Zdravo Slovenija! Slovenia is still chasing their first Eurovision victory and the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — is checking to see if Ljubljana is ready to host the contest. As we fell in love with the city and its glorious architecture, we decided to pause to evaluate Omar Naber and his Eurovision 2017 song “On My Way”. Is he on his way to victory? Read on to find out!
Omar Naber – “On My Way”
About Omar Naber
Omar Naber returns to the contest — and to Kyiv — after representing Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in the same city. Twelve years ago he failed to reach the final with “Stop“. Since then Omar has made four attempts to right that wrong and finally did so with his Broadway-inspired number “On My Way”, which he penned himself. In April he told wiwibloggs that he entered Slovenia’s national selection to show people what he’s got — not with the expectation of wining. “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 said. “I think it’s very emotional and very intimate and I thought people would feel that. They would identify with it. A lot of people go through bad times, and the song itself would actually talk for them.”
“On My Way” reviews
Robyn: This is so frustrating — Omar easily has one of the best voices at Eurovision 2017, but he’s wasting it with one of the worst songs. And Eurovision is a song competition, not a singing competition. “On My Way” is so maudlin, so depressing, so dated, and not helped that at EMA he was styled like a teenage boy from the mid 2000s. Omar deserves better. He is throwing away his second shot at Eurovision with a dire song. The less I have to listen to “On My Way”, the happier I’ll be.
George: This song leaves me with mixed feelings. It’s not good, but it’s not bad either. There’s nothing to make it stand out and nothing really original. It’s a typical power ballad that builds gradually and incorporates a useless key change near the end. At the end of the day, it’s a really average song, significantly boosted by Omar’s promising voice.
Deban: Omar’s vocal flourishes are a wonder to behold. “On My Way” captures much of this vocal drama whilst retaining a very strong melody. Warm, soothing, uplifting and soaring, Omar Naber’s voice is a fine instrument, and his self-composition bears the hallmark of a modern classic.
William: This is so far off-Broadway that it’s in Hoboken, New Jersey. From the grammatically incorrect lyrics (“World is calling out tonight”) to the dated sound to the questionable styling, this feels beneath him. To make matters worse the uninspired bridge makes me think he has indigestion. Omar has a stellar voice. But not even that can right this oh-so-wrong song.
Chris: Truly dreadful. This entire package comes together to be one of the worst entries at Eurovision in the last five years. Omar’s voice is more often than not grating, whilst the song flops for three minutes of off-Broadway attempts at showboating. Entirely unmemorable and just wrong for a song contest in 2017. He’s right about one thing: he should never have come back.
Mikhail: That has too many cliches for one song. It’s like I’ve been teleported back in time and desperately want to return to 2017! Please, let me go back! This song will fight really hard for last place in the semi-final, no doubt about it.
Bernardo: Omar’s voice promises a lot and he delivers. The problem is that he delivers the wrong song. “On My Way” is quite dated, depressing and the production does not help it at all, as I struggle to emotionally connect with both Omar and the song. I wanted more, but I’m left with nothing but a voice.
Padraig: On my way home… am I right or am I right? There’s no way Slovenia are making the final with this mood killer. Of all the dull dirges – and there are a lot – in this year’s contest, Omar is probably singing the worst. The rhyming structure makes me cringe, but it’s ok because I’ve completely zoned out by the end of the song. And please, someone hire Omar a stylist! His national final outfit would have been straight out of the bargain bin when he first did Eurovision in 2005, let alone now.
In our Wiwi Jury, we have 38 jurors but only room for eight reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 3.44/10
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