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post Nov 25 2016, 12:37 AM
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Croatia

Jacques Houdek - My Friend

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Biggest rumour coming out of Croatian media is that Nina Kraljic's The Voice coach Jacques Houdek - a 6 time Dora national finalist himself - is going to be internally selected:

https://escxtra.com/2016/11/15/croatia-star...e-heading-kyiv/

His most recent attempt ended up with him having to perform a version of "Lahor" which turned into "Celebrate" in Dusseldorf that year...

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post Jan 31 2017, 05:00 AM
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According to tabloid story.hr HRT has internally select Damir Kedzo & Zsa Zsa, and "a well-known UK lyricist (who'd done lyrics for previous Icelandic entries) is responsible for the English lyrics. An official announcement will be made next week."



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post Feb 14 2017, 02:20 AM
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Appropos of nothing, the music video of that song above has just been released.

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post Feb 17 2017, 02:20 PM
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Jacques is confirmed!
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post Feb 22 2017, 01:31 PM
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The entry will be presented on 2nd March.
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post Feb 28 2017, 11:04 PM
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So, I gotta admit this is a new one on me as promo tactics go but we now have an instrumental version of the Croatian song.



They say he's got a Pavarotti-esque style (which I'm assuming they're not just saying because he's fat but idk) and you can totally hear the operatic/symphonic style in that. I'm ~intrigued~ to hear what the final version of this sounds like.
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post Feb 28 2017, 11:17 PM
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Sounds CHIARATASTIC
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post Mar 2 2017, 01:28 PM
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And the full thing is out...



...I don't know if I love it or hate it.
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post Mar 2 2017, 01:38 PM
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What on earth? laugh.gif Well it certainly stands out, and impressive that he can sing that by himself and switch the singing styles constantly.
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It sounds like a duet! Nah, not for me this one.
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post Mar 2 2017, 01:55 PM
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I don't mind the bits in English, but the rest isn't really my sort of thing. Think I'll be going back to it a few times though just because of how 'interesting' it is laugh.gif
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Winner.

Or total mess on the stage, depends how they frame it, but either way this will be an incredible spectacle. I love it, Eurovision's confounded my expectations once again.
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post Mar 2 2017, 03:11 PM
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I'm another one who's fine with the English parts, and sounds like it could be quite a nice song as I love his "pop" voice. The opera parts completely ruin it, especially with the decision to make it a "duet" and do it every other line. Lends itself to memorable staging but aside from that it's not for me.
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I'm another one who's fine with the English parts, and sounds like it could be quite a nice song as I love his "pop" voice. The opera parts completely ruin it, especially with the decision to make it a "duet" and do it every other line. Lends itself to memorable staging but aside from that it's not for me.
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post Mar 2 2017, 03:15 PM
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I don't like this very much. In terms of eurovision on the night, I do think it could go one way or the other though because of the two different styles.

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It's not so jarring on a second listen, but I really do love the English parts and the instrumentation - the opera just brings it down for me.

I'd say this is a more likely qualifier than a non-qualifier though, I can really imagine it coming across live quite amazingly.
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post Mar 2 2017, 06:18 PM
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Is this a joke? Dreadful. I don't want to hear this again.
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I'm actually quite sad about this! Coz his pop voice is actually really nice and turns the song into a Disney-type song. Then he goes and ruins it with his operatic voice (which seems quite weak when comparing to other Operatic voices).

It's a bizarre one due to it being a one-man duet! laugh.gif
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post Mar 11 2017, 05:57 PM
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Official music (well, lyric) video:

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