He sang for Slovenia at Eurovision 2005 in Kyiv, failing to make the final with his song “Stop”. And in the coming weeks Omar Naber is once again on his way to Kyiv for Eurovision 2017.
“The last time I was there I was sleeping during the day because I had partied all night long before my performance,” he told us ahead of his performance at the London Eurovision Party on Sunday. “So this time around I will use it to play a tourist — to actually see Kyiv.”
But is he annoyed that he’s experiencing Eurovision in the same city, rather than visiting a new locale?
“Do you imagine how ungrateful I would appear if I said that?” he says. “I’m actually one of the few artists who has the chance to go to Eurovision for a second time. I’m very grateful for that. Eurovision is Eurovision — wherever it takes place.”
Having previously attempted to represent Slovenia in 2014, he mentioned that the Evrovizijska Melodija (EMA) national final is getting more and more popular — and is a bastion for Slovenian music.
“The whole world is bombing us with their own music, and EMA is the one thing that everyone watches. And with the Internet everything has changed completely and EMA is a great opportunity to showcase your music.”
Omar entered the contest knowing he’d have a chance of winning, but says he didn’t sign up to win.
“I just went there to show what I can do and to show my song that I’ve been saving for ten years because it was special to me,” he says.
Why “On My Way”?
“Because I think it’s very emotional and very intimate and I thought people would feel that. They would identity with it. A lot of people go through bad times, and the song itself would actually talk for them.”
Originally intended as a pop rock song, “On My Way” went through several arrangements before it became the piano ballad we saw at EMA 2017. Omar will be recording the eight other arrangements in the future.
“On My Way” official video
While Omar entertained us all during the London Eurovision Party, he simultaneously released the official video of his Eurovision 2017 entry “On My Way”.
It’s been revamped considerably from the Slovenian national final. Various instrumentals have been added alongside the piano to give the chorus that extra emotional impact. Filmed entirely in monochrome and keeping within that “dark place experience”, Omar shows himself to be a talented actor as well as a singer and songwriter.