This year the Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO has held a national final called EMA like in previous years. The show was arranged in a very glamourous way in a big arena. In the final, the Slovenian singer Omar Naber, who has already represented Slovenia exactly 12 years ago in Kiev with “Stop” could with a tight majority. Unfortunately, Omar did not reach the Grand Final that year, but now he is having his second chance with the song “On My Way”.
Omar Naber, whose original name is Omar Kareem was born in Ljubljana in 1981. Interesting to know that his father comes from Jordan. Omar studied dental technics but also learned to play the piano and guitar. With his band Kareem and in solo appearance has been touring around in clubs and visited 27 countries and gave more than 900 gigs. Omar is commuting between Ljubljana and London to widen his popularity. Nevertheless Omar tried to represent Slovenia several times, but failed in the EMA: 2009 with “I Still Carry On”, 2011 with “Bistvo skrito je očem” and 2014 with “I Won’t Give Up”. Furthermore he tried to enter the Swiss national final with “Take Me Far”.
With this year’s entry “On My Way” Omar is confident to improve the result from Kiev 2005. He has kept the song 12 years in a cache to unveil it in the right moment, this special moment seems to be now. The song is a smooth almost melancholic power ballad with a great heightening. The stage appearance of Omar is always solid and self-confident. Let’s cross our fingers for Omar.
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