OMAR NABER represented SLOVENIA twice at the Eurovision song contest. Both times he was in Kyiv. Continue reading SPUSTI ME – OMAR NABER
Originally planned to do this series over a month or two, but it takes a lot of time. INFE Australia, INFE Ireland and INFE South Africa teamed up to pick their favourite Eurovision entry involving a MALE SINGER from each country that have participated in the Eurovision song contest.
We have been alerted to this cover that has just been published today. It is OMAR NABER of Slovenia, who represented his country twice at the Eurovision song contest, 2005 and 2017 (both times in Kyiv). He covers the song MAMMA MIA which was originally a hot for RICCHI & POVERI FROM Italy. They represented their country at the 1978 Eurovision song contest.
Otto Pestner, Uroš Perić and Omar Naber will take you to the golden age of the city of lights and casinos. In the excellent interpretation of three charming Slovenian musicians, you will hear the famous melodies of the immortal musical legends of Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and others. This evening will be very special because the concert is dedicated to Elvis, who is celebrating his birthday on January 8th. Celebrate with us!
Omar Naber will represent Slovenia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev with his song On My Way. The official video for the song has just been released. It is shot in black and white and quite atmospheric.
Omar also represented Slovenia, ironically in Kiev also, at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with Stop.
Slovenia will participate in the first semi-final on 9 May.
You can see the video for On My Way below.
Source: ESC Covers
ESC Covers has asked Chris Hockman, a journalist from the USA and big Eurovision fan to look for at the artists returning to Eurovision this year.
Here is the first one – SLOVENIA
Omar Naber is returning after 12 years and to the same city as well. Naber competed for Slovenia in 2005 with his song STOP, failing to make it out of the semi-finals.
Naber’s song adds to the plethora of ballads in Eurovision 2017, and he does have an impressive voice with his powerful performance, with just a hint of a dance beat in the chorus. In his national final performance he had the verses shot in black and white, indicating a desire for a more artful performance which could translate well in Kiev, depending on how much RTVSLO wants to put in to it.
For Naber his return to Eurovision comes after attempting four different times unsuccessfully since 2005. That included an attempt last year to go through Switzerland but he failed to get through to the televised rounds.
Obviously Naber was a lot younger in 2005, at just 23 years old and he has clearly matured in the intervening years. His voice in 2005 showed signs of power, but he just didn’t have the range to pull that off, but now in 2017 he has clearly grown in to his voice.
In 2005 his song was in Slovene, which may have hurt his chances, and this time he is coming in with a fully English song which will boost his chances. Naber will close out the first semi-final, and going later will be better than going first but last can mean that fatigue hits the viewers voting. That said going with dance elements instead of rock elements to break up the ballad nature of the song will make it more popular than Stop in 2005. It’s a strong enough song to potentially make the semi-final but it could well be close, in a tough semi-final.
The grand final of the 2017 EMA national selection took place and Omar Naber has taken the crown and will represent Slovenia for the second time at the Eurovision Song Contest with his charming ballad On My Way.
Eight acts competed –
- Sell Out – Ni panike
- Nuška Drašček – Flower In The Snow
- Tim Kores – Open Fire
- Nika Zorjan – Fse
- KiNG FOO – Wild Ride
- Omar Naber – On My Way
- BQL – Heart Of Gold
- Raiven – Zažarim
Voting was a combination of televoting and jury. In second place was the boy duo BQL, who took the top marks with the televoting. Omar ironically represented Slovenia also in Kiev in 2005 with Stop.
The interval acts were last year’s Slovenian participant, ManuElla, Toni Cetinski (who represented Croatia at the 1994 Eurovision) and last year’s winning ESC act, Jamala, from Ukraine.
You can see Omar perform his winning song below.
Source: ESC Covers