CROATIA – Despite his good result including his qualification to the final and the high amount of points received by the public in the final, Jacques Houdek, the 2017 Croatian representative sent a message through his social media thanking the fans for the support on his participation but also wondered why the juries in neighbour Balkan countries didn’t support him.
A week after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Grand Final, Croatian singer Jacques Houdek used social networks to thank his fans for their support on the Eurovision Song Contest, which culminated in the 13th place with 128 points, the best result of the country since 2006. “We could not have done anything without your support. All the energy we put on the stage came from your daily support … We hope we have honored you,” he said, praising the country’s delegation in Kiev. There was any friction or negative energy: our goal was clear and we were totally focused on it. ”
Jacques Houdek, however, said that success could have been greater if there had been support from jurors in the Balkan countries: “I saw the votes of these countries with bitterness … There was never any bitterness among the delegations and they all supported us when We were able to be the only country in the region in the Grand Final … Without any false modesty, we presented the best song in the contest and we were rewarded by the “experts.” The lack of support from the judges of our neighbors was shameful. Of them would have top 10 and maybe we could dream higher.I feel sorry … But on the other hand, most of these countries gave us the maximum score of the public, the only realistic indicator of success. “
Jacques is also battered with the lack of support from his own country saying that they were never received by the Croatian President despite approaching him for support and never congratulating them after the contest for the good result at least. The same bitterness is expressed for the Croatian Prime Minister and the Mayor of Zagreb. There was no financial support, he says and never a moral one. Only Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs were supporting them.