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.
The Maltese national final has brought Claudia Faniello to fame. She is going to represent Malta in Kiev with the song “Breathlessly”. There has only been one show this year in Malta. Claudia Faniello has been one of 16 contestants.
The surprise of the night for Hungary is perfect. The Roma Joci Pápai could convince the Hungarian televoters as well as the jury with the gipsy song “Origo”. Hungary has mainly send very contemporary song to the ESC, this time the Hungarian entry is showing a totally different kind of music . It’s a traditional gipsy song with a very modern interpretation and a catchy rhythm.
There has been a quite high standard in the Polish national final, which was broadcasted from the headquarter studios of TVP in Warsaw. Out of ten contestants the most striking entry was “Flashlight” sung by Kasia Mós. All of the songs were quite modern and radiofriendly. Such an up-to-date mix of music have seldomly been seen in the Polish final for Eurovision. All songs have been arranged in a contemporary way and could have been proud representatives in Kiev.
Another great weekend is coming with three national finals: Hungary (19.30), Malta and Poland. Furthermore there will be various Semi Finals such as Sweden (3rd heat from Växjö 20.00 CET), Ukraine, Estonia (Semi Final 2 20:35 CET), Lithuania (7th heat 20:00 CET), Slovenia (Semi Final 2 at 20:00 CET). On Sunday Portugal will kick off with the first Semi Final and Latvia is going to have the Semi Final in the Supernova show.
The Croatian representative for this year will be Jacques Houdek. He is no stranger in the Croatian music industry and has already made several attempts to get the ticket for Eurovision. Now the Croatian broadcaster HRT has determined him directly for Kiev. Soon the song will be unveiled as well.
The national final “A Rising Star” has been a glorious moment for the Israeli singer Imri Ziv. He could convince the majority of the Israeli televoters and the jury. At the end Imri could beat his three competitors clearly. Imri is no stranger to the ESC as he has been in the background choir of Nadav Guedj with “Golden Boy” 9th place in Vienna 2015. Unfortunately, the song has not been chosen yet. Let’s wait and hope that Imri is going to receive a suitable song for Kiev.
The popular TV show EMA to determine the entry for the ESC in Slovenia is going to start this weekend. There will be two Semi Finals one is on February 17, the other one on February 18 the other. The final show will be broadcasted the week after on February 24. Omar Naber is also going to fight for a ticket to Kiev. He has been performing in Kiev already in 2005 with “Stop” and made the 12th place in the Semi Final. In each Semi Final there will be four qualifiers and there will be eight finalist in the final show.