Estonian public broadcaster Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR) revealed that 202 songs have been submitted to take part in Eesti Laul 2022. Of these, forty will be chosen to go into televised heats before going into the semi-finals and the grand final on February 12th.
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In an Instagram post, the organizers of Eesti Laul gave details of the received submissions into the competition. Interested singers had until today (October 20th) at 11:00 CET to apply to participate.
ERR stated that of the 202 songs submitted, 84 entries were in the Estonian language. As well as this, songs in other languages such as English, French, Spanish and Italian were also received. One song that was submitted was also written in an imaginary language.
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In addition, ERR also revealed that of the participating singers, seven previous entrants have re-applied to take part in Eesti Laul to represent Estonia in Turin.
Now that the submission window has closed, the songs will be judged by an anonymous jury who will whittle the number of competing entries down to 40. The names of the jurors will be revealed alongside the names of the successful songs in early November.
The 40 songs will then go on to take part in Eesti Laul 2022. A shift has been announced in the format where four quarter-finals will halve the number of competing songs to 20. The competition will then run as normal, with 10 songs qualifying for the final in which the winner will represent Estonia in Turin next May.
Estonia’s Eurovision journey
Estonia has been a part of the Eurovision family since 1994, with Silvi Vrait singing “Nagu merelaine”. Their debut entry placed 24th, scoring only 2 points. However, despite the initial lack of success, Estonia became the first Baltic nation to win the Contest. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL triumphed in 2001 with their song “Everybody”, hosting the Contest in Tallinn the following year.
In 2021, Uku Suviste represented Estonia in Rotterdam, performing his entry “The Lucky One”. At the close of voting, Estonia placed 13th with 58 points in its semi-final, failing to reach the final.
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News Source: ERR
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