The National-Final season continues this week, as the second quarter-final of Eesti Laul took place tonight in Estonia. Following on from last week’s quarter-final the ten songs were shown in their music video format. The qualifiers were chosen by both public televoting and a professional jury – the first three qualifiers by the public, and the fourth and fifth by music industry experts. In today’s quarter-final, all of the songs competing will be in Estonian.
The five semi-finalists now have a couple of months to prepare for the live shows, which will take place on the 3rd and 5th February 2022. The show was hosted by two previous Estonian Eurovision representatives Tanja (2014) and Uku Suvister (2020 & 2021)
Eesti Laul Quarter Final 2: Results
|Silver Jusilo||“Elu rüpes”||Out|
|Kaia-Liisa Kesler||“Vaikus”||Qualified (Jury Vote)|
|Helen||“Vaata minu poole”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
|Jyrise||“Plaksuta”||Qualified (Jury Vote)|
|Andrei Zevakin ft. Grete Paia||“Mis nüüd saab”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
|Frants Tikerpuu and Triin Niitoja||“Laululind”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
You are able to listen to the qualifiers from tonight’s show right here. The jurors for this evening’s quarter-final were Sissi, Synne Valtri, Egert Milder, Maiken, Olav Osloin, Bert Järvet, Vaido Pannel, and Andres Puusepp.
Who has qualified so far?
The first quarter-final of Eesti Laul 2022 has already taken place here are the artists and songs that have qualified so far:
- Jaagup Tuisk – “Kui vaid”
- Boamadu – “Mitte Kauaks”
- Evelin Samuel – “Waterfall”
- Maian – “Meeletu”
- Stig Rästa – “Interstellar”
What else do we know about Eesti Laul this year?
Eesti Laul has undergone significant format changes this year. No longer just two semi-finals and a grand final, ERR has expanded the format, with 40 songs in competition instead of last year’s 24. Quarterfinals will take place in November and December 2021, where five songs from each of the four semi-finals will be selected to move forward to the semi-finals in February 2022. The quarter-finals will not involve live performances from the artists – instead, music videos will be shown. The grand final will take place on 12th February 2022.
Previously, ERR revealed statistics about the songs which had been submitted to take part in the competition. 84 songs were submitted in Estonian, though English, French, Spanish and Italian were also represented amongst the submissions. There was also a song in an imaginary language amongst the selection!
Estonia’s Eurovision Journey
Estonia has appeared at almost every Eurovision since its debut in 1994. They have won the contest once with Tanel Padar, Dave Benton, and 2XL in 2001, singing Everybody. Other notable Estonian entrants include 3rd placer Sahlene with Runaway in 2002 and Ines with Once In A Lifetime in 2000, who placed 4th. More recently, their highest-placing entries have been Urban Symphony with Randajad in 2009 and Ott Lepland with Kuula in 2012, both of whom finished in 6th place. In 2021, they elected to resend 2020 representative Uku Suviste through Eesti Laul to the contest with The Lucky One. He failed to qualify for the final.
Estonia has used Eesti Laul to decide their competing entry every year since 2009. Before then, they used another national final format, Eurolaul, dating back to their first attempt at participation in 1993, where they failed to make it through the pre-qualifying round.
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News source: ERR
Photo source: Magnus Lutter / ERR