Kyiv 2017

HRT selects Jacques Houdek to represent Croatia in Kyiv

After many months of rumours, it has been revealed that Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 35-year-old was internally selected by Croatian national broadcaster HRT.

Jacques is no stranger to Eurovision. He entered Dora, Croatia’s old national selection format, on several occasions. Most recently he participated in Dora 2011 losing out to Daria Kinzer in the final. In addition, Jacques has recently been a coach on The Voice Croatia. During his time on the show, he coached Nina Kraljić who went on to win the show. Of course, Nina herself represented Croatia in Stockholm last year.

“The biggest challenge of my career”

In a statement from HRT’s press release, Jacques said the following:

“I am extremely happy! I thank Croatian Radio and Television for the trust shown in me. Being a representative of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest is a great honour for me. I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent my country’s music at the “music Olympics” which will be shown for the 62nd time all over Europe, and the world.”

“From today all my artistic capacity focuses on this valuable and comprehensive project. It is the biggest challenge of my career. It is also a responsibility to the public. We sincerely hope to create a positive atmosphere and I believe that this will contribute to the definitive success of Croatia! I promise to give everything of myself. My talent, experience, knowledge and love will be invested in a song that will present us in the best way in front of hundreds of millions of viewers who follow and support the greatest television show!”

More details in the coming days

HRT’s head of Eurovision, Željko Mesar, says that further details will be revealed in the coming days. This will include details regarding the song, the songwriting team and the stage performance. Furthermore, he says that he is “confident” that the entry will gain interest from fans as a result of the song’s interesting and complex nature.

Finally, watch Jacques perform with Nina Kraljić on The Voice of Croatia below!

Are you pleased with the selection of Jacques Houdek? In addition, what type of song do you expect him to send to Kyiv? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, engage with us via our social media pages @escXtra!

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Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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