Croatia: Jacques Houdek reveals “My Friend” for Eurovision 2017

He previously revealed a snippet of his Eurovision 2017 song, published an instrumental version and launched a social media campaign building on the song’s themes.

And today Croatian singer Jacques Houdek finally revealed the full audio of his song “My Friend” — a daring, unique and potentially divisive entry that will no doubt make people sit up and listen.

This song doesn’t fit neatly into any box, as it melds and mixes elements from many genres and styles. In many ways it’s a song of twos: two languages (English and Italian), two styles (torch song and operatic ballad) and two halves (a dreamy and atmospheric first half which leads to a forceful second half).

Unlike any other song we’ve heard thus far, “My Friend” sounds like a duet between a talented motivational singer and an opera star — except Jacques provides both voices, switching quickly between styles in what is surely a difficult vocal feat.

Thematically the song is all about seizing the day and making the most out of your life right now. “There are only two ways to live your life,” he intones in the opening. “One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything’s a miracle.”

Read the English and Italian lyrics (with translation).

“My Friend” (Reaction video)


Many diehard Eurovision fans will recognise Jacques from back in the day, when he competed in the old Croatian national selection for Eurovision “Dora” six times! His debut in the competition was back in 2002 with his song “Carolija”, which placed thirteenth at the time. But the silver lining was that it launched his long and enduring career in Croatia.

Since then he has signed to Croatia Records and produced thirteen albums. And now he sits pretty in the big red chair on The Voice of Croatia, where he led Croatia’s artist for Eurovision 2016 Nina Kraljic to victory. It’s a small world!

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