He’s the Slovenian crooner who crashed out in the semi-final at Eurovision 2005. But today Omar Naber returned to the song contest stage once more for his first rehearsal.
The “On My Way” singer kicked off his comeback with staging that harked back to his EMA victory. Once again, Naber stood alone on stage with lots of sweeping shots. However, they’ve shaken things up ever so slightly. Omar is kitted out in a slightly mismatched black suit — a shimmering blazer and slacks with a white shirt. We’re still awaiting the fashion police’s verdict.
Large rectangular panels hang from the ceiling, encircling the stage. At certain moments, they undulate as they change from blue to white. Meanwhile, the crowd will wave their phones in the air, giving us a sea of flickering light. It all builds to the moment when Omar belts out “on my way” and the stage explodes with white light. A powerful moment, which gives off strong X Factor winner vibes — albeit more Leon Jackson than Leona Lewis.
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Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)