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Get to know Jacques Houdek from Croatia

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Jacques was born in the Croatian capital Zagreb and studied music in America as well as in France, Greece and Italy. The 35-year-old began singing professionally in 2002 and has tried to become Croatia’s Eurovision entry several times. He has released 13 albums in his home country and his biggest hit is ‘Stotinama Godina’. In 2011, he entered the British version of the X Factor and was put through to bootcamp by the then judges Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa.

But his work permit did not come in time to take part in bootcamp and he had to leave the contest. On his return to Croatia though, he landed a spot as a coach on the Croatian version of The Voice. And in his first series on the panel, he mentored his act Nina Kraljić, to victory.

Unlike most countries, Croatia did not hold a public vote to chose their act for Eurovision. Instead, the decision fell to the country’s national broadcaster HRT, who plumped for Jacques, who is also known as ‘Mr Voice.’ Immediately after he was picked, Jacques expressed his joy at being chosen to sing for Croatia. He said: “I am extremely happy and thank Croatian Radio and Television for the trust they have shown. Being a representative of Croatia at the Eurovision Song Contest is a big honour for me and I’m grateful for the opportunity”.

During the main competition in May, Jacques will be performing the song My Friend. Already the Croatian national brodcaster has launched a social media campaign called #beMyfriend to promote the song. (source: thesun.co.uk)

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