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Ómar began playing drums at the age of five but was later asked to sing at a festival for his school, his first performance with an audience other than his mother. Impressing the crowd, he then went on to win many competitions in his hometown and made the decision to be a singer. He has worked with some of most successful artists in Iceland. In 2006, he released his debut solo album Annan dag and was nominated as "singer of the year" at the Icelandic music awards. In March 2006, he joined forces with fellow Icelandic singer Regína Ósk to form the band Eurobandið. During 2007 Ómar came second in the Icelandic finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 performing his song "Eldur". In Belgrade, Serbia at Eurovision Song Contest 2008, Ómar and Eurobandið performed their song "This Is My Life". They came in 8th place in the semi-finals and 14th in the finals, providing Iceland's best result since Eurovision Song Contest 2003. Ómar once again participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 as a backing-vocalist in the Icelandic entry performed by Yohanna.

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