This weekend the Eesti Laul quarter-finals came to a close! This week’s Eesti Laul show was hosted by former Estonian representatives Getter Jaani and Jüri Pootsmann. We now know all 20 semi-finalists who will compete in the next round of Eesti Laul in February 2022.
Eesti Laul Quarter-Final 4 results
|1||Púr Múdd, Shira||“Golden Shores”||Qualified (Jury Vote)|
|2||ELYSA||“Fire”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
|3||Minimal Wind ft. Emily Tiffany||“What to Make of This”||Qualified (Jury Vote)|
|4||Dramanda||“Tule minu sisse”||Out|
|6||Ott Lepland||“Aovagulses”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
|7||Eleryn Tiit||“Tunnete keel”||Out|
|9||Ariadne||“Shouldn’t Be Friends||Out|
|10||Black Velvet||“Sandra”||Qualified (Public Vote)|
Much the same as previous weeks, music videos for each of the entries were shown. The first three qualifiers were decided by a public televote, with the fourth and fifth coming from a jury of Estonian music industry professionals.
The five semi-finalists now have a couple of months to prepare for the next round of live shows, which will take place on the 3rd and 5th February 2022.
The full Eesti Laul 2022 semi final line up
Tonight’s five qualifiers join the 15 songs that had previously through the other three quarter-finals. With the conclusion of tonight’s show we now have our full Eesti Laul 2022 semi final line up.
|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”|
|Púr Múdd, Shira||“Golden Shores”|
|Minimal Wind ft. Emily Tiffany||“What to Make of This”|
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
Photo Source: ERR/Kairit Leibold