The lyrics for "My Friend" is in mixed English/Italian language, where Jacques' light voice sings the English lyrics, and his darker, opera-like voice sings the Italian lyrics. It is not a duet. Jacques sings it all:
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
Lyrics Eurovision 2017 Croatia: Jacques Houdek - "My Friend"
Jacques Houdek (35) is from Zagreb, Croatia, with parents from Slavonia. He went to music school in Croatia, and attended Berklee College Of Music in Boston. He has taken classes in France, Greece and Italy to improve his vocal abilities.
Jacques has several times tried to be the Croatian representative at Eurovision Song Contest, but haven't had the luck before this year. He is currently a mentor on The Voice of Croatia. In 2015 he mentored Nina Kraljić (Croatia 2016) in The Voice.
His professional career began in 2000, and since then he has held thousands of concerts in Croatia. His discography contains twelve albums.
In 2004 he won a Porin (Croatian music award) for best new artist of the year, and won the festival "MC 2004". In 2005 he won the BH Radio Festival for the best Croatian performer.In 2008 he received another Porin for best male performance. Another Porin in 2009 for best album for children (the album "Idemo u zoo"). And in 2012 he won his fourth Porin for best male performance.
The Serbian singer and Eurovision 2007 winner Marija Šerifović supports Jacques Houdek's message: #beMyfriend
Since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004 Croatia qualified for the Grand Final 6 out of 11 times. They withdrew from Eurovision 2014 and 2015 due to financial limitations and poor results at the contest.