The national Slovenian final EMA has been a big arranged show with a magnificent stage and a big audience. This proofs that Slovenia could arrange the ESC very well. Out of eight entries of high quality the winner of the night was Omar Naber! He has been the Slovenian representative in Kiev 2005 with “Stop” and achieved a 12th place in the semi final. So Omar is the first of the 2017 candidates who has already been on the ESC stage in Kiev, so he has the best experiences. Now he is back with a bombastic ballad, which has a bit 90’s style though.
There have been several juries all over the country who favourized Omar Naber “On My Way”. The later on added televotes by the Slovenian public wanted BQL with “Heart Of Gold” to win. At the end it did not reach for BQL to overtake Omar.
It was great to see that Toni Cetinksi (Croatia 1994 “Nek ti bude ljubav sva” 16th place) gave a special performance of his ESC entry, which was well received by the audience, unfortunately it was only a short version of 1:30 minutes. After that Toni performed his new single “Laku Noc”. Jamala also had a great stage appearance, it was her first appearance in a national final so far since her victory 2016. ManuElla has been performing her new song “Salvation” – in the opening she has been singing her 2016 entry “Red and Blue” in a special version.
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