Last year they qualified for the Eurovision final for the first time since 2009. Now Croatia wants to continue their lucky streak by sending Jacques Houdek — Nina Kraljic’s former coach on The Voice — to Kyiv. He’s got the experience and the voice to make an impact. But will he have the song? We’ll find out on 2 March — the date HRT has set for the big reveal of his Eurovision 2017 number “My Friend”.
After last Friday’s announcement that Jacques will represent the Balkan nation this year, Croatia’s Head of Deligation Zeljko Mesar is feeding us with more information.
During HRT’s morning show Studio 4 he revealed that Jacques has been preparing his big moment for eight months already. That’s what we call ambition! That means he’s been working since June — just a few weeks after Nina returned home from Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm.
But that’s not all. Mesar says that Jacques will have company on stage. He’ll likely be supported by three backing vocalists, a cellist and a violinist.
Perhaps most important: Mesar revealed that “My Friend” is a bilingual song. We don’t yet know the specific languages included. But, given that Jacques’ song title is in English, and given that it will have Pavarotti-influences, we’re assuming English and Italian. Another conspicuous clue is that one of the songwriters is Italian Fabrizio Laucella.
Jacques’ song will be presented on the Croatian National Radio station at 14:00 CET on March 2. In the meantime you can listen to his most recent song Kad nekoga volis.
Jacques has already given strong hints about the content and theme of his song, launching a campaign that encourages friendship and openness.
Last week he asked his fans and followers to upload pictures of themselves and their friends using the hashtag #beMyfriend.
“Remember your friends, make them happy by dedicating a photo to them, show them how important they are to you, make new friends,” he wrote on Facebook. “Let this song and the #beMyfriend campaign be a celebration of friendship, the joy of living and a priceless wealth of love, trust and mutual respect.”
Since then a lot of folks — fans and stars included — have uploaded their pictures, which you can view on the singer’s official Facebook page. Among the supporters is Eurovision 2007 winner Marija Serifovic.
Houdek isn’t a stranger for Eurovision fans. He has tried to represent Croatia several times, but never made it to the show. However, he came very close to victory six years ago when he lost out to Daria Kinzer at Dora 2011.
We can probably expect a totally different presentation compared to his previous attempts. Broadcaster HRT has already revealed that his song will mix different styles and even his outfit is set to stand out by combining multiple looks in one. Sounds promising!
We can’t wait to hear his song for Kyiv. What do you expect from Jacques? Do you think it’s a good idea to mix up languages? Let us know in the comments below!