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Omar Naber on his way to Kyiv again!

Omar Naber on his way to Kyiv again!

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Omar Naber has won the Slovenian national selection, EMA, and will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song On My Way. The runner-up was the duo BQL with the song Heart Of Gold followed by Zažarim performed by Raiven. The winner was decided by a 50/50 combination of jury and televotes.

Jamala, the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest performed during the live final alongside ManuElla, who represented Slovenia in 2016 and Tony Cetinski who represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.

The jury put Omar Naber into first place while he was second in the public vote, but the points difference was big enough to keep the lead over the eventual televoting winners, BQL, who finished second.

It is, of course, the second time that Omar Naber will hit the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Kyiv as he represented Slovenia already in 2005 with the song Stop. He'll try to reach the Grand Final for the first time though, as twelve years ago he finished in 12th place in the Semi-Final.

Slovenia's Omar Naber will perform in the second half of the first Semi-Final in Kyiv on Tuesday 9th May.

The finalists of EMA 2017

Eight acts qualified from the two semi-finals held ahead of the final:

  • Sell Out – Ni Panike (6th)
  • Nuška Drašček - Flower In The Snow (4th)
  • Tim Kores - Open Fire (8th)
  • Nika Zorjan – Fse (5th)
  • KiNG FOO – Wild Ride (7th)
  • Omar Naber – On My Way (winner)
  • BQL - Heart of Gold (2nd)
  • Raiven - Zažarim (3rd)

About the winner


Omar Naber started his music career when he was 18 years old. In 2005 he won the Slovenian national selection, EMA, and represented the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song Stop. He has released three solo albums over the years and has given over 900 performances in 27 countries. Omar is a regular fixture on radio playlists and regularly participates in charity concerts and events. He is currently working on a new solo album, which will have the same title as his song for Eurovision 2017, On My Way.

Slovenia: EMA 2017

Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Slovenia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 after qualifying from the first ever pre-selection was held. Previously Slovenia had been represented in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia. 2017 marks the 23rd appearance of the country in the competition. Slovenia's best placing was 7th in both 1995 and 2001 respectively.

Last year ManuElla represented Slovenia with the song Blue and Red, she performed during the live final this evening.

Categories: Eurovision TV


Eight acts go to the final in Moldova’s O melodie pentru Europa 2017

Eight acts go to the final in Moldova’s O melodie pentru Europa 2017

Tonight, Moldova held the qualifying round of their O melodie pentru Europa 2017 contest to find the song which will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

A line up of fourteen songs was cut down to a total of eight. These eight acts will compete tomorrow in the final, hoping to represent Moldova, in Kiev in the second half of the first semi on May 9th.


  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Results
  • 3 Moldova In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Vozniuc feat. Vio GrecuDon’t Lie

Vozniuc is accompanied by Vio on the guitar. This slow ballad builds into a strong chorus. The song is about an ex girlfriend and wanting to hear her tell the truth. Being on first is probably a disadvantage, but since eight songs will be getting through, this should be safe.

Emilia RussuIf Only You

Blonde Emilia is stuck with another run of the mill ballad. She has a powerful voice which helps the song move along. The piano is featured a lot in the song, a verse, a chorus which probably isn’t good enough to stand out.

Sandy CA Beautiful World

Another song starting slowly with a solo piano. Sandy has a nice voice, on this standard ballad. However the melody of the song is quite pleasant. By the second verse  more instruments join in which really lifts the song. This should qualify too.

Valeria PașaFreedom

The third female singer in a row, but this song is a bit more up-tempo. The song has a bit of a country feel, and Valeria really belts out the chorus. The guitar is the main instrument here.

Valentina Nejel & Sergiu PungăNe-a fost iubirea un joc

This duo is surprisingly quite lively, but is so similar to Eurovision duets from the seventies, that never did well. The Moldovan sung entry, would make a good video of the virtues of Moldova. Both singers are very strong and duet well together.

Ethno Republic & Surorile OsoianuDiscover Moldova 

A tribute to the  Russian grannies from these five, much younger ladies, who are also exalting the wonders of Moldova. Dressed in traditional costumes, there’s a bit of a shout out to the old Hora in the middle.

Marks & StefanetJoin Us in the Rain

A violin really helps lift this song. Another male-female duet, but the singers are also very good. The song obviously isn’t such a wow that it will win Eurovision, but is a good listen nonetheless.

See alsoLatvia Supernova 2017 final four acts decided

Aurel ChirtoacăDor de mamă  

Aurel’s song is a real slow number with pan pipes thrown in to give it some class. After the pipes disappear this is a mournful tune, with just the guitar accompaniment. This is what Portugal used to send in the seventies.

Big Flash SoundLogic 

This five piece group can hardly be called big nor flash, but it’s the nearest thing to a pop group in the contest so far. Sticking to Moldovan, the female singer is accompanied by a four pice male band , on various instruments. Not really good enough to stand out.

SunStroke ProjectHey Mamma 

The return of SunStroke, with a song in the same vein as Clean Bandit’s Rockabye. The saxophone features after the verses, which really helps. The hollow violin also makes an appearance. The song isn’t a real classic, but should be enough to get into the final.

Diana BrescanBreath 

Back to the ballads again and another competent female singer. Diana has the advantage of performing towards the end. The piano features all he way through this song as well. When the backing singers join in, the song comes to life.

Nadia Moșneagu –  Never Give Up on Us 

By now the songs are all starting to run into each other. This is a bit more dramatic, with computer generated music blending with a big orchestra. Natya, the name she also goes by, has a very operatic and powerful voice.

Samir LoghinGlow

This is probably the song with the most life about it, so far this evening. The song very much has a feel of Swedish Melodifestivalen about it. There is a bit of eastern music too. Samir and his backing band are all dressed in white.


To end the show, this wanna be rock band definitely has the most lively song of the evening. The song is a fine one to dance along too. Lots of brass features in the background, while the band play along with their guitars and drums.

The Results

The top eight acts qualify for tomorrow nights final. The top four jury choices automatically qualified. That was SunStroke Project, Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu, Diana Brescan and Aurel Chirtoacă.

Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu 5 7 To The Final By Public
Emilia Russu 2 3 
Sandy C 4 6 
Valeria Pașa 6 8 To The Final By Public
Valentina Nejel & Sergiu Pungă 0 5
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu 10 – To The Final By Jury
Marks & Stefanet 0 12 To The Final By Public
Aurel Chirtoacă 7 – To The Final By Jury
Big Flash Sound 1 2 
SunStroke Project  12 – To The Final By Jury
Diana Brescan 8 – To The Final By Jury
Nadia Moșneagu 0 1
Samir Loghin 0 10 To The Final By Public
The ONE3 4

Moldova In The Eurovision Song Contest

Will this be lucky or unlucky for Moldova, as they appear this year, for the thirteenth time at Eurovision. Debuting in 2005 with Zdob şi Zdub and the song, Bunica Bate Toba, Moldova got off to a good start finishing in 6th place with 148 points.

The following year, Arsenium dropped the country to 20th place, but Natalia Barbu, made a good recovery in 2007 taking Fight into the top 10. This was the last time Moldova made the top 10.

The duo of Pasha Parfeny and Aliona Moon, both managed 11th place in 2012 and 2013 with Lautar and O Mie. However since then Moldova have failed to qualify to the final.

Their 2010 entry Runaway by SunStroke Project and Olia Tira became a viral sensation years later, with epic sax man featuring all over social media.

Below you can enjoy, jury favourite, SunStroke Project’s entry for this year, Hey Mamma.

Categories: Eurovisionary


Omar Naber will represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2017

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia at Eurovision 2017

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia in Kyiv this May.

After two semi-finals and one national final, the Slovenian selection EMA has its winner. Indeed, it will be Omar Naber with the song On My Way for Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

Eight acts fought tonight at the Grand Final of EMA 2017. Among the eight artists, some are familiar to EMA and Eurovision.


  • 1 The Songs
  • 2 The Show
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest

The Songs

Sell Out – Ni Panike

The staging remained the same. It was better this time with improved vocals from the male singer. The song was still enjoyable to hear and it was a good way to start the show .

Nuska Drascek – Flower In The Snow

Last time, she performed last in her semi-final. Tonight, she was second in the running order and the pressure was there because of her vocals, which were a bit off at the beginning. Throughout the song, only the chorus sounded good.

Tim Kores Koni – Open Fire

The staging used the same technology as that in the semi-final, which means one reminiscent of those used by Måns and Sergey Lazarev recently. The vocals were weaker than in the semi final.

Nika Zorjan – Fse

This was one of the favorites tonight. The backing vocalist of Tinkara Kovac delivered a better performance compared to the semi-final. This is particularly true of the chorus, which was a bit off in the semi-final.

See alsoCroatia's entry My Friend will be premiered the 2nd of March

KiNG FOO –  Wild Ride

The quality of the song was very strong due to the powerful vocals of the female singer. But, it is a song a bit dated for this year; it sounded like a song from the 90’s because of the chorus.

Omar Naber – On My Way

After a powerful rock song, a peaceful ballad by Omar with a very good vocal quality. It is not as common to have male ballads and this one was very well done and seemed like heaven compared to the rock song that came before.

BQL – Heart Of Gold

The duo of brothers was back again. The vocals seemed a bit better than in the semi-finals. As with Nika Zorjan, the song is written by Maraaya and is of good quality. It is a mix of ballad and pop sound.

Raiven – Zazarim

The beginning was spot on compared to the semi-final, when she had a mic issue. But, tonight, it was much better, with a very good staging and a good mystical atmosphere.

The Show

As in the semi-finals, the opening act was ManuElla, performing her entry of last year Blue And Red. After that performance, the artists were presented. As in the semi final, the hosts sang the opening act about EMA.

The hosts of the show tonight were the same as in the semi-finals, Maja Martina Merljak, Tina Gorenjak and Tanja Kocman. Mario Galunic explained how to vote and presented the participants at the beginning.

In this final, special guests performed on stage. They were Jamala, winner of Eurovision 2016, ManuElla, winner of EMA 2016 and Toni Centiski, the Croatian representative in 1994.

Manuella performed one of her songs, Salvation. After a second recap, the representative of Croatia in 1996 sang his Eurovision entry of the same year and another song called Lako Noc. The interval act continued with Jamala performing her winning song 1944.

The Results

These are the results of the Grand Final of EMA 2017.

01Sell OutNi Panike 0 24 246th
02Nuska DrascekFlower In The Snow 56 12 68 4th
03Tim Kores KoniOpen Fire 10 0 10 8th
04Nika ZorjanFse 20 36 56 5th
05KiNG FOOWild Ride14 0 14 7th
06Omar NaberOn My Way 64 60 124 WINNER
07BQLHeart Of Gold 42 72 114 Runner-up
08RaivenZazarim 46 48 94 3rd

The EMA 2017 results table.

Slovenia in Eurovision Song Contest

The country participated for the first time in 1993. In the pre-qualifying round that year, they finished first. In the final of 1993, they ended up in the 22nd place.

Yet, Slovenia has never won the contest and has struggled to get good rankings. For instance, the country managed to be in the top 10 three times since their debut. The most recent one was in 2001 with the song Energy performed by Nusa Derenda.

Last year, Slovenia selected ManuElla and her song Blue And Red to represent it in Stockholm. She performed in the Second Semi-Final and did not qualify for the Final. She placed 14th with 57 points.

Below you can watch Omar’s entry On My Way.

Categories: Eurovisionary


Omar Naber will represent Slovenia in Kyiv for the second time

Omar Naber will represent Slovenia in Kyiv for the second time

In the last couple of hours, Slovenia chose Omar Naber to represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Omar won EMA after finishing in first place with the juries and second place in the televote. He will perform his winning song On My Way in the first semi-final on May 9th.

The full results

You can see the breakdown of the final results below:

1Omar NaberOn My Way64601246
2BQLHeart Of Gold42721147
4Nuška DraščekFlower In The Snow5612682
5Nika ZorjanFse2036564
6Sell OutNi panike024241
7KiNG FOOWild Ride140145
8Tim KoresOpen Fire100103

Remember to read our feature article about the history of Slovenian national selections. We found out that on all seven previous occasions an EMA final used a combined jury/televoting points system, the winner of the televote never won the competition. This happened for an eighth time tonight as televoting favourites BQL only finished in 4th place with the juries. However the Slovene public won’t be quite as angry as with previous overrulings in EMA. At least this time around, the second favourite in the televote won the overall competition!

Second time lucky?

Omar previously represented Slovenia in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest, also held in Kyiv. Unfortunately, he narrowly missed out on qualification for the final. He finished in 12th place in the semi-final. Both he and Slovenia will be hoping he can make it to the Eurovision final on his second attempt!

Did you watch EMA this evening? Furthermore, what did you make of the results? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and via our social media pages @escXtra!

Categories: ESC Xtra


Slovenia: Omar Naber wins the Slovenian ticket to Kyiv!

Slovenia: Omar Naber wins the Slovenian ticket to Kyiv!

The 2017 edition of EMA, Slovenia’s Eurovision preselection show, has been concluded and the winner is Omar Naber!

Tonight saw the final 8 acts competing for the right to represent Slovenia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest this coming May in the host city of Kyiv.

Performing live to both the public and jury for a final time, it was down to a combined vote in order to determine the winner of EMA 2017. Both the public and jury each gave 6 sets of votes to the competing acts, with 504 points in total on offer.

EMA 2017 final results

With the jury votes presented first, it was Omar Naber who was the initial favourite of the competition, followed by Nuška Drašček in second and Raiven in third. Combined with the televote, Naber remained successful and won EMA 2017! The votes were given as follows:

  1. Omar NaberOn my way (Public: 60 points / Jury: 64 points / Combined: 124 points)
  2. BQLHeart of gold (Public: 72 points / Jury: 42 points / Combined: 114 points)
  3. RaivenZažarim (Public: 48 points / Jury: 46 points / Combined: 94 points)
  4. Nuška DraščekFlower in the snow (Public: 12 points / Jury: 56 points / Combined: 68 points)
  5. Nika ZorjanFse (Public: 36 points / Jury: 20 points / Combined: 56 points)
  6. Sell OutNi panike (Public: 24 points / Jury: 0 points / Combined: 24 points)
  7. KiNG FOOWild ride (Public: 0 points / Jury: 14 points / Combined: 14 points)
  8. Tim KoresOpen fire (Public: 0 points / Jury: 10 points / Combined: 10 points)

Listen to and watch the winning song below!

This is not Naber’s first time appearing at the Eurovision Song Contest, having previously represented the nation in 2005 with the song Stop. In the semi-final of the competition, which was also hosted in Kyiv, Naber received a total of 69 points and finished in 12th place, therefore failing to qualify to the final.

What are your views on the winning entry? Share your thoughts with us!

Categories: ESC Today


Tonight: Moldova decides tonight their representative

Tonight: Moldova decides tonight their representative

Who will be the 2017 Moldavian Eurovision representative in Kyiv? The country decides tonight their act among 8 hopefuls in O melodie pentru Europa 2017 final.

The show

A total of 40 entries were submitted to the Moldovan broadcaster TRM for O melodie pentru Europa. After the live auditions, the jury decided the 14 semi-finalists who will compete for 8 spots in Moldovan final, 4 of which were decided by the professional jury.

Tonight, Moldova decides the singer who will perform at the first semi-final of Eurovision in Kyiv, Ukraine.

How to watch

The show will kick off at 18:35 CET and will be available to watch at M1.

  • M1
  • M1 Online webcast

The participants

  1. SunStroke Project– Hey mamma
  2. Samir LoghinGlow
  3. Valeria Paşa – Freedom
  4. Aurel Chirtoacă – Dor de mamă
  5. Diana Brescan– Breathe
  6. Marks & Stefanet– Join us in the rain
  7. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu– Discover Moldova
  8. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu– Don’t lie

Who’s your favourite to win tonight? Share your thoughts with us below.

Categories: ESC Today

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