Friday, February 17, 2017

Croatia - My friend - Jacques Houdek

Digital release image
13 - 128 pts /8 - 141 pts in semi 2
HRT, the Croatian broadcaster, decided to send Jacques Houdek to the 2017 contest.
The song My Friend, written by Jacques Houdek, Tony Roberth Malm, Siniša Reljić, Arjana Kunštek, Fabrizio Laucella and Ines Prajo can be heard here on Houdeks Youtube.
In an interesting move, the song was published first in its instrumental version. Listen here at Houdeks new Youtube channel.

My Friend may sound like a duet, but it's Houdek singing both the pop and classical voices. Not an easy feat to pull off live.

My Friend is released as a digital single, the instrumental and karaoke versions are also available.
A remix and acoustic version are shared on Jacques Houdek's Youtube channel

A USB stick was used for promotion in Kyiv. It includes audio's of all (4) versions (at 192 kb only), video's of all versions, photos, lyrics and bios.
A 1-track radio promo cds has been sighted at auction sites but it is a highly questionable item that's not worth spending any money on. (a.k.a. a probable fake)

My Friend - original in English and Italian
- Kyiv 2CD
My Friend - Instrumental
My Friend - Karaoke
- all digital releases
The instrumental has the vocal parts performed by a violin, the karaoke is an instrumental without any vocals.
My Friend - Remix
- youtube clip, USB
My Friend - Acoustic
- youtube clip

DORA veteran
Jacques Houdek (born Željko Houdek) participated on many occasions in the Croatian selection (DORA):
2002 Carolija (Magic,12th)
2003 Na krilima ljubavi (On the wings of love, 5th)
2004 Nema razloga (No reason, 4th)
2005 Nepobjediva (Invincible, 4th)
2006 Umrijeti s osmjehom (To die with a smile, 15th)
2011 Two singers with each the same three songs: Još ima nas (We still have us), Stotinama godina (For hundreds of years) and Lahor (Breeze) were performed by Houdek and by Daria Kinzer. In the end Lahor was the winning song and Daria’s the winning performance. Lahor became Celebrate and stranded in the first semi-final in Düsseldorf.

Links and sources
Thanks to Nigel!
Jacques Houdek: Website,  Facebook
Croatia's recent entries are here: 20162013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009
Croatia's Lighthouse made it to the final last year, will they do even better this year?

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