Welcome to The Xtra Files, our new series which will give you an insight into what the team at escXtra think of your favourite entries into this year’s contest! Today, we review Slovenia.
Now that all the songs have been released, we are able to review each and every one of them. Our honest and brutal reviews will keep you entertained until the rehearsals start in May! We will also each give a score out of 10 for every entry, and create an escXtra leaderboard of the entries! You can see our preview reviews here.
Today, it is the turn of the Slovenian entry, ‘On My Way’ by Omar Naber, to be reviewed by Dimitris, Katarina, Luke, Matteo, Nick, Wivian. Let’s get started!
I find nothing interesting in this song, it’s bland, dated and doesn’t build up. His vocals are fairly good but still not enough to save this. The revamped version of the song doesn’t help either; he sounds emotionless in the new version. I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but his 2005 is actually better.
Here it is, the last place in my top 43! Omar said the song was written in 2007 and I totally believe this, since the whole composition sounds like it’s ten years old. The lyrics are cheesy, the song goes nowhere and even the performance is boring. The only positive are his vocals, but they alone can’t save Slovenia from the wooden spoon.
Omar sings that he is on his way and he’s “never coming back”. If only he’d actually followed through on his promise, I wouldn’t have to review this awful song. The song has zero power, and only acts as a sleeping pill. Why Slovenia decided to send the guy who completely flopped for them last time in Kyiv completely baffles me.
I can’t feel any build up and I keep going “oooh, I like th… nope.”. Rather unfortunate, see you in 2018, better luck next time.
A decent song from Slovenia. It’s just a ballad. And that’s exactly its biggest flaw. It’s just a ballad. Omar doesn’t come across as the most likeable artist either. And he should be punished for using ‘back’ and ‘crack’ as rhyme. His voice is on point, that has to be said too. All in all, I think this is chanceless for qualification.
I normally prefer new artists to returning ones, but since I really liked Stop and believe it should have qualified to the final, I have been hoping Omar would be given another shot at Eurovision. But I had always pictured him singing a good song if he ever returned. And he’s not. He gets to show off his voice, but the song itself is utterly unexciting.
When we remove the top score of 6.5 and the lowest score of 0. the average score for Slovenia is 2.13.
(Removing the top score and the lowest score helps to make the average score more reliable and less affected by outliers.)
Slovenia reaches 25th place in our leaderboard with a score of 2.13.
- France – 9.04
- Sweden – 7.77
- Belarus – 7.75
- Australia – 7.25
- Israel – 7.21
- Serbia – 7.08
- Estonia – 7.07
- Switzerland – 6.96
- Denmark – 6.83
- Armenia – 6.80
- Portugal – 6.79
- Hungary – 6.79
- Germany – 6.59
- Austria – 6.58
- Moldova – 6.58
- Greece – 6.54
- Norway – 6.33
- Latvia – 6.25
- United Kingdom – 6.00
- The Netherlands – 5.33
- Albania – 5.21
- Ukraine – 5.13
- San Marino – 3.92
- Georgia – 3.91
- Slovenia – 2.13
Tomorrow, we will review the Czech Republic.
Do you agree with our reviews of Slovenia? What are your thoughts on Omar Naber’s ‘On My Way’? Let us know in the comments!