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Slovenia: Omar Naber – On My Way

Slovenia became the 14th nation to select their song for Eurovision 2017 in what was a much better national final that expected. Omar was the eventual victor and will perform his song, On My Way, in the second half of semi-final 1. On My Way is a cracking, if not rather dated, Disney ballad in a similar guise to Norway's 2010 entry by Didrik Solli-Tangen, which finished 20th. It also sounds like an X-Factor winner's single from  the early noughties, so it's hardly breaking into new territory. The writers have been a bit lazy during the middle-eight with four bars of "Ey yeah yeah… ey yeah yeah…"…
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If Slovenia are to make the Grand Final, it'll be as a result of qualifying in 9th or 10th and finishing 20th-26th on the Saturday.

User Rating: 1.85 ( 23 votes)

Slovenia became the 14th nation to select their song for Eurovision 2017 in what was a much better national final that expected.

Omar was the eventual victor and will perform his song, On My Way, in the second half of semi-final 1.

On My Way is a cracking, if not rather dated, Disney ballad in a similar guise to Norway’s 2010 entry by Didrik Solli-Tangen, which finished 20th. It also sounds like an X-Factor winner’s single from  the early noughties, so it’s hardly breaking into new territory. The writers have been a bit lazy during the middle-eight with four bars of “Ey yeah yeah… ey yeah yeah…” before a cliched key change. Maybe they can tighten that part up before May?

The main problem for Omar is that he failed to win the televote by a substantial margin. So if Slovenians didn’t vote for Omar, will Europe? Even though short of natural allies, semi-final 1 is western leaning and a few of the nations do tend to like this sort of slushy ballad. John Karayiannis qualified sixth for Cyprus in 2015 with an equally dated balled. Similarly, Omar works the camera well and has a solid vocal. Furthermore, the warm, loving feel of the melody does potentially make one vote for it more than say Albania. That said, if Slovenia are to make the Grand Final, it’ll be as a result of qualifying in 9th or 10th and then finishing 20th-26th on the Saturday.

Are Slovenia on their way to the final in May?

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23 comments

  1. Ah jeez, this has fanwank written all over it…

    • Wouldn’t that require it to actually have fans? The reaction has been massively negative. I’m actually surprised Gavin has rated it as highly as 3 stars.

      • As unbelievable as it sounds, when I posted on Facebook that Slovenia have pretty much sabotaged their own chances, I got a few replies from eurofans along the lines of “how rude, I love this song”.

        I’m not sure if that was just a vocal minority or not.

        • Initial thoughts are Norway 2010. Not expecting anything major, but could qualify with jury support. It is dated though.

          • Bar bribes Juries dont tend to vote for dated songs and its hard to imagine the tele vote getting behind it…plus its Slovenia.

          • You were signing its praises though (Cyprus 2015)? Plus 8th place won’t be enough to get this through if it gets nothing in the tele vote (no chance this is qualifying on the tele vote).

          • Cyprus was my qualification bet in 2015, but I used it as an example of something old fashioned getting a modicum of jury support. Plus, you have to recognise, the guy is quite relatable, so the televote can’t be discounted. There are 13 more songs to come yet.

          • I can’t disagree about looking relatable but against 18 other song’s this entry needs a lot going for it and atm all I can see going for it is it has a second half draw but like what was said about Malta I dont think the producers have much of a reason to be kind towards this entry unless they have some crazy improvements planned for Kyiv. Like you said 13 more song’s have to be picked so it’s faith isn’t set in stone but with only Montenegro voting in a big semi I struggle to see this one advancing especially when you look at Slovenia’s qualification record.

        • Its the sort of reply i’d expect 🙂

      • I think most of the negative reaction was due to fan favourites, BQL, failing to win, so the positive aspects of Omar’s song have been overlooked.

  2. Very dull song and dated in my opinion. If this had first half it wouldn’t have much chance. A late draw will make it interesting but I fear G:Son and Hovig will be on similar ground and probably top it. Not completely hopeless, but a 9th or 10th at very best. Likely NQ.

  3. A potential winner if this was 1988 and Omar was representing Ireland. In 2017 this makes even Malta look current. The way Omar is dressed it’s like he came on stage expecting to sing something modern and they played the wrong backing tape. Surely Eurovision juries aren’t going to go for this. NQ in my book.

  4. Send this crap back to 2001 where it belongs.

  5. I’d have rather liked Raiven to win this one. Something a bit different and some cool light tricks in the staging. Hopefully soon.

    As for Omar, his song is an IKEA Billy Shelf in 21st century Eurovision ballad form. Qualifying and bottom 7 I think.

  6. horrible, but might stand out in a sea of female ballads.

  7. I really love this song, but it wont qualify to the final. I expect it to do better with televoting than juries like Poland 2016.

    • This didn’t even win the televote in Slovenia, if anything I expect the opposite to happen.

      • Well he might be 12th on televoting, and 15th on juries. The song is very dated like Poland was last year and juries will kill it. The song which won tellevoting yesterday would have been top 15 in the Eurovision final, and close to top 10 in televoting in the final, I think.

    • Michal quite comfortably finished first in the televote in the Polish NF, compare that to Omat who couldn’t even win it’s own countries Televote and you see the difference, + Poland has diaspora that Slovenia just can’t match.

      • You nailed it on the head there. I’m honestly surprised at people here overrating its chances in Kyiv, personally I think it’s a strong candidate to finish last in the semi.

        • As it stands bar a miracle this is as much of a certain NQ as I’ve seen from all the song’s picked so far. I do think it could be a potential last place, bar song’s that are quite clearly the worst song in there semi (Switzerland 2016) most last places are songs you dont expect to come last, song’s that noone really hate’s but noone pick’s up the phone and vote’s for and when you see this entry and remember that Slovenia are really lacking friend’s in this semi and you’d imagine Slovenia fit perfectly into this criteria.

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