Omar has been involved in music since the age of 16. He composes, arranges and produces his own material as well as plays the guitar, bass guitar and piano. In 2004 he won a national TV talent show in Slovenia which granted him entry to the Slovenian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, EMA. Omar won this and represented his country at the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, with the self-composed song Stop.
Omar participated again in the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, 2011 and 2014. This year he entered again and won with the song On My Way which he wrote himself. His music may be best described as melodic pop/pop-rock with the emphasis on strong vocal delivery.
Omar divides his time between Ljubljana and London where he has been building contacts, performing gigs and has even been a licensed busker on the London Underground! He intends to concentrate his efforts on maintaining his position with his fan-base but also seeks to perform across other territories, in an effort to get his music known to a wider audience.
Things you should know about Omar
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
The song is very intimate. It addresses people directly and I think that they can easily identify with the lyrics. I have been saving this song for ten years. I have been saving it for a special occasion.
What are the three most impressive facts about you?
My Dad comes from Jordan of which I'm very proud. I always knew I was going to be a singer. Since I was 2 or 3 years old. I am a qualified dental technician and I have worked as one for a year, before music called me.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I need to be alone for at least ten minutes before going on stage. If there is no room to be alone, I use the toilet!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
I have been there before, it's the biggest music festival in the world and it gave me all that I am today... and because I am going there again.