Semi Final 2
Artist: Jacques Houdek (Željko Houdek)
Song: My Friend
Word of the day
Govno - Shit
Same shit, different year.
Croatia’s Homophobe of the Year for 2006 and nominee for Homophobe of the decade, Željko Houdek is a former Hairdressing student turned Gospel singer. Houdek has redacted his previous comments, and Eurovision 2015 showed historic homophobic comments are not an impedance to winning the contest, however this song is.
My Friend was co-written Tony Malm, who has worked with Eric Saade who represented Sweden at Eurovision in 2011, finishing 3rd. Houdek also has another connection to Eurovision after being the winning mentor on The Voice in 2015 for last year’s Eurovision representative for Croatia, Nina Kraljić. That song was not very good finishing 23rd in the final, though Nina did have a win… the Barbara Dex Award
Croatia is not known for great Eurovision entries and their entries rarely make the grand final. The songs have been so bad that Croatia did not participate in Eurovision in 2014 and 2015 and no one really noticed… Except Slovenia who were relying on Croatia for votes.
Croatia’s best result in Eurovision was 4th, a high they achieved twice, 1996 and 1999. In 1999 this high was only achieved through cheating, and no the duct tape used to hold up the skirt on the outfit was not cheating. All vocals must be performed live and the male vocals in this song were actually the on prerecorded backing track. The first hint that there may be prerecorded vocals was probably the audible male vocals and the distinct lack of men on stage.