Omar Naber has won the Slovenian national selection, EMA, and will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with the song On My Way. The runner-up was the duo BQL with the song Heart Of Gold followed by Zažarim performed by Raiven. The winner was decided by a 50/50 combination of jury and televotes.
Jamala, the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest performed during the live final alongside ManuElla, who represented Slovenia in 2016 and Toni Cetinski who represented Croatia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.
The jury put Omar Naber into first place while he was second in the public vote, but the points difference was big enough to keep the lead over the eventual televoting winners, BQL, who finished second.
It is, of course, the second time that Omar Naber will hit the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Kyiv as he represented Slovenia already in 2005 with the song Stop. He'll try to reach the Grand Final for the first time though, as twelve years ago he finished in 12th place in the Semi-Final.
Slovenia's Omar Naber will perform in the second half of the first Semi-Final in Kyiv on Tuesday 9th May.
The finalists of EMA 2017
Eight acts qualified from the two semi-finals held ahead of the final:
- Sell Out – Ni Panike (6th)
- Nuška Drašček - Flower In The Snow (4th)
- Tim Kores - Open Fire (8th)
- Nika Zorjan – Fse (5th)
- KiNG FOO – Wild Ride (7th)
- Omar Naber – On My Way (winner)
- BQL - Heart of Gold (2nd)
- Raiven - Zažarim (3rd)
About the winner
Omar Naber started his music career when he was 18 years old. In 2005 he won the Slovenian national selection, EMA, and represented the country in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song Stop. He has released three solo albums over the years and has given over 900 performances in 27 countries. Omar is a regular fixture on radio playlists and regularly participates in charity concerts and events. He is currently working on a new solo album, which will have the same title as his song for Eurovision 2017, On My Way.Gallery: At Slovenia's national final for Eurovision 2017
Slovenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Slovenia made its debut in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1993 after qualifying from the first ever pre-selection was held. Previously Slovenia had been represented in the Eurovision Song Contest as part of Yugoslavia. 2017 marks the 23rd appearance of the country in the competition. Slovenia's best placing was 7th in both 1995 and 2001 respectively.
Last year ManuElla represented Slovenia with the song Blue and Red, she performed during the live final this evening.