Merilin Mälk, who is competing in Eesti Laul with the song “Little Girl,” is ill and will not be performing live. The news was announced on the website of Estonian broadcaster ERR. Just like fellow semi-finalist Elysa, who tested positive for Covid, she will be competing with her music video, with which she qualified from Quarter-Final 3 of Eesti Laul.
What to expect from Eesti Laul Semi-Final 1
Merilin Mälk is one of 10 artists competing in the first Semi-Final of Eesti Laul on February 3. The second semi-final will be held February 5. 5 acts from each Semi-Final will progress to the Final, which is set to be held February 12. The semi-finals will be hosted by Maarja-Liis Ilus and Priit Loog. Merilin’s song is fifth in the running order, and you can find the full running order for both semi-finals here. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the semi-finals will be held without an audience. Both the ill Merilin Mälk and Elysa will greet viewers through a video message.
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 Credit: Siim Lõvi / ERR