Back in November and December of 2021, 20 songs qualified into the Eesti Laul semi-finals, and, after a few months wait, they have now arrived! Here, we preview the 10 acts competing in the first show, in their pre-determined running order!
Elysa – Fire
A debutant in this year’s competition, Elysa was a direct televote qualifier from Quarter-Final 4. She has the dubious honour of opening the semi-final – can she qualify once more to the grand final?
Helen – Vaata minu poole
Another direct televote qualifier, 2021 entrant Helen qualified from Quarter-Final 2. She didn’t qualify for the final last time – will she go one better this time with Vaata minu poole?
Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – Mis nüüd saab
Both veterans of Eesti Laul, Andrei and Grete were also televote qualifiers from Quarter-Final 2. Both artists have made the final before – in 2013 and 2016 for Grete and in 2019 for Andrei. Will Mis nüüd saab take them there again?
Alabama Watchdog – Move On
Alabama Watchdog were a jury qualifier in the third quarter final. After failing to make the final in 2021, they will certainly be hoping to move on to that last stage this year, with “Move On”.
Merilin Mälk – Little Girl
Ironically, Merilin Mälk was also a jury qualifier from the 3rd quarter final this year, and also failed to make the final on a previous occasion – in 2020, with Miljon sammu. She will also be hoping to go one step further this time with “Little Girl”.
Stig Rästa – Interstellar
Stig is of course no stranger to the contest, having gone all the way to Eurovision in 2015. His song “Interstellar” was a direct televote qualifier in the very first quarter-final – will it be popular enough to get through to the final?
Triin Niitoja and Frants Tikerpuu – Laululind
Another direct televote qualifier, Triin and Frants qualified from quarter-final 2. Both have had hits in Estonia in the past, but will “Laululind” get to the final on the first Eesti Laul attempt by either artist?
Kaia-Liisa Kesler – Vaikus
Kaia-Liisa also qualified from the second quarter-final, albeit as a jury choice. Like Triin and Frants, this is her first year entering Eesti Laul, and will be hoping to get to the final with “Vaikus”
Elina Nechayeva – Remedy
The final 2 acts of semi-final one have both been to Eurovision before. The first is Elina Nechayeva, who finished 8th in Lisbon in 2018. This time, she was a direct televote qualifier from the quarter-finals. Will her song “Remedy” see her win the ticket to Eurovision once more?
Ott Lepland – Aovalguses
Ott has the potential advantage of closing the semi final with “Aovalguses” – a direct televote qualifier from the final quarter-final. He previously represented Estonia in 2012, and finished 6th. Will he be lucky enough to compete at Eurovision again?
Unfortunately, both Elysa, and Merilin Mälk tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, and therefore cannot perform live. Just like in the Quarter-Finals, the music videos to their songs will air in place of a live performance.
The first semi final of Eesti Laul airs this Thursday at 6:30pm CET where 5 of these acts will qualify for the grand final over two rounds of voting. In the first round, 3 acts will qualify by a combination of televotes and jury votes. In round 2, televoters will select a further 2 entries to go through. But who will they be? Make sure to follow EuroBuzz on all our social media platforms for all of the latest Eesti Laul news as National Final season continues.