Slovenia: Omar Naber wins EMA 2017 with “On My Way”

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Sixteen acts competed at this year’s Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) 2017 national selection show in Slovenia, but only eight made it to the final. Nika served ethno-pop. BQL brought a contemporary, tropical tinged number. And Raiven served an avant-garde track while working an edgy light show. But in the end it was Eurovision 2005 alum Omar Naber who won the day with his Broadway ballad “On My Way“. Next stop? Kyiv!

Ahead of tonight’s EMA 2017 final, the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — had a lot to say about Omar. We ranked him joint-last in our rankings, with most of us saying he has a stellar voice, but a sub-par song. wiwiblogger Deban, however, awarded him a 9/10, writing:

Omar’s vocal flourishes are a wonder to behold. ‘On My Way’ captures drama whilst retaining a very strong melody. Warm, soothing and uplifting, Omar’s voice is a fine instrument, and his self-composition bears the hallmark of a modern classic.

The country’s six regional juries agreed, ranking him first in the jury vote.

EMA 2017 Final results

Regional jury results

Ljubljana

  • BQL – 12
  • Omar Naber – 10
  • Nuška Drašcek – 8
  • Raiven – 6
  • KiNG FOO – 4
  • Nika Zorjan – 2

Kranj

  • Omar Naber – 12
  • Raiven – 10
  • Nuška Drašcek – 8
  • Nika Zorjan – 6
  • KiNG FOO – 4
  • BQL – 2

Maribor

  • Omar Naber – 12
  • Nuška Drašcek – 10
  • Raiven – 8
  • BQL – 6
  • Nika Zorjan – 4
  • Tim Kores – 2

Koper

  • Omar Naber – 12
  • Nuška Drašcek – 10
  • Raiven – 8
  • BQL – 6
  • Tim Kores – 4
  • Nika Zorjan – 2

Novo Mesto

  • Raiven – 12
  • Nuška Drašcek – 10
  • BQL – 8
  • Omar Naber – 6
  • Tim Kores – 4
  • Nika Zorjan – 2

Celje

  • Omar Naber – 12
  • Nuška Drašcek – 10
  • BQL – 8
  • KiNG FOO – 6
  • Nika Zorjan – 4
  • Raiven – 2

Televoting results

  • BQL – 72
  • Omar – 60
  • Raiven – 48
  • Nika Zorjan – 36
  • Sell Out – 24
  • Nuska Drascek – 12

Guest performances

Last year’s winner ManuElla returned to EMA to open tonight’s final with her Eurovision entry “Blue and Red”, then unveiled her new single “Salvation” later during the show.

We were also treated to performances from Croatia’s 1994 Eurovision representative Tony Cetinski and last year’s Eurovision winner Jamala with her entry “1944”.

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