljubavi” (“On the wings of love”) which managed fifth place. In 2004 he had “Nema razloga” (“No reason”), which earned him his best yet result in fourth place, then in 2005 he sang “Nepobjediva”, and while the song title means “Unbeatable”, it only placed fourth. In 2006 Jacques performed “Umrijeti s osmjehom” (“To die with a smile”) and only managed 15th place, his worst result.

Jacques took a few years off, before returning for the revamped national final, Dora 2011 – Let’s go to Eurovision! He survived seven weeks of X Factor-style eliminations, before ending up in the grand final where both he and Daria Kinzer performed the winning song “Lahor”. In the end, it was Daria who won the superfinal televote and took the English-language version “Celebrate” to in Düsseldorf.

2011 marked the last time Croatia has used Dora, instead switching to internal selection for future contests. Jacques kept himself busy with his music career, and in 2015 he became one of the judges of The Voice of Croatia.

And it just happened that one of the singers on his team, Nina Kraljic, won the first series and went on to represent Croatia in Stockholm. Here’s an extremely Eurovision moment: Nina and Jacques duetting on “Euphoria”:

What do you think? Is Jacques Houdek a good choice for Croatia? Share your thoughts below!

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