We now enter the final week of Eesti Laul quarter finals, as ERR have revealed the final ten artists and songs who will be competing to represent Estonia at Eurovision in 2022!
The final quarter final will air on ERR on Saturday 11th December at 20.35 CET. Much the same as previous weeks, music videos for each of the entries will be shown. The first three qualifiers will be decided by a public televote, with the fourth and fifth coming from a jury of Estonian music industry professionals.
The competing artists and songs are:
|Eleryn Tiit||“Tunnete keel”||Karl Killing, Gevin Niglas, Eleryn Tiit, Aron Blom|
|Púr Múdd, Shira||“Golden Shores”||Madis Sillamo, Oliver Rõõmus, Joonatan Siiman, Kasper Krogh Vestergaard, Nikolaj Toth Andersen|
|ELYSA||“Fire”||Linnea Deb, Ellen Benediktsson, Andreas Stone, Elisa Kolk, Indrek Rahumaa|
|Dramanda||“Tule minu sisse”||Amanda Hermiine Künnapas, Hendrik Põlluste|
|Emily J.||“Quicksilver”||Vallo Kikas, Emili Jürgens, Ani Nnebedum, Aleksanteri Hulkko|
|Ott Lepland||“Aovagulses”||Ott Lepland, Maian Anna Kärmas, Karl-Ander Reismann|
|Jessica||“My Mom”||Steven Ilves, Jessica Rohelpuu|
|Minimal Wind ft. Emily Tiffany||“What to Make of This”||Paula Pajusaar, Taavi-Hans Kõlar, Elisabeth Tiffany Lepik, Ralf-Erik Kollom|
|Ariadne||“Shouldn’t Be Friends”||Liina Ariadne Pedanik, Martti Hallik, Sofi Meronen, Aleksi Liski|
|Black Velvet||“Sandra”||Sven Lõhmus|
Who might you recognise?
Emily J collaborated with Xtra Basic to perform “Hold Me Close” in Eesti Laul 2019. The song qualified to the final, but ultimately finished in last place.
Ott Lepland is no stranger to the Contest, having won Eesti Laul in 2012 and representing Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. Singing “Kuula”, he finished in 6th place.
Ariadne last took part in Eesti Laul in 2017, performing “Feel Me Now”. Ariadne qualified for the final, and finished in 6th place.
While Shira was unable to qualify for the final on her own, she has a second chance this year with Púr Múdd. Previously, Shira had tried to represent Estonia in 2020 with the song “Out in Space”. Shira finished in 6th place in Eesti Laul.
Who has already qualified to the Eesti Laul semi-finals?
|Jaagup Tuisk||“Kui vaid”|
|Helen||“Vaata minu poole”|
|Andrei Zevakin ft. Grete Paia||“Mis nüüd saab”|
|Frants Tikerpuu and Triin Niitoja||“Laululind”|
|Merilin Mälk||“Little Girl”|
|Alabama Watchdog||“Move On”|
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 their 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