Eurovision 2017 – Croatia
The Croatia song is called “My Friend” and performed by Jacques Houdek.
Jacques Houdek is one of the biggest pop stars in Croatia and a multi-award winning artist.
Jacques Houdek was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1981. He is the leading singer of the younger generation of Croatian vocalists and began his career in 2000. For the last 16 years, his original performances of different musical genres have been captivating audiences of all ages. His hits include songs such as Stotinama Godina, Zauvijek Tvoj and Srećom Imam Tebe.
Jacques’ rich discography boasts 13 albums which have been certified silver (5 times), gold, platinum and diamond. He is also a mentor on The Voice of Croatia and has performed thousands of concerts over the years.
His flawless singing, bold performances and originality have separated Jacques from the usual pop stereotypes and raised the bar for other performers. He’s especially loved for his humanitarian work.
My friend is an anthem, a hymn that celebrates life as a miracle, a song that encourages us to live every day to the fullest and be who we need to be in life. It is a song that reminds us to respect each other and our differences. Let’s just be friends – regardless of our race, nationality, age, religion, sexual orientation, social status or background. My Friend is a pop-operatic crossover duet sung by one vocalist, two songs in one. Two voices, two languages, two characters – two completely different personalities in one person co-existing and collaborating, creating beautiful music and celebrating their diversity.
I totally love the message behind this song but I’m yet to be convinced about the execution of it. It will be really interesting to see the live version of this!
People will love it or hate it and it’s something that I don’t think has ever been done before so I think it will qualify but I can’t see it troubling the left hand side of the leader board.
‘There’s a miracle my friend
And it happens every day.
Hold out your hand,
Don’t let it slip away!
Io so che esiste,
Guarda meglio su,
Ritorna ogni giorno,
Promettendo sempre più.
After the rain,
Nasce il sole!
I pray you’ll see the light and find your way.
La forza del destino che è in te.
Do your best, take a chance!
Dare to dream and make it real!
Segui la verità
Via della libertà!
Don’t let go,
Let it flow!
Credi nel miracolo!
For the miracle
That I’m talking of
Is the life that we’re given.
La vita vincerà!’