After 4 quarter-finals and 2 exciting semi-finals, just 10 songs remain to complete in the Eesti Laul Grand Final! This includes no less than 4 previous Eurovision participants. But, who will be The Lucky One to clinch that ticket to Turin in May? Here, we preview the 10 finalists in their pre-determined running order!
Elina Nechayeva – Remedy
The rather dubious honour of opening the grand final goes to Elina Nechayeva, of Eurovision 2018 fame. She won the televote-only second round of semi-final one, despite failing to land properly on descent from the high-wires section of her live performance. She later said that this part just went wrong on the night, and it wasn’t rehearsed enough before the live show. Hopefully there will be no repeat of this in the final, as she tries to get to Eurovision for the second time.
Andrei Zevakin feat. Grete Paia – Mis nüüd saab
Andrei and Grete also qualified from semi-final one, albeit as a direct qualifier from the first round. Both artists have reached the final on their own before, with Grete even reaching the Superfinal (top 2) in 2013. However, she eventually lost out by just over 1,300 votes. Can she go one step further with Andrei, and finally get a shot Eurovision?
Jaagup Tuisk – Kui vaid
Jaagup is the first act from the second semi-final to appear, having qualified directly from round one. Like Grete, he has also finished second in the past, losing out to Uku Suviste in 2020, with the song “Beautiful Lie”. 2 years on, will he get his chance at Eurovision this time?
Elysa – Fire
Elysa has reached the final of Eesti Laul on her very first attempt in the competition, being a direct televote qualifier in her quarter-final, and also qualifying in the first round of her semi-final. This was despite being unable to perform live due to a positive COVID-19 test. It remains to be seen how far this support might take her in the final.
Ott Lepland – Aovalguses
Another Eurovision alumni, Ott had a similar run to Elysa, having been a direct first-round qualifier in both his previous rounds. It has been 10 years since he finished 6th in Baku with Kuula – will he earn the right to compete at Eurovision again?
Stig Rästa – Interstellar
Stig is no stranger to the Eesti Laul stage, nor indeed to the Eurovision stage, having competed (alongside Elina Born) in the 2015 contest in Vienna, where they finished 7th. Having qualified in the first round of voting in the semi-final, it remains to be seen whether he can get another Interstellar result in the final.
Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany – What To Make Of This
Minimal Wind ft. Elisabeth Tiffany earned their place in the final having won the televote-only round 2 in semi-final 2, again despite a positive COVID-19 test preventing a live performance. They have also reached the final on their first attempt at Eesti Laul. Can they spring a surprise and be the eventual winners?
Stefan – Hope
Stefan appears to be one of the favourites for the win in this line-up, so could well be one to watch out for during the show. He has made it to the Eesti Laul final on 3 separate occasions – firstly, as part of the band Vaje in 2018, and then as a solo artist in 2019 – where he finished 3rd – and 2020. Will he do as well, or even improve upon his 2019 result here? He will certainly Hope so.
Anna Sahlene – Champion
The last of the 4 previous Eurovision entrants in this final, Anna Sahlene finished 3rd (simply as “Sahlene”) at Estonia’s home contest in 2002. Anna is originally from Sweden and also participated in Melodifestivalen after her original Eurovision appearance. Can she become the Eesti Laul champion once again?
Black Velvet – Sandra
3-piece band Black Velvet are another act that have made it all the way to the final on their Eesti Laul debut, however they have been releasing music since the mid-1990s. Perhaps being well known in Estonia has contributed to their success in this competition – can it steer them to a surprise victory in the final?
Similarly to the semi-finals, voting will take place over 2 rounds. In the first round, a combination of jury votes and televotes will select a top 3. In round 2, the public alone will decide which of these final 3 will win Eesti Laul, and earn that all-important ticket to Turin in May. But who will prevail? You can watch the show live on ERR here. Make sure to follow EuroBuzz on all our social media platforms for all of the latest Eesti Laul news as National Final season continues.