This year, Estonia have enlarged their Eurovision selection process, by including 4 Quarter-finals (of 10 artists each) to take place over 4 consecutive Saturday’s in November and December.
Tonight on the Estonian TV show, Ringvaade, ETV revealed the 10 artists who will compete in this Saturday’s show, along with the song titles for each act. Several popular former participants are taking part again in this week’s show, but only 5 of the 10 acts will land a place in next February’s semi-finals.
We start off with a returnee this week, as Stefan previously competed in Eesti Laul in both 2019 (Without You, 2nd in final) and 2020 (By My Side, 7th). He’ll be hoping to go one step further than in 2019 with the song “Hope”.
Elina will be especially well known to Eurovision fans, having previously represented Estonia in the 2018 contest with the fan favourite, La Forza. After finishing 8th in Lisbon, Elina is aiming for another shot at Eurovision glory, with her track “Remedy”.
deLuLu consists of 3 already established Estonian artists – Taavi Paomets, Mairo Marjamaa and Inga Tislar, and the trio create soul/R’n’B music. Inga has participated in Eesti Laul twice before, making the final alongside Lumevärv with Milline päev. deLuLu are competing with “Music Saved My Soul”, but will it save them a place in the semi-finals?
Sadly, there is little information about Goodreason online, so it remains to be seen whether their song “Three Days Ago” will be an excellent reason to keep them in the competition.
Lauri also has previous Eurovision credentials, having been a backing singer (as part of 2XL) for Tanel Padar and Dave Benton when Estonia won Eurovision in 2001. He later placed 4th in Eesti Laul 2009, under the stage name Lowry, with the song “You Ain’t What I Need”. This time, he participates as a solo artist with “Take Me Home”.
Again, there is very little information about Levvis online. Perhaps their entry “Let’s Talk About” will be something to talk about after the show?
Merilin too has Eesti Laul history, having competed in 2020 with Miljon sammu. Sadly, she did not make it to the final on that occasion, so will be hoping to do better this year with “Little Girl”.
Alabama Watchdog competed in 2021 with the self-titled song, Alabama Watchdog. The band return this time with “Move On”.
Shira also took park in 2020, and was selected by the televote to qualify for the final, where she finished 6th with Out in Space. Hoping for a similar result this time, her song is called “Under Water”.
Sometimes known by just her surname, Anna represented Estonia on home soil in Eurovision 2002, finishing joint 3rd with “Runaway”. Will she be the run away Eesti Laul Champion, with the song “Champion”? We shall see in time!
The second quarter final of Eesti Laul airs this Saturday at 8:35pm CET where 5 of these 10 acts, based on their music videos alone, will qualify for the semi-final – the first 3 will be chosen by televoting, with the final 2 being selected by the jury! Make sure to follow EuroBuzz on all our social media platforms for all of the latest Eesti Laul news as the contest continues!